I have been awarded 20% SC disability for DMII caused by Agent Orange. The effective date of diagnosis for that was set to May 2007. That date was from the last dated statment by a doctor who explicitly diagnosed me as having DMII. In the documentation I provided, I tried to make it clear that other doctors had diagnosed my DMII as starting much earlier. The reason for doing that was to show that a complication of diabetes, atherosclerosis, had started after the onset of diabetes. In my origional claim application I had requested and was denied that atherosclerosis be considered a complication of diabetes. At present, I have filed a letter requesting the VA to reconsider the 5/2007 date. I provided additional evidence showing that Oct 2002 should be the date of diagnosis. It is most important to me to show the VA that my atherosclerosis is a complication of diabetes. Through a process of elimination and exhaustive testing, all other known causes for it have been ruled out leaving only diabetes as a constant factor. I have received coronary and peripheral artery stents, one at a time, about every 5 months since 2003. The cost of this has been staggering and I now have had to postpone getting stents in 3 different locations. During all this time, I do not have any documentation stating a diagnosis that I have atherosclerosis. There maybe others reasons why my arteries get blocked but as I said earlier, it would be difficult to find one. With my history it might be obvious that I have had atherosclerosis for a long time, but if so, then the same standard of proof should be applied to the onset date of DMII. My question is this: . If I got a doctor statement stating that my last stent I got on Sep 11, 2008 was caused by atherosclerosis, and diagnosed on that date, as a complication of diabetes, would that set a diagnosis date for a VA claim?