Under current VA regulations, veterans who are prescribed a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine receive an automatic rating of 50 percent disability rating if approved. In fiscal 2013, veterans receiving compensation for sleep apnea jumped by 26 percent, to include more than 29,000 beneficiaries, VA data show. As of Oct. 1, a total of 143,278 vets were rated disabled by sleep apnea. 89 percent of those approved received ratings of at least 50 percent.
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