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Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF):

Veterans have experienced chronic disabilities resulting from undiagnosed or unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses. The following conditions have been identified as service-connected by the Veterans Administration:

Symptoms of Undiagnosed Illness

  • Abnormal Weight Loss
  • Cardiovascular
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Headache
  • Joint Pain
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Muscle Pain
  • Neurological
  • Neuropsychological
  • Skin Disorders
  • Upper and Lower Respiratory
  • Sleep Disturbances

Unexplained Clusters of Symptoms

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Infectious Diseases

  • Brucellosis
  • Campylobacter Jejuni
  • Coxiella Burnetii (known as Q FeverA)
  • Malaria
  • Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
  • Nontyphoid Salmonella
  • Shigella
  • Visceral Leishmaniasis
  • West Nile Virus

Currently, legislative leaders are considering creating a presumptive list specific to veterans serving in the conflicts of Southwest Asia from 1991 to present. We will continue to monitor the process of these developments.

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If you do not receive a fully favorable decision from the VA, or you disagree with the percentage given to your disability, we can help you appeal for more.

It can take months, in many cases, years, for the VA to grant benefits. If you think you have a service-connected disability, or need help to prove that you do, the Alpha team is ready to help you.

Contact us to get started on your claim.

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.


21 comments to “OEF/OIF”

  • Amanda S., June 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    2 years after I returned home from Iraq I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer. I was only 21 at the time…My oncologist said based on the size of the tumor it started growing 2 years ago…well I was in Iraq at that time…so i was just wondering if it qualifies as a combat related injury/illness.

  • Alpha, June 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Yes, your condition could very well qualify. You should submit a claim as soon as possible to protect your effective date. The VA will then ask you for medical evidence to support your claim. Your medical records and an opinion letter from your doctor should support that your condition likely started while you were on active duty.It’s not necessary to prove that the military caused it, only that it occurred while on active duty. We can help you with your claim. If interested, please contact us.

  • Erika, September 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    My fiancé recently submited a claim into the VA for his knees back and ankles. He has severe joint pain in them. They denied his claim, yet I see that above they recognize joint pain as service connected. I’m confused by this. I know a lot of his medical records got lost, do you have to have proof of in service injury? He did have his exams done within a year from separation from military and he has arthritis in his joints. How could they deny this?

  • Alpha, September 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    It sounds like your fiance should get help with fighting for the compensation he deserves. He should talk to one of our Alpha advocates for help with his VA claim.

  • Jessica, February 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I have already filed my intial claim and have contacted alpha for my appeal, i was looking at this list and some of the undiagnosed illnesses apply to me but I dont know if I can add these to my claim. Can I is this possible

  • Alpha, February 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm


    Please contact your Alpha advocate. They will point you in the right direction. Remember they want to get you the most you deserve in VA benefits. Call them today.

  • Sgt Kellyglenn T. foley, April 10, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Good day I have extensive list Im currently on active duty (Im a army res) I ve been on 4 deployments 1st central america 6months,2nd Iraq 1year,3rd central america 6months,4th central america again 1 year Im currently in the CBWTU wounded worror program i guess my question is I injured both shoulders in cental america 2005,and 2010 and had surgery on both labral tear bicep tendon problems.I have sleep apnea i was diagnoised by the VA after I came back from Iraq 2007-2008,but was issed a cpap machine 7-2011on AD,I have bilateral shoulder pain/upper neck and migr headaches,and possibly PTSD which im seeing counsulars for as well,I was diag with hypertension april 2010 after i injured my lft shoulder playing football during pt in central america(honduras)I have a rt knee injury as well occured during deployment in honduras 2005 I have LODs for both shoulders and my rt knee I recently hurt my lower back during PT for my rt knee about 2 months ago anyways I also have acid reflux and some other issues.I did apply for benefits but was denied due to lack of eved(they couldnt find my med records and the QTC only dia hp anyways I have a host of other problems I need to know about opening up/starting a new claim I have nt heard whether im going to MEB or ets on OCT10.2012 could you help me with this?? thanks cell #951-595-3923(DOB 2-13-1961) Sgt Foley,Kellyglenn T. tjkelly04@yahoo.com

  • Tara, April 16, 2012 at 5:50 am

    My husband was discharged on march 17 2011 and filed for disability shortly after. He was receiving letters stating that his case was still under review, it has been three or four months since he has received one of these letters however, and we have no clue what the situation is. What is the best way to get information on the status of his claim? Thank you for any advice you may have.

