I was a Marine in Vietnam (boots on the ground) from December 1965 until September 1967 in the I Corps area. I now have DMII, Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, and sleep apnea (among other things). When I submitted my original claim to VA I was granted disability and service connection for PTSD and Tinitus. However, my claim for DMII and related secondary claims were rejected as not "service connected". According to everything I read, these DMII claims should have been automatic. Proof of these ailments from civilian Doctors were submitted. When I recieved the claim decision I was told to do a "NOD", which I did. That was some months ago. I am now told it may take a year or more to get a hearing on my NOD. Why? The more time passes, the more pissed I get. Denying my DMII claim as not service connected was a Clear and Unmistakeable error on the part of the VA. Anyone with the most minimal knowledge of AO exposure should have approved my DMII claim based on AO exposure when the claim was originally submitted. For the same reason, someone reading my NOD should have recognized the error the VA made. What possible excuse could they have for dragging this out? Is there any steps I can take to get this resolved quicker?