What are presumptive illnesses for Gulf War vets?

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs keeps a list of presumptive conditions for which Gulf War veterans may receive disability compensation. Presumptive illnesses are those that the VA presumes are related to your military service even if they didn’t manifest until after your service ended.

Who is eligible for Gulf War presumptive disability?

The VA defines the Gulf War period as Aug. 2, 1990 to present day. Veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations or in Afghanistan on or after September 19, 2001 may be eligible for presumptive disability. Applicants will have to meet the following criteria.

  • They must have one of the VA’s listed presumptive illnesses.
  • The condition must have lasted for at least six months.
  • The condition must have no other causes other than service in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations.
  • The condition must appear before December 31, 2016 and to a degree that is at least 10-percent disabling as per the VA rating system.

Gulf War Presumptive Illnesses

The VA list of presumptive illness for which disabled Gulf War veterans can seek disability compensation includes the following.

  • an undiagnosed illness or condition, such as cardiovascular disease, headache, menstrual disorders, psychological problems, skin conditions, and sleep disturbances.
  • functional gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspesia, functional vomiting, functional constipation, and functional abdominal pain syndrome.
  • medically unexplained illnesses, also referred to as Gulf War Syndrome.
  • chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • fibromyalgia.
  • brucellosis.
  • campylobacter jejuni.
  • coxiella burnetii.
  • malaria.
  • nontyphoid salmonella.
  • shigella.
  • visceral leishmaniasis.
  • and, West Nile virus.

Apply for VA Disability Benefit for a Presumptive Illness

To apply for disability benefits for a Gulf War presumptive illness and to find out how much you’re entitled to, consult a disability representative. Contact our company today to learn more about our services and see how we can assist you in securing the benefits to which you’re entitled: 1-(800)-800-3332.