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The Military Chronic Diseases

posted Nov 21, 2013, 11:12 AM by Mary Lopez   [ updated Nov 21, 2013, 11:13 AM ]

The Military--Chronic Diseases

Source:  Military Report, September 19, 2011


For Gulf War Veterans with certain ailments like: Chronic fatigue syndrome; Firbromyalgia; Functional gastrointestinal disorders; and other undiagnosed illnesses the current deadline for when the condition must have "appeared" is on or before December 31, 2011. If you have any conditions that are "undiagnosed" and you did a tour in the Middle East, this could apply to you. The VA is working to extend the deadline to December 31, 2018. If this occurs, it will be great news for veterans and military members who develop symptoms after the 2011 cut-off. However, since there is no guarantee that the deadline will be extended, veterans suffering from undiagnosed conditions are encouraged to talk with their Veteran Service Officer about filing a disability claim for these conditions.

These conditions are supposed to be considered “presumptive.” Presumptive conditions are generally conditions that veterans are assumed to have received due to par­tic­u­lar tours of duty or exposures.

These presumptions apply to veterans who served on active duty in the Southwest Asia theater since 1990.  The countries and areas considered for this are:

·         Iraq

·         Kuwait

·         Saudi Arabia

·         The neutral zone between Iraq and Saudi Arabia

·         Bahrain

·         Qatar

·         The United Arab Emirates

·         Oman

·         Gulf of Aden

·         Gulf of Oman

·         Waters of the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea

·         The airspace above these locations

Additional Information on Gulf War Illness:  http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/research.asp

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