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Hello and thanks for reading. I have tried to research the FAQ but keep getting the error message ” We could not locate the item you are trying to view. Error code: 2F176/1″, so hopefully this is not to repetitive. First a little bit of a back story- I have 44 years combined service for pay (Both active duty (combat) Active Reserve, NG and returns to Active duty for deployments. I used a state VA representative to help file my claim and during the process (the VSO) filed all my claims at one time. These included PTSD, Type II diabetes (presumptive), Tinnitus, Bilateral hearing loss, and sleep apnea, neuropathy in my left foot, right foot etc.
After an C&P I was given a 100% P&T for PTSD (service connected – Combat). My other issues were initially deferred. After looking at my information on eBenefits (still waiting of subsequent decision letters, I found the following (note I have completed all the C&P examinations as requested)
10% For tinnitus (service connected) 20% for Type II diabetes, (service connected) 10% for myopathy in my left foot, 10% for my right foot (service connected) 0% for bilateral hearing loss (service connected) and 0% for sleep apnea (NOT service connected).
So while I was surprised at the sleep apnea rating, I think that perhaps this was a result of the the way the claim was filed, in that it was not filed as a secondary to the PTSD.
So the questions then becomes, since I am not seeking SMC, as I do not presently see a real path to it in my present state, is pursuing the Sleep Apnea really a hill worth climbing, since as I understand it because I am already 100% service connected then the VA will provide my CPAP needs. So anyone out there see something I am missing, AND if I do seek to address the Apnea do I simply file an appeal to the decision letter or do I submit a new claim for the Sleep Apnea, as secondary.
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Hello and thanks for reading. I have tried to research the FAQ but keep getting the error message We could not locate the item you are trying to view. Error code: 2F176/1, so hopefully this is not to repetitive. First a little bit of a back story- I have 44 years combined service for pay (Both a...