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Veterans Medical Condition

Your Service-Connected Condition

The Veterans Administration (VA) provides disability compensation for deserving veterans who have disabilities related to their military service.  These conditions include those that developed while serving in the military that were not caused by active duty, and conditions that were caused or exasperated by military service.

The Veterans Administration recognizes the following list of conditions as having developed in veterans because of their active service in the military. If you believe you have a service-connected condition, you may be eligible for disability compensation benefits.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Related to combat service or personal trauma

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

If diagnosed anytime after honorable service in excess of 90 days

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Often diagnosed, but generally related to concussion resulting from explosion

Chronic Diseases:

If diagnosed within one year of separation from service

  • Anemia, primary
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Atrophy, Progressive Muscular
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Brain Thrombosis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Calculi of the kidney, bladder, or gallbladder
  • Cardiovascular-renal disease, including hypertension
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Coccidioidomycosis
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Encephalitis lethargic residuals
  • Endocarditis (all forms of valvular heart disease)
  • Endocrinopathies
  • Epilepsies
  • Hansen’s disease
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Leukemia
  • Lupus erythematous, systemic
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Myelitis
  • Myocarditis
  • Nephritis
  • Other organic diseases of the nervous system
  • Osteitis deformans (Paget‟s disease)
  • Osteomalacia
  • Palsy, bulbar
  • Paralysis agitans
  • Psychoses
  • Purpura idiopathic, hemorrhagic
  • Raynaud‟s disease
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral
  • Sclerosis, multiple
  • Syringomyelia
  • Thromboangiitis obliterans (Buerger‟s disease)
  • Tuberculosis, active
  • Tumors, malignant, or of the brain or spinal cord or peripheral nerves
  • Ulcers, peptic (gastric or duodenal)

Tropical Diseases

If diagnosed within incubation period of illness following service in a tropical region

  • Amebiasis
  • Blackwater fever
  • Cholera
  • Dracontiasis
  • Filariasis
  • Leishmaniasis, including kala-azar
  • Loiasis.
  • Malaria
  • Onchocerciasis
  • Oroya fever
  • Pinta
  • Plague
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Yaws
  • Yellow fever

Diseases Specific to Prisoners of War

If held captive more than 30 days and diagnosed at any time following separation from service

  • Psychosis
  • Any of the anxiety states
  • Dysthymic disorder (depressive neurosis)
  • Organic residuals of frostbite
  • Post-traumatic osteoarthristis
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease
    • Hypertensive vascular disease
    • Hypertensive heart disease
    • Myocardial infarction
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Avitaminosis
  • Beriberi (including beriberi heart disease)
  • Chronic dysentery
  • Helminthiasis
  • Malnutrition
  • Pellagra
  • Other nutritional deficiency
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy (except if related to infectious causes)
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Osteoporosis (on or after September 28, 2009

Diseases Specific to Radiation Exposure:

  • See Wartime Veterans: World War II

Diseases Specific to Herbicide Exposure/Agent Orange:

  • See Wartime Veterans: Vietnam

Diseases Specific to Undiagnosed or Medically Unexplained Symptoms:

  • See Wartime Veterans: Persian Gulf Wars
Apply for Benefits with an Alpha Advocate – Vets Helping Vets

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.

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.


68 comments to “Your Condition”

  • David Mann, February 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I have a phone interview in 2 weeks but would like your opion. I spent 12 years on active duty with the Army and while in Korea had a 198 Howitzer fall on my leg in Area 1 . I was put out with a 10% rating 2 yrs Later. I have deppresion and Anixity but my claim was denied because VA said I never went to a doctor about it. The VA doctor says I have that and is treating me for it do I have a chance to get it SC ?

  • Alpha, February 28, 2012 at 11:18 am


    You need a diagnosis and linkage opinion. If, in fact, you have them you should be service connected. If the VA doctor puts this in your medical file and or writes an opinion letter, you should have no trouble being service connected.

  • ken crosby, March 11, 2012 at 3:51 am

    I was never “allowed” VA health care for over 15 years is that a problem for my appeal? You will not destroy information like the DAV did on my very first claim my CO in the Navy started for me for PTSD and dieabeties

  • c l henderson, June 20, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I have a question in regards to being granted disability if I was diagnosed with •Sarcoidosis while in US Reserves; I was denied disability because it stated I wasn’t DIAGNOSED during ACTIVE DUTY but I was treated during Reserve & AIT Training. I need some clarification. I thought the policy was if you were treated at any time during reserve or active duty that it was service connected. Please advise.

