I'm also on the VA treadmill
I was diagnosed with PLS 15 June 2008
I've submitted for service connectedness, I am already considered 50% by the VA prior to this diagnosis, Receiving some initial help thru the DAV. I’m interested in the 2 expert opinions you mentioned.
I worked in nuclear and chemical related areas during my 20 yrs of military service.
I'm also interested in Walter's comments that he received an e-mail from "the ALS Association- Advocacy Department that stated. "September 23, the Veterans Administration will publish regulations officially establishing ALS as a service connected disease!" It doesn't matter how long after discharge a person develops ALS.
However, I didn't see anything about PLS so I don't know if PLS will be included. "
I will be looking for that.
The doctor who diagnosed my condition at Shands, stated his concerns about my 20yrs of working with chronic low level neutron radiation & other nuke and chemical items when he talked with me, but stated that causal linking to the disease was not established.
Had medical meeting with the VA on the 18th the purpose to establish how PLS is aggravating my current disability.
Currently recovering from shoulder surgery caused because of a fall as my walking is decidely unstable do to the PLS.
You can submit new evidence following any decision. I was denied the first time so I submitted new evidence. They denied me again so I submitted new evidence and now I'm waiting for another decision.
The organizations can help you fill out paperwork get evidence and records, help navigate the system and keep track of everything you've submitted. Call one and explain your situation and what you've done thus far.
As far as proof I don't know that I can answer that question in full. They need proof that the condition occurred during or was aggravated by military service. ... 2 expert opinions and so far I'm not service connected. That doesn't mean you won't be connected immediately. I don't know your situation but wanted to impress that you may have to fight.