  • Alpha, April 17, 2012 at 11:30 am


    For information, please call the VA RO at 1.800.827.1000. Good luck.

  • Mark Carle, September 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I have a question about my type 2 diabetes. I wasn’t diagnosed with it till after I came home on terminal leave in 2010. I served at Camp Speicher in Iraq for 15 months Oct.07-Dec.08 and have service connected IBS from burn pit exposure. Would the type 2 diabtetes be connected with that as well?

  • Alpha, September 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm


    If diabetes mellitus is diagnosed within a year of separation from active duty, service connection is warranted as a chronic presumptive disease 3.309(a).

  • Jarrad, October 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I’m trying to find out more information on filing a claim? I had a operation to repair my labral tear, and 3 different tears on the rotor cuff, ac grade 3 separation, and they reattached my bicep tendon to my right arm.

  • Alpha, October 17, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Yes, you will be able to receive both.

  • Trace, November 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I was on terminal leave when I was in a car accident that left me with a metal rod and screws in my leg that extend from my knee to my ankle. Since then, I can no longer run correctly because I have no sensation and my knees and back hurt because of my awkward gaite. Can I get service connected for the injury to my leg?

  • Alpha, November 8, 2012 at 10:15 am


    Terminal leave is generally leave where you are home awaiting orders for separation. Since you are technically still on active duty, then yes, any disability as long as it was not due to willful misconduct can be service connected.

  • james A. Winkle, February 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Just two weeks ago iI was diagnosed with Colon cancer possibly in the 3rd stage. I am currently a memeber of the Army National Guard. I was deployed in 04-05 in Iraq. I have filed for Disibility this morning but my rep seems to be pretty negative about getting compensation for it. I am not sure how long I could have had it. Question is could I still be compensated with still being a member of the Army National Guard? I am looking into the affects of being exposed to burning trash and oil which we dealt with up north of Kirkuk during our year deployment.

  • Alpha, March 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm


    Thank you for your service and we certainly hope you do well in your fight against cancer. Service connection means that a disability is related to military service. There are 3 elements generally required to establish entitlement. (1) A currently diagnosed condition (which you clearly have) (2) an in-service factor that contributed to its development and (3) a medical nexus between the two. You have (1) and you believe in (2), the challenge is going to be (3) getting a medical opinion that credibly supports (2) contributing to the development of (1).

  • James Payne, August 8, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I’m trying to determine if I could file for disability concerning my CLL. I was just recently diagnosed with it and have no idea as of yet what stage I am at. I was in Kuwait in 2011, Iraq in 2010 and Afghanistan in 2006. It has been some time since I have been deployed, but as I understand it, this disease usually hits people in their 70s or late 60s. I am not quite 54 yet.

    Should I file a claim?

  • Alpha, August 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm


    CLL is a presumptive of Agent Orange and if you have been diagnosed within a year from discharge, you may be eligible; however, if it has been more than a year since discharge, unfortunately you would not be eligible.

  • Leila, November 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I served in Iraq from March 2004-March 2005. I have been discharged honorable since May 2007. I reopened my claim I think in August 2010. And I am receiving 50% right now. Since I’ve been out I was getting sinus infections and sinusitus about 2-3 times a years. And since then I’ve been put on allergy meds to take all year long. But In May of this year, I got another bad sinus infection/sinusitis, with a lingering cough for 2 months, and the Dr. changed my allergy meds. So far ok. I’m wondering if I should reopen my claim and add this sinus stuff to it. Any suggestions? Thank you for your time.

  • Alpha, January 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Leila,

    Please contact one of our representatives who can help you with your claim. To fully evaluate and determine whether you should re-open the claim or not we will need to ask you a few more questions. Please contact us at 877-611-1724.

    Thank you and have a great day!