View Full Version : VA Presumptives for Gulf War and Afghanistan

04-02-2010, 10:31
Not finalized yet but it appears to be on its way:

WASHINGTON (March 18, 2010) – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking steps to make it easier for Veterans to obtain disability compensation for certain diseases associated with service in the Persian Gulf War or Afghanistan. This will be the beginning of historic change for how VA considers Gulf War Veterans’ illnesses.

Following recommendations made by VA’s Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Task Force, VA is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that will establish new presumptions of service connection for nine specific infectious diseases associated with military service in Southwest Asia during the Persian Gulf War, or in Afghanistan on or after September 19, 2001.


The proposed rule includes information about the long-term health effects potentially associated with the nine diseases:

Campylobacter jejuni
Coxiella burnetii (Q fever)
Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Nontyphoid Salmonella
Visceral leishmaniasis
West Nile virus


Because the Persian Gulf War has not officially been declared ended, Veterans serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom are eligible for VA’s new presumptions. Secretary Shinseki decided to include Afghanistan Veterans in these presumptions because NAS found that the nine diseases are prevalent in that country.


Wanted to cull out most of the 'grown ups in Peanuts' talk- therefore so many snips.

Technical skills are not advanced enough to post the link :mad: