QUESTION wrote:I was diagnosed with Apnea last week. I am a disable veteran with a 20% rating for Plantar Fasciitis. Do I apply for additional disabilty for sleep apnea or should I apply for it as a secondary condition because of my planters faciitis?
My understanding is that you would have had to have had some sort of symptoms or complications associated with apnea before you gotten out of the military. To say it is secondary to plantar fasciitis, that would be a difficult one to prove. It will be totally up to you to prove the link between your foot issue and apnea.
In my case, I had a fusion of C5-C7 in my C-Spine. They broke my neck and put in metal plates and pieces from a cadeaver, but the doctors are telling me there is no correlation between the work done in my neck and my sleep apnea.
That is what brought me here.
Let me give you an example of when something is "secondary" to a service connected disability. In my case, I am in chronic pain because of my neck problems and take narcotics. Now I suffer from depression because of my associated side effects of the narcotics I take for my neck. Because of issue A, it caused issue B so to speak.
To answer your other question, MEB = Medical Evaluation Board It is the board that decides you are fit for continued military service or do you need to be medically seperated/discharged.
Hope that helps and Good Luck!!