Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses
APRIL 26, 2022: US Department of Veterans Affairs Press Release
“VA Establishes presumptive service connection for rare respiratory cancers for certain Veterans”
Nine additional rare respiratory cancers have been added to the list of presumed service connected disabilities due to military environmental exposures to fine particulate matter. Read the press release for more information. Please contact the MDVA Service and Benefits Program for more information.
Certain illnesses and diseases are “presumed” by VA to be related to your military service in designated areas of Southwest Asia and may entitle you to VA disability compensation benefits. For Gulf War Veterans, these presumptive diseases include:
- Medically unexplained illnesses (popularly called “Gulf War Syndrome”).
- Certain infectious diseases.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnosed in all Veterans who had 90 days or more continuous active military service.
Learn more about VA benefits for Gulf War benefits:
- Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry page
- Disability Compensation Gulf War Presumptive Disability page
Gulf War Veterans may still seek to establish service connection individually for other, “non-presumptive” diseases and illnesses related to service in the Gulf War. Learn more about qualifying for disability compensation for non-presumptive conditions on the Compensation website.
OEF/OIF/OND/OFS Veterans and Service Members who have deployed to the Southwest Asia theater of operations on or after August 2, 1990 as well as those who have deployed to Afghanistan or Djibouti after September 11, 2001 can use the registry questionnaire to report exposures to airborne hazards (such as smoke from burn pits, oil-well fires, or pollution during deployment), as well as other exposures and health concerns.
Transition and Care Management
Every VA Medical Center has a Transition and Care Management Team ready to welcome Post 9/11 Combat and Non-Combat Veterans Home to help coordinate your health care. Learn more here.
What our Gulf War and Post 9/11 Era Veterans need to do:
Learn more about your benefits by reading these links
Contact our Service and Benefits Program to discuss filing for benefits: MDVA Service and Benefits Program
Register for the VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry