Posted on May 14, 2019
SSgt Mark Ashi
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Been out for 30 years and have been suffering from both conditions. Could not get any decent medical records only physicals. No clinic records. Am at 60% right now (grateful). Thank you
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MSG Robert Conrad
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Edited 3 y ago
Gerd and Hiatel Hernia are rated together because of a regulatory requirement. Pyramiding is what everyone refers to. Its explained in 38 CFR 4.14. Also your sleep apnea will be evaluated with any of several respiratory disorders, asthma, bronchitis, etc. Essentially they rate them separate and then award you the most advantageous evaluation.

Sleep apnea requires evidence in service such as a sleep study. You may have a shot at secondary service connection if you have a SC condition like TBI (for Central Sleep Apnea), or upper respiratory condition like sinusitis (for obstructive sleep apnea). Both of those are known conditions that can cause sleep apnea. Of course the MOST common cause in older men is deconditioned neck muscles. That makes it pretty difficult for a doctor to write a plausable statement about a guy that has been out for 40 years, and try to link it to a 1.5 year stent in Army, for example.
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SSgt Mark Ashi
SSgt Mark Ashi
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This is helpful and I thank you Sir.
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Sgt James Gross
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I would talk to Veterans Service officer, he or she could give you more info about filing and how to go about it.
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SSgt Mark Ashi
SSgt Mark Ashi
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Thank you...Will do.
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SGM Steve Wettstein
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Whatever you want to claim, you need to have proof that it is service connected or you will get nothing for them.
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SSgt Mark Ashi
SSgt Mark Ashi
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Thank you. I agree - just hard to get the evidence.
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