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Veterans Disability Compensation: Medical Conditions Presumptively Service-Connected

Practice Area: Veterans Benefits

The rules on presumptive service-connection are expanded from time to time as new conditions are added.

Veterans who served in Vietnam between 1/9/1962 and 5/7/1975, or were prisoners of war, or were exposed to ionizing radiation, or are Gulf War Veterans with chronic multi-system undiagnosed illnesses, may be eligible for compensation if they have an illness which is presumed to be service-connected. www.publichealth.va.gov/exposure/agentorange/index.asp

Presumptive service-connection can be established for any veteran if you are diagnosed with
(a) chronic disease such as diabetes, hypertension, or arthritis within one year of discharge,
(b) multiple sclerosis within 7 years of discharge, or
(c) Tuberculosis within 3 years of discharge.

If you had continuous active service of 90 days or more, and are now diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, your condition is presumptively service-connected as well.

If you meet the criteria for presumption, such as a veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam and developed type 2 diabetes, newly-diagnosed related conditions such as diabetic neuropathy can be a basis for an increased rating as a secondary condition. Similarly a veteran who has developed Parkinsons disease or heart disease/heart attack may be able to get increased benefits for this secondary condition.

 

To make an appointment or speak to an attorney about Veterans Disability Compensation Benefits and Appeals, call 732-382-6070 or contact us online.

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