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What VA Benefits Are Available for Veterans Suffering from OSA?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a severe sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans. It occurs when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, leading to interrupted breathing and a lack of oxygen. Thus, OSA can cause a variety of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Veterans are at an increased risk of OSA due to several factors, including exposure to loud noise, deployment to combat zones, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Given the seriousness of this disorder, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes OSA as a service-connected disability, and veterans who meet specific criteria may be eligible for VA benefits to cover the diagnosis and treatment of OSA.

What VA Benefits Are Available for Veterans Suffering from OSA?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes veterans’ unique challenges with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and provides a comprehensive range of benefits to address their needs. These benefits include medical care, monthly compensation, vocational rehabilitation, and home modifications.


  1. Medical Care: Under this benefit, the VA generally would cover the cost of the diagnosis and treatment of OSA. These treatments may include but are not limited to CPAP therapy, which is a widely used treatment that involves the use of a mask that delivers continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to keep the airway open during sleep; oral appliances, which is designed to reposition the jaw and improve airflow; and even surgery.
  2. Monthly Compensation: Veterans with OSA may also be eligible for monthly compensation payments. The amount of compensation is determined based on the severity of the OSA, assessed through factors such as the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) and the presence of daytime sleepiness or fatigue. This financial support helps compensate for the impact of OSA on veterans’ quality of life and ability to function.
  3. Vocational Rehabilitation: The VA recognizes that OSA can significantly affect a veteran’s ability to work and thus offer a vocational rehabilitation program. Under this initiative, the VA provides comprehensive services to help veterans with OSA develop new skills, explore suitable career options, and obtain employment that accommodates their disability. This support includes career counseling, job training, and placement assistance.
  4. Home Modifications: The VA also understands that certain home modifications may be necessary to accommodate the needs of veterans with OSA, so they offer financial assistance for changes such as installing wheelchair ramps, widening doorways, or adding grab bars in the bathroom. These modifications enhance accessibility and safety, enabling veterans to live independently and comfortably in their homes.


The VA’s commitment to supporting veterans with OSA extends beyond these core benefits. They also offer additional services and resources tailored to individual needs and circumstances to ensure that veterans with OSA receive the care and support they deserve, promoting their overall health, well-being, and quality of life.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for a Veteran to be Eligible for VA Benefits for OSA?

To be eligible for VA benefits for OSA, a veteran must meet the following criteria:


  • They must have a current diagnosis of OSA from a VA-approved provider. This generally means that the OSA diagnosis must be made by a qualified medical professional authorized to diagnose and treat OSA. The VA has several approved providers who can provide this diagnosis, including VA doctors, community providers, and sleep centers.


  • Their OSA must be service connected, which means that the OSA must have been caused or aggravated by the veteran’s military service. The VA considers many factors when determining whether OSA is service connected, including the veteran’s military occupation, exposure to hazardous materials, and other relevant factors.


  • They must meet the VA’s income and asset requirements. The VA considers many factors when determining a veteran’s income and assets, including the veteran’s taxable income, dependents, and other assets.


If a veteran meets all the eligibility criteria, they may receive various benefits from the VA for OSA. These benefits include medical care, disability compensation, and vocational rehabilitation. The VA also provides several other services to veterans with OSA, such as support groups and counseling.


If you are a veteran and you may have OSA, it is crucial to seek help from a healthcare provider. OSA can be a severe health condition, but it can be treated effectively. The VA can provide you with the care and support you need to manage your OSA and live a healthy life.


If you or a loved one is eligible to claim for OSA, you can count on us to assist you in filing your claim. At McKown and Myers, it’s our job to help Hoosiers like you get the compensation they need to get medical treatment and support their families. We’re here to answer your questions about your OSA claim – call 765-668-7531 or complete our contact form here. There’s no obligation – we’re here to help.