Does evidence of snoring alone prove a sleep apnea VA disability claim? No, it does not.
We all know that building the bridge of service connection requires proof of a current disability and a relationship of that disability to service.
Proving that service connection bridge in VA disability sleep apnea claims is no different.
First, your sleep apnea VA disability claim must provide evidence that you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. The ONLY way to prove a current diagnosis of sleep apnea in a VA disability claim is with a sleep study.
Second, your sleep apnea VA disability claim must provide evidence that your current diagnosis of sleep apnea is related to your military service.
This can often be easy if you were diagnosed with sleep apnea while in service. While that fact does not by itself prove nexus, it is an important piece of evidence.
However, not many veterans had a sleep study in service, and as a result, do not have a sleep apnea diagnosis in service that can be related to the current diagnosis in a VA sleep apnea disability claim.
And this is where a lot of veterans get tripped up in a sleep apnea VA disability claim. They use testimony that they snored a lot in service to attempt to establish that relationship of their sleep apnea to military service in a sleep apnea VA disability claim.
Now, that evidence can be helpful, and I am not saying to leave it out of your proof in a sleep apnea VA disability claim.
What I am saying is that if the ONLY evidence you have to connect your sleep apnea to military service in a sleep apnea VA disability claim is evidence of in-service snoring, you are going to lose.
There are so many more symptoms – and so many more IMPORTANT symptoms – of sleep apnea that you need to establish occurred in your military service to prove and hopefully win a sleep apnea VA disability claim.
I talk about a few in the video above, and I talk extensively about the symptoms of sleep apnea and the different – and effective – ways to relate those symptoms to military service.
If you want to learn more about how to prove and hopefully win a sleep apnea VA disability claim, check out my VA Sleep Apnea Field Manual.
You can get it as an eBook here.