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VA Identifies More Diseases as Causes for Chronic Illness in Veterans of the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan

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The VA has identified nine more infectious diseases as being linked to disabilities in veterans who served in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. The  final regulation on presumptive illness for these nine infectious diseases will make it easier for veterans of these wars to get disability compensation benefits.

Veterans will only need to show service in these wars. If they had one of these diseases during service or within a certain time after their return from military duty, it will be presumed that their current disability occurred as a result of the disease. Medical evidence will not be required to prove service connection of their condition.

The nine infectious diseases are:

  • Brucellosis
  • Campylobacter jejuni
  • Coxiella Burnetii (Q fever)
  • Malaria
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Nontyphoid Salmonella
  • Shigella
  • Visceral leishmaniasis
  • West Nile virus

The new rule will be considered for claims from veterans of these wars that are currently pending at the VA and those claims on appeal or waiting final decisions.  The regulation went into effect on September 29, 2010. Review the final report from the Gulf War Veterans’ Task Force.

Veterans of these wars who suffer chronic illnesses such as the flu, frequent fevers and skin rashes may be suffering these symptoms because they had one of these presumptive diseases during or shortly after their military service.

We advise veterans of the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan to contact us at Alpha for more information on the new ruling and to discuss how to get maximum disability compensation from the VA.

Note: All representation coordinated by Alpha is provided by our employees, the Advocates, who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). No private organization that trains and employs accredited agents has been legally recognized by the VA for the purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. This work must be done by the Advocates themselves and not organizations.

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