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Mrs. Wife.....Sorry my first sentence was a little goofy, in 2005 I had a mild heart attack and one stent was put in, then in early 2009 I filed for ISMATIC HEART DISEASE. and received 60% VA Disability. I also only had 30% of my left ventricle. Another quick question, what is your husbands VA percentage now? Steve  (Nov 21, 2013 | post #5868)

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Mrs. Wife......No defib here but stent of and my left ventricle is at 30%, and I was rated at 60%. Was the notification of the C/P by mail? If so does the paperwork indicate what exams he will be doing? Will need this info before I can give you a heads up. Get back with me ASAP Steve  (Nov 21, 2013 | post #5867)

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Heart Disease added to Agent Orange Vietnam Vets

George.....I wouldn't take the advise of your VSO's to the bank, the rental is still an income in my book. If it was me I still would talk to a VA Attorney.  (Nov 19, 2013 | post #5865)

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Heart Disease added to Agent Orange Vietnam Vets

Rose.....A friend of mine smoked for years and thought it would be impossible to quit but he found a way....Electronic Cigarettes!! He found a site online and purchased a starter pack for around $50.00 tossed the cigarettes and totally used the electronics. In about 6 weeks he was able to quit the electronics. Also during that period there was no nasty cigarette order, no going outside to smoke because the electronic is just a mist but you still get the nicotine you crave. and comes in many flavors....if you want I can send you the website address, think about it...and all the bad weather either went north or south of our area....lots of wind but very little rain. :)  (Nov 19, 2013 | post #5864)

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Heart Disease added to Agent Orange Vietnam Vets

Rose......Smoked what? LOL....I started on cigarettes when I landed in Vietnam, smoked for about 30 yrs and quite about 16 years ago. Still get the urge to light one up. :(  (Nov 18, 2013 | post #5859)

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Heart Disease added to Agent Orange Vietnam Vets

George...first I'm no expert, usually get my answers from researching the internet or going on other Veterans Chat Sites. Ok, your question has been asked in a few of the Chat Sites I've visited, and its somewhat in a gray area. Just a couple of questions: As the owner and manager of rentals do you perform mantanice such as repairs, cleaning etc. etc of the units? Are the rentals your primary income? If not are you employed full-time (40 hr week) at another job? Check out these websites and I strongly suggest you find a knowledge attorney who knows the VA Laws, an appointment with an attorney may cost you few hundred bucks but could save you thousands in the end. http://benefits.va .gov/BENEFITS/fact sheets/serviceconn ected/IU.PDF http://www.vawatch dog.org/TDIU_-_Une mployability.html Hope this helps, keep in contact and good luck.  (Nov 17, 2013 | post #5856)

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Bits.....your story is somewhat like mine, presently I'm 80% for IHD, PTSD and Tennitis. I filed for Unemployability March of 2012, around August of that year C/P for PTSD, and IHD, no Tennitis C/P. Last month was re-scheduled for second PTSD C/P and Tinnitis but no IHD C/P. My ebennies was stuck on "Review of Evidence" for over 12 months but as of last week jumped to "Prep for Decision". Maybe happy days are not far off.  (Nov 16, 2013 | post #5853)

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Heart Disease added to Agent Orange Vietnam Vets

Billie.....sounds like you made it through the exams with flying colors, now comes the worst part, WAITING!!! I filed for unemployability on March 1, 2012, checked ebennies last week and found it was at the Decision Making Stage. Hopefully the decision will be made after March 1, 2014 making it a full 2 years of back pay. Just be patient, it will come through good or bad. This is a good place to vent, always someone here to listen and return some sort advise.....take care and WELCOME HOME!!  (Nov 16, 2013 | post #5852)

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Dennis....Need to edit my first sentence.......A NEXUS letter is just another a piece of the puzzle you WILL need to Claim Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OPA) as service connected. I found this article which I hope you read before spending to much time on this claim.  (Nov 16, 2013 | post #5851)

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Heart Disease added to Agent Orange Vietnam Vets

A NEXUS letter is the most is a piece of the puzzle you WILL need to Claim Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OPA) as a service connected. I found this article which I hope you read before spending to much time on this claim. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Unless the veteran has a solid diagnosis of OSA while on active duty, the condition may be impossible to claim as service connected. Snoring may be a sign of OSA or it may not. OSA is a serious health condition and more information is brought into our knowledge banks every day. To be awarded a benefit for OSA will require a medical record that supports your claim that you had OSA during your military service. A statement from your spouse or a buddy isn't likely to carry any weight. If your OSA has been diagnosed well after your military service has ended but you've heard how lucrative the benefit is (50% if you use a CPAP) you should think long and hard before you apply for the award. If you were a chronic heavy snorer while on active duty, can you document that? Did you ever make a sick call because of chronic daytime sleepiness? Have you ever been at fault in an accident where you fell asleep at the wheel of your vehicle? During any hospitalization or surgical treatment, did a health care provider make a note to your record about your airway obstruction or a breathing problem during anesthesia? Once you're sure that you can prove your case, you may want to file that claim. If you don't believe that you have the evidence you'll need, consider delaying any action while you attempt to have a nexus letter written. That could require a formal IME that you'll pay for out of your own pocket. If you're a heavy snorer today, whether or not you are able to make a service connection and receive a VA benefit, get a sleep study done. Sleep studies are now available for you to have it all done in the privacy of your own bedroom. You no loner must spend a night in a sleep lab...you can take a small piece of equipment home (a headband sort of arrangement) and wear it to bed. When you return it to your doctor the data gathered will be analyzed for a diagnosis. Using a CPAP may reduce the incidence of adult onset diabetes, heart disease, strokes and many other of the conditions that come to us as we age. Not only that...the daytime sleepiness you experience from the lack of a good nights sleep will be much less severe. Medicare and most insurers will pay for the home sleep study and the CPAP you may need afterwards. It's well worth your time.  (Nov 16, 2013 | post #5850)

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Heart Disease added to Agent Orange Vietnam Vets

Billie....having your past employeer fill out the VA form is a great plus for you, hopefully you have submitted all medical evidence. Just be calm,cool,and collected when doing the exam....it may turn out to be quite easy....take care and stay in touch  (Nov 11, 2013 | post #5844)

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Heart Disease added to Agent Orange Vietnam Vets

George.....don't know what it means but I do know if your being treated for PTSD by one on one, group therapy or medication do not stop doing any or all three. If you stop it could be taken as "Your doing better". Just remember no one gets better we just better manage the disease..... Steve 1st/9th 1st Cavalry Division 67-69  (Nov 11, 2013 | post #5843)

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Heart Disease added to Agent Orange Vietnam Vets

Just don't give them any ammo to make the decision not in your favor. I have read a few stories about Vets who thought they had a slam dunk with their Unemployeability Claim and received the big brown envelope to find out they were denied.....Good Luck!!! and keep in touch.  (Nov 10, 2013 | post #5840)

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Heart Disease added to Agent Orange Vietnam Vets

Billie....does this exam include a stress test on tread mill? During my last exam back in August of 2012 for Unemployeability I refused the treat mill stress test due to the unreliability of the test results, I opted for an Echo Test....it's your decision but man I'd stay away from the tread mill/  (Nov 10, 2013 | post #5838)

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Heart Disease added to Agent Orange Vietnam Vets

Billie......what is the Nov 15 C&P for (Claim) in your last post you mentioned Unemployeability, is this your claim????  (Nov 10, 2013 | post #5836)