GULF WAR VETERANS 

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the expansion of VA disability benefits available to veterans who served in Southwest Asia. Gulf War and post-9/11 veterans are now able to receive a presumption of service connection for conditions related to toxic exposures from their deployments. Veterans who deployed to the Southwest Asia theater may have been exposed to smoke from burn pits and unpaved roads, industrial air pollution, sand, dust, and exhaust from diesel and other internal combustion engines.

 

  • A medically unexplained chronic multi-symptom condition (such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or irritable bowel syndrome; or leishmaniasis

 

Eligibility Requirements Related to the Time of Diagnosis

VA Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to Veterans. They are determined by VA to be disabled by an injury or illness incurred or aggravated during active military service. These disabilities are considered to be service-connected. The Veteran must have been separated or discharged under conditions other than dishonorable to be eligible for compensation. Monthly VA disability compensation varies with the degree of VA disability and the number of eligible dependents. Veterans with severe disabilities may qualify for additional special monthly compensation (SMC). If your illness or condition was diagnosed while you were on active duty or before December 31, 2021 you can get benefits for your illness or condition if both of these descriptions are true for you and you have one of the presumptive diseases listed below.

Both of these must be true. Your illness or condition:

  • Caused you to be ill for at least 6 months, and

  • This resulted in a VA disability rating of 10% or more and you have one of these presumptive diseases:

  • Functional gastrointestinal disorders

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Other undiagnosed illnesses, including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain, and headaches

 

If your illness or condition was diagnosed within one year of your date of separation

You can get VA disability benefits for your illness or condition if you have a VA disability rating of 10% or more and you have one of these presumptive diseases:

  • Brucellosis 

  • Campylobacter jejuni

  • Coxiella burnetii (Q fever)

  • Nontyphoid salmonella

  • Shigella

  • West Nile virus

  • Malaria (or sooner in some cases)

If your illness or condition was diagnosed at any time after your date of separation

You can get VA disability benefits for your illness or condition if you have a VA disability rating of 10% or more and you have one of these presumptive diseases:

  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis

  • Visceral leishmaniasis

  • Particulate Matter Exposure - The Southwest Asia theater of operations refers to Iraq, Kuwait, the neutral zone between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and the airspace above these locations. Veterans who believe they may be eligible for presumptive service connection due to asthma, rhinitis, or sinusitis that began within 10 years of their separation from service are encouraged to apply for VA disability benefits.

 

  • A veteran who served in Southwest Asia can be service-connected for "undiagnosed illness" without direct evidence of a nexus between his or her service and the illness. For the purposes of this section, Southwest Asia includes Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and the airspace above. VA also considers service in Afghanistan to be included.

The VA Disability Advocates Main Office is Located in Las Vegas, NV. We Represent Veterans throughout the United States. 702-209-5722