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VA extending the presumptive period for Gulf War Veterans

by | Mar 31, 2022 | Veterans Disability Benefits |

Veterans with military service in the Southwest Asia Theatre of Operations have been plagued by a variety of chronic medical conditions. Collectively known as Gulf War Syndrome or Gulf War Illness, it has affected an untold numbers of Veterans. As a result, the Persian Gulf War Act was passed in 1994 to help Veterans with chronic disabilities resulting from certain medical conditions, so long as the condition manifested during active service in the Southwest Asia Theatre of Operations or became disabling to a degree of 10 percent or more within one year of leaving active service. Although the presumptive period originally ended December 31, 2021, the VA has extended the presumptive period to December 31, 2026 due to ongoing military operations and an increasing understanding of the health risks faced by Veterans serving in Southwest Asia Theatre of Operations,

Medical conditions on the VA list of Gulf War presumptive conditions include myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, functional gastrointestinal disorders, asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, and undiagnosed illnesses. This allows Veterans filing a claim for one of these conditions to do so without the burden of having to prove their condition is related to their service so long as the Veteran served in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Syria, and Uzbekistan during the Persian Gulf War from September 19, 2001 to the present, or the Southwest Asia theater of operations from August 2, 1990 to the present.

If you are suffering from one of the above conditions and have served in the Southwest Asia Theatre of Operations, the qualified Veterans’ Disability attorneys at Gardberg and Kemmerly want to help in any way possible.  Please call our office and speak with one of our qualified Veterans’ Disability attorneys. Gardberg and Kemmerly is committed to helping injured and disabled Veterans obtain the benefits they deserve.  If you need help with a disability claim, call the office at 251-343-1111 or 1-800-332-1529 for a free consultation. Gardberg and Kemmerly is proud to serve Veterans across the country from our home office in Mobile, Alabama. We would love an opportunity to discuss your claim.

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