Originally Posted by nash031
Used to be that sleep apnea was the ticket to disability. That loophole has become much smaller under the recent VA scrutiny.
Yeah, it was really popular for a while.
I tell people to get "everything" documented not because I want them to "game the system" but because that "no big deal" thing can evolve into a pretty big deal. For instance, I started getting a rash while I was on the boat and just saw the corpsman for it most of the time when it flared up (which pretty much never makes it into the medical record). Fortunately for me, both my last physical and my VA physical happened when I was having an "outbreak" so it was documented and rated. So I was rated at 10%. 8 years later, the last flareup I had caused itching and tenderness with the rash covering ~70% of my body, which is grounds for a 60% rating. Had it not flared up when I was getting out (it's worse in the heat/humidity and I got out in the summer in south Georgia), I likely wouldn't have had any medical "proof" that it came about while I was in the Navy and there would be no service connection for it. 60% is a decent chunk of change and means free VA medical for all conditions and a higher priority group but it could be missed because someone didn't think to bother getting that "little rash" documented while they were still in.