Chronic Diseases Related to Military Service

Certain diseases suffered by veterans are considered presumptively connected to military service.

If you served in Vietnam or the Korean DMZ, were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides, and are currently suffering from a chronic medical condition, you may be entitled to compensation.

The most commonly service-connected diseases arising from exposure to Agent Orange are Diabetes Mellitus Type II, Parkinson’s disease, ischemic heart disease, certain cancers, and certain skin disorders.

Persian Gulf veterans may be entitled to service-connected disability benefits for a “qualifying chronic disability”, even if they cannot obtain service connection for the disability under the regular VA rules.  Persian Gulf veterans served in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the Gulfs of Aden or Oman, the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, or the Red Sea.  Qualifying disabilities include undiagnosed illnesses and unexplained multi-symptom illnesses, such as fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.

ALS: All veterans who develop Amylotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, at any time after separation from service, may be eligible for compensation.

POW: The scope of presumptively connected disabilities for former Prisoners of War is broad.  These disabilities range from psychological issues to the residual effects of malnutrition.

Radiation exposure: Many forms of cancer are presumptively connected if the veteran was exposed to ionizing radiation or participated in “radiation-risk activities” while in service.

Many veterans may receive compensation for medical conditions which arise from a previously connected disability.  For example, it is possible to get service connection for peripheral neuropathy as a secondary condition arising from Diabetes.

Denial of service connection for lack of presumption is not the end of your claim.  Many conditions can be related to military service with medical proof.  When in doubt, it’s best to ask.  We have successfully gained compensation for veterans with Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, hypertension, hepatitis C, and other conditions.
Chronic Diseases Related to Military Service