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Gulf War Veterans Granted Presumptive Disease List

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October 7, 2010 - Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki announced 9 diseases that will be considered presumptive based on military service in the first Gulf War as well current deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. That these diseases are on the presumptive list means veterans of these conflicts will be able to receive health care and compensation far easier than going through the regular disability claims processes.

Being placed on a list of presumptive diseases means veterans must only show they suffer from the disease, that they served in Southwest Asia or Afghanistan during the given time periods, and take into consideration incubation periods.

Those diseases considered presumptive are:

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

Veterans serving in Southwest Asia from August 2, 1990, which was the start of Operation Desert Shield, to the present day, to include the current Iraq conflict qualify. These dates do include Operation Desert Storm. The list also includes any veteran who served in Afghanistan from September 19, 2001 to the present day.

Approximately 2,000 veterans have been diagnosed with these listed 9 diseases. This is just a starting point as more veterans suffering from these ailments will likely be identified in the years to come.

Category: Veterans' Disability

1 Comments to "Gulf War Veterans Granted Presumptive Disease List"

how can you be diagnosed with the diseases if va want test you for the diseases. I am a former Marine and I believe the VA is just like the enemy. If you are a Marine or former Marine you know our saying about enemies!!!!!
Posted by reginald smith on November 11, 2010 at 08:38 AM

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