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Dave-OH
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Posted - Nov 11 2010 :  08:50:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To all my fellow Veterans, to the parents and grandparents of service members and to spouses of Veterans.

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Scout
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Posted - Nov 11 2010 :  3:07:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You're a good man Dave!!

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spamnx
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Posted - Oct 19 2012 :  12:06:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Dave,

I was referred to you by greatunclebill on the sleepapnea.org site. He thought you might be able to guide or assist me in a claim. I am pasting my post from the site, if you could direct I would be greatly appreciated. If not, thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Paul

Pasted Post from www.sleepapnea.org


Sleep Apnea claim with the V.A. rejected again.

Postby spamnx » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:25 pm
Hafa adai and aloha to all,

I'm a veteran from 1984-1988 and I'm appealing a VA rejection for my claim of Sleep Apnea. I have been rejected because I failed to get a Polysomnograph while in service.(I didn't even know I had it until 1997)

My question is does anyone know when the first Polysomnograph was performed in the U.S. and the U.S. Army in particular with regard to Ft. Hood, TX. from July 1985 to October 1986, and November 1986 to December 1988 or even where I could find that information. Since I can't get approved for lack of a Polysomnograph, I'm trying to determine if the U.S. Army even had the ability to have me tested during that time because they lacked the resources to diagnose my condition. I've been able to get five eye witness testimonies of my having the symptoms and features of Sleep Apnea during my time in service, but the V.A. requires a Polysomnograph, BUT if none were available at that time, I think I have a good shot at winning my appeal.

God bless you for any help, assistance and direction you can provide!


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Dave-OH
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Posted - Oct 19 2012 :  12:45:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sleep medicine started to accredit centers in 1975. A number of professions have been doing sleep study for a while. They include Pulmonology, ENT, Neurology and Psychiatry. I am sure that by 1988 the Army either had sleep specialists or contracted it out. You need to have entries in your SMR of sleep problems if you never had a study. Did you go to medical for the problem. Without that it will be a hard fight to win.

"By 1975 a handful of centers started examining patients during sleep. In addition to Stanford, Montefiore Medical Center in New York, Ohio State University, Baylor College in Houston, University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical School were providing overnight sleep studies. Until 1975 Sleep Medicine was deemed “experimental” and medical insurance companies routinely denied reimbursement claims. However, that year, Blue Shield of California recognized the significance of Sleep Medicine and began reimbursing patients for sleep services."


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