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New regulations for Gulf War veterans' illnesses
Tuesday 26 July 2011
New regulations for Gulf War veterans’ illnesses
New Veterans Affairs regulations taking effect on Aug. 15 specify that functional gastrointestinal disorders are covered as presumptive illnesses.
Gulf War veterans who meet the criteria listed below do not need to prove a connection between their military service and medically unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses in order to receive VA disability compensation.
VA presumes certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for six months or more are related to Gulf War service without regard to cause. These “presumptive” illnesses must have appeared during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations or by Dec. 31, 2011, and be at least 10 percent disabling.
For VA benefit purposes, Gulf War service is active military duty in any of the following areas in the Southwest Asia Theater of military operations any time during the first Gulf War starting Aug. 2, 1990, through the current conflict in Iraq. This includes veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-10) and Operation New Dawn (2010 and continuing).
Included in the Southwest Asia theater 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 and the airspace above these locations.
These illnesses include:
To receive assistance in filing a claim and obtaining the necessary documentation, contact the Pottawattamie County Veteran Affairs Office, 223 S. Sixth St., Court House Annex, Council Bluffs, IA 51501, or call (712) 328-5797.
The above originally appeared here.
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