The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that it has added nine new presumptive diseases to its list of qualifying disabilities. This means that if a service man or woman can prove that they contracted the disease while serving in Southwest Asia or Afghanistan they will be eligible for VA disability compensation. The presumptive diseases include:
In order to apply for veterans' disability as they relate to the above diseases the veteran will have to show service in Southwest Asia or Afghanistan and a current diagnosis of one of the nine diseases.
The final regulation will be published after a 60 waiting period. During this time the VA will accept comments on the proposed rule. Once the comments have been reviewed the regulation will take effect.
Last year over one million claims for disability compensation and pension were received by the VA. This compensation is non-taxable and is paid to veterans who are disabled as the result of an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service.