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Gulf War presumptions

Military Exposures & Your Health: Information for Veterans who servedthe gulf war era and their families

For Veterans who served in Southwest Asia from August 2, 1990 to the present, VA presumes service connection and provides disability payments and health care benefits for certain medically unexplained illnesses and infectious diseases.

The following medically unexplained illnesses potentially qualify as presumptive conditions:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Functional gastrointestinal disorders
  • Undiagnosed illnesses, including abnormal weight loss, headache, fatigue

Nine infectious diseases potentially qualify as presumptive conditions (many must occur within a year of deployment):

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

VA provides additional information about Gulf War Veterans’ illnesses and about qualifying for benefits.

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