My husband is a Vietnam vet brown water,he has been enrolled in VA healthcare for several years . He had colon cancer in 2010. Had surgery and did not require any treatments ,He has to have screenings and colonoscopies regularly,we did not use VA for this. In 2012 he suddenly began having shortness of breath. He has never smoked . He was an engine man on mine sweeper. For the past 6 yes he has been hospitalized numerous times and numerous trips to cardiology and pulminary appointments .He did have stress test and echo at VA also pulminary consult. We use a local VA clinic as his PCP. We use the care plan and Medicare for specialists. He was diagnosed with COSA in 2012 and started using c pap. His condition did not improve .He has been on continuous oxygen since 2/2017. Finally in Feb this year he was given a heart catheterization and had numerous blockages and severe pulminary hypertension. He was referred to surgeon and was told the only thing to be done was to refer him for heart lung transplant .
Sorry if that was a long read , My question is this :
I went to county VSO and filed a FDC for IHD . I gave the VSO a list of his disibalities . IHD ,hearing loss(hearing aids through VA). OCSA,Stage 2 COPD,Colon Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension, .VSO only filed for IHD ,colon cancer and COPD. Said the more claims the longer it would take and time is of the essence at this stage. Does that sound accurate???
Thanks for your time and any advice