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Military service connection

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Gulf War Veterans who meet the criteria below do not need to prove a connection between their military service and illnesses in order to receive VA disability compensation.

VA presumes certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for 6 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 December 31, 2016, and be at least 10 percent disabling. These illnesses include:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a condition of long-term and severe fatigue that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions.
  • Fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by widespread muscle pain. Other symptoms may include insomnia, morning stiffness, headache, and memory problems.
  • Functional gastrointestinal disorders, a group of conditions marked by chronic or recurrent symptoms related to any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Functional condition refers to an abnormal function of an organ, without a structural alteration in the tissues. Examples include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional dyspepsia, and functional abdominal pain syndrome.
  • Undiagnosed illnesses with symptoms that may include but are not limited to: abnormal weight loss, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain, headache, menstrual disorders, neurological and psychological problems, skin conditions, respiratory disorders, and sleep disturbances.

- See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/medically-unexplained-illness.asp#sthash.2Lgsv59z.dpuf

Agent Orange: Alphabetized Ships List - Public Health

Due to a recent change in policy, the alphabetized Ships List below is out-of-date (as of February 5, 2016). This page is for archival purposes only. We are working as quickly as possible to update this information. 

See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/list.asp#sthash.ToFcV6U5.dpuf

This is a VA list of ships that are now authorized for those sailors and Marines,  to file claims for presumptive exposure to Agent Orange during the VietNam war for the currently recognized disabilities allowed by congress. Before this list was put out, it was always an extreme hardship to prove exposure to Agent Orange, for anyone who served on ships of the Navy, thus their claims were always denied.  
Click on the following link (or copy and paste to the browser) for the VA  information website 

 February 2014

VA Announces Rollout of Secure Veteran Health Identification Cards

VA is rolling out newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and have a different look and feel.



 18 June 2015:

           VA Expands Disability Benefits for USAF Personnel Exposed to Contaminated c-123 Aircraft

VA Press Release, click here:  http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2714


NEW VA Forms and procedures are being introduced on 24 March 2015.           

 To view the PowerPoint training program, click here   



For an online copy of the DAV Service Officer Guide:

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