  • Alpha, June 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Unfortunately, in this instance, the VA is correct. The law provides that a disease diagnosed during active military is generally considered service connected without the burden of causation. However, a disease arising during a period of active duty for training requires that causation factor. There are a few exceptions to this rule, heart attack and or stroke while in active duty for training status for example are generally warranted service connection, since the causation factor is generally assumed related to the rigors and stress of performing the service as a precipitating factor.

  • DeAnn, September 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I have been diagnosis with RA, Oteoarthrits,FMS, and depression, I have been out the military for 30 years. during this 30 years period I have been getting medical treatment. Oteoarthrits for those years. When I was station at one of the extremely motivated posts with physical fitness that’s where my smyptoms begin. They are just worst now. do i quailfy

  • Alpha, September 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm


    I recommend calling Alpha at 877-611-7724 and speak with one of our eligibility representatives. They will ask you a few questions about your time in the services and determine your eligibility forVA Benefits. I hope you will give us a call. We will do our best to get you the benefits you truly deserve.

  • nancy szczepanek, October 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

    i need help to get my mother approved for the disability pension that my father received. He died 11 years ago and we have been working on it since then. He lost part of his left arm in the war and had yellow fever and cholera will serving in the 1940’s. He ultimately died of a heart failure. Can you help. They say it was not service connected.

  • Alpha, October 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm


    I would recommend calling Alpha and speaking to one of our advocates. Our Alpha Advocates are skilled at assessing a veteran’s military history and health-related conditions to find possible relationships of service-connected entitlement to survivor benefits. We will do our best to assit you. Please call us at 877-611-7724. Good luck!

  • Robert Culpepper, December 28, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I have recently been awarded Social Security (SSDI) and wanted to know if this will aid my appeal with the VA?.

  • Alpha, January 2, 2013 at 11:43 am


    A grant of SSDI benefits are not binding upon the VA, but the medical evidence used can at times be helpful to your VA claim.

  • Holdalls, January 21, 2013 at 6:05 am

    I quite like reading a post that can make men and women think.
    Also, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  • Justin, March 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I recently was diagnosed with csleep apnea. I recieve my CPAP machine today. I will be ETSing from the militaryin between August and October of 2013. I have been told I will recieve 50% automatically do to me reccieving the machine. I do not know what to do and or how to even start my paper work to apply before i get out so me and my family can have some sort of income until my GI Bill kicks in. What do I do and where do I start?

  • Alpha, March 26, 2013 at 10:41 am


    All you need to do is work through the Disability Transition Assistant Program (DTAP) with the VA liaison person there who will help you apply for disability compensation. You should apply when you have less than 6 months left before separation. While the 50% is not automatic, VA regs do provide a 50 percent evaluation for service related sleep apnea that requires CPAP.

  • Dan Poff, June 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I have a profound hearing loss due to the training on all infantry weapons i n 1970-71.. Profound was the term the Audioligist used in her report. The VA has conceded these weapons could have been a factor in my hearing loss,but denied me disability do to not having made a connection to military service. I have 2 civilian doctor letters that state the weapons were more likely than not to cause tinnitus and or acoustic trauma.Do I have a chance at receiving disability even though there was no physical given at the time of ETS? Also rode in and operated an apc with turbine diesel engine. The VSO says that the VA must give me 100% due to the profound hearing loss ,based on a scale.

  • Alpha, June 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm


    I would recommend contacting the VSO regarding this. I wish you the best of luck.

  • Valery Rhodes, July 6, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    I don’t know if you can help me. I’m already 100% S/C for PTSD. My problem is the poor treatment I receive at the VA. I had a doctor tell me to my face that the reason I couldn’t get the meds I needed is because of my appearance. I have a skin condition (s/c), I had to have my teeth pulled because of an eating disorder and I am thin. I am borderline agoraphobic and won’t leave my house alone. My PTSD rating is from being raped and left for dead by another service member. I was medically discharged because I was disqualified for sea duty because of medical symptoms that turned into me needing brain surgery. This diagnosis was less then 6 months after my discharge. The VA refuses to S/C this condition, but they took my severance pay anyway. I think they should give it back. After all, the condition would have been found while I was on active duty if they had done the MRI that 3 neurologist recommended I have. The VA says it’s a congenital defect, if that is true then it should have been found on earlier MRI’s when I was diagnosed with Migraines. Like I said, I don’t know if you can help me…but I’m sick of being treated like a criminal and not like the Honorable Veteran that I am. I served 12 years to the date. I deserve better!!!!

    Thank you for your time
    Valery Rhodes

  • Alpha, July 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm


    I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. The only advice I have is to talk to your senator or state representative about how you are being treated. They might be able to help you. I wish you the best of luck.