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I have very bad sleep apnea. It has gotten worse over the years. The VA has me on a machine. I never complained about it when I was on active duty. Can I get paid for it now? And if so how do I put in for it?
A1: Never went to sick bay with my snoring because nothing could be do about it while I was on active duty. now if I don't use my machine my wife will not sleep with me because I am too loud. (DW) 8/1/19
A2: Go to your VSO that has your POA and file a claim. He will advise you on Sleep Apnea and how it can be filed. You can draw compensation if it is secondary to an existing claim. (GH) 8/1/19
A3: It depends. There has been a lot of blowback on compensation for sleep apnea, with some attorneys approaching Congress to eliminate any stipend. For example, I railed and spoke against one atty b/c I had a direct military cause for my condition (my submarine hit the bottom wherein I was slammed against the metal bulkhead, suffering extensive nasal damage, with no nearby surgery facilities...it "healed" on its own after several months, but the result was a severe pulmonary AND cardiac problem, which are related. (RB) 8/1/19