Those who remember me know how I had been fighting with the VA since 2008 for 100% service connected disability. Well yesterday I found out that I now have that status. It was actually my diabetes that put me over the goal line.
Last fall my diabetes doctor started me on a Continuous Glucose Monitor and within 2 weeks she noted that my PTSD nightmares were spiking my readings during my sleep. I mean they were going up to around 400 which is very bad, and explains why I was not able to control my A1C reading even with insulin.
After seeing the doctor's report about the PTSD dreams I filed a claim for service connection for my diabetes being worsened by the PTSD. Last month I had my Pension & Compensation exam for this claim. Not only did this doctor say that my diabetes was service connected (20%), but the numb legs (10% each) and Chronic Kidney Disease (60%) were service connected which were things I didn't even file for.
So now after 13 years of fighting with the VA I no longer have to worry about not being able to make ends meet each month. I went through about 90% of the funds in my IRA over those years just to keep my head above water.
I still have appeals pending with the VA on my PTSD but having the diabetes service connected should allow me to win those and therefor get the back pay to 2015 and be able to refund my retirement account.