VA May Extend Service Presumption for Gulf War Illnesses

Congress and the VA are fighting whether post 9/11 combat veterans should receive the same presumption that unexplained medical conditions could be the result of military service that has applied to the veterans of the 1991 Gulf War. The VA is willing to have the service presumption for Gulf War illnesses apply to Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, but the VA opposes extending the presumption to troops in Afghanistan because there is no indication of similar health problems in those veterans. Rep. Larry Kissel who is in favor of the extension stated, “Illnesses do not recognize government statutes or regulatory timetables…” We can only hope the VA does what is best for our nation’s newest veterans.

Additional Information on Veterans’ Claims

  • Types of VA Disability Claims
    In addition to more commonly known physical injuries (including traumatic brain injuries) and mental disabilities (including PTSD), there are many types of veterans disability claims, such as Gulf War Syndrome. 
  • VA Claims and Appeals Process
    More information on the VA claims process that will help you substantiate your claim so that you stand a better chance of obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
  • Denied VA Disability Claims
    If your claim has been denied, you can file an appeal and set up a hearing in an attempt to get the Office of Veterans Affairs to re-review and approve your claim.

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