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Hello Silverdollar22, 

Im in the same boat you were. I tried submitting a claim straight up for Sleep Apnea. Now after a lot of research Im trying to service connect it to my SC Depression. 

Would you be able to send me a copy of the IMO. I plan to go see the sleep rx to possibly get a Nexus. 

Thanks in Advance.

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On 9/18/2018 at 8:26 AM, silverdollar22 said:

First, do you have a diagnosis for sleep apnea? Second, I found it easier to claim secondary, rather than trying to claim that it occurred while in service. I was a very loud snorer while in the service and probably had it then but, I have been researching and it seemed almost impossible to service connect while in service (JMHO). I can send you a copy of the IMO so you can show it to your doctor and explain how it needs to read for the VA to understand. It has to show good rational to connect the dots.

Silver,

I do have an diagnosis of sleep apnea and there is some in-service documentation I will have when my c-file gets here. can you send me that information also?

Thanks,

 

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