1. john

    Hi just want to ask questions related to your topic about diabetes.first of all I’m in the active duty Army and I just recently diagnose but my doctor told me it takes more test to be sure that I’m a diabetic last blood sugar test i have was h1a1c 6.6%.my mom is diabetec but i was only diagnose when i was already in the army if this is service connected but you have a family history how this works would you still avail the benefits from the V.A.?

    1. Chris Attig

      I’m not sure if I understand the question, but let me take a stab…tell me if I miss something:

      1) Yes, it takes more than a single blood glucose test to diagnose diabetes.

      2) If you were diagnosed as diabetic in the military, you should definitely file a claim for service-connection of the diabetes, as an in-service diagnosis of a disability is the clearest evidence of direct service connection you can find.


  2. Amanda Carpick

    I am interested in knowing if any of the above would apply to reservists. My husband was in the Army Reserves from 1999-2004 (approximately 5.5 years). In late 1999 he was diagnosed in a civilian setting with Type I Diabetes. He became ill about 2 weeks after a two week annual training at Fort Knox and was diagnosed about 3 weeks after his return. He was told that his Diabetes could not be service connected because he was diagnosed as a civilian while not on active duty (between his training times…). His superiors were aware of his diagnosis, but he was not discharged until March of 2004. Due to being discharged prior to the 6 year reserve mark, he is not eligible for VA loan guarantee unless his Diabetes is Service Connected. I would be interested to know if you have had any cases that are related to reservists and if you have had any success.

    1. Chris Attig


      In a latent condition like Diabetes, the focus for a reservist is the connection to active federal service. The VA will invariably look to the date of diagnosis, and if it was not diagnosed on active duty for training, they will say – as they did in your case – that its not service connected.

      Sometimes that is a legitimate analysis, sometimes it is not.

      Another factor that is a little “unusual” is that your husband’s diagnosis is Type I (not Type II). I’m not a doctor, but I do know that they have very separate “causal chains”.

      I strongly recommend you have an attorney take a look at the claim – there are 5 Paths to Service Connection, and when it comes to Reservists, it is important that all of them are examined as options.

      Make sure you talk to several attorneys – I suggest talking to at least 3 – so that you can see the different approaches that are out there, and find one that works for you.

      Check out this eBook at Veterans University: 8 Things that Every Veteran Should Know Before Hiring an Attorney.

      — Chris A.


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