VA Benefits for Sleep Apnea
Did you develop sleep disorders during or
after military service?
PTSD, anxiety, depression, Parkinson’s disease, weight gain, chronic pain, Gulf War syndrome, toxin exposure, medications, and other service-related events can lead to the development of a wide variety of sleep disorders.
Our medical experts provide VA nexus letters to service connect various forms of sleep disorders.
Types of sleep problems commonly associated
with military service include:
- Sleep apnea
- Circadian rhythm disorders
- Mefloquine-associated sleep disorders
- REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD)
Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders we see at Elite Medical Review Associates. A strong nexus letter is necessary to win service-connection for sleep apnea in most cases. And getting one can be challenging.
Typically, symptoms of sleep apnea are not documented during service. However, witness statements from bunk mates, relatives, spouses, roommates, partners, and friends can provide strong evidence of sleep apnea. Persons nearby the veteran during sleep may report loud snoring, long gaps of time with no breathing, gasping for air, insomnia, fatigue, problems concentrating, or sudden irritability.
For many veterans, our doctors write nexus letters supporting sleep apnea secondary to service-connected rhinitis, sinusitis, deviated nasal septum, and other secondary links.
The most common cause of sleep apnea in veterans is weight gain. Various service-related orthopedic problems like back pain, knee pain, or joint pain may prevent proper exercise and activity, causing significant weight gain in the years following service.
Our VA nexus letter doctors have succeeded in winning service connection for sleep apnea secondary to an orthopedic disability for numerous veterans.
We have also been successful in cases where the veteran may have experienced in-service weight gain, have been put in the weight control program, or started to exhibit the signs of metabolic syndrome in service that continued to develop years after service, ultimately leading to obesity and resulting sleep apnea.
One of the most common situations our VA nexus letter doctors see at Elite Medical Review Associates is veterans with a 90% combined VA rating who are employed and seeking an additional 50% rating to achieve a combined rating of 100%.
In these cases, if a veteran has multiple service-connected disabilities that can cause sleep apnea or an intermediary condition that can cause sleep apnea—such as obesity, our medical experts can write an opinion to support service connection for sleep apnea in the VA nexus letter context.
Decades of experience with veterans’ disability claims, our doctors are renowned for their meticulous research, recognition of all relevant scientific links between service events and sleep disorders, and diligent nexus letter preparation.