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Gulf War Illness Linked to Service in Southwest Asia

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If you served in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations, you may suffer from illnesses or other conditions related to service in this region. Find out if you can get disability compensation or benefits.

Learn about service in Afghanistan and Gulf War Illness.

Can I get disability benefits from VA?
You may be able to get disability benefits if you served in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations during the Gulf War period and you didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge. Your illness or condition must also meet the requirements listed below, and you must have one of the diagnoses listed below.

All of these must be true of your chronic illness or other condition. It:

Started while you were on active duty or before December 31, 2016, and
Caused you to be ill for at least 6 months, and
Qualified you for a disability rating of 10% or more, and
Was caused only by your service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations
And you must also have a diagnosis of one or more of these conditions:

Functional gastrointestinal disorders
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Other undiagnosed illnesses, including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain, and headaches
Presumed disabilities
You can also get benefits for a presumed disability if both of the below descriptions are true for you.

Both of these must be true:

You have a presumed disability that appeared within 1 year of your date of separation, and
This presumed disability qualifies you for a disability rating of 10% or more
We consider these illnesses to be presumed disabilities:

Campylobacter jejuni
Coxiella burnetii (Q fever)
Nontyphoid Salmonella
West Nile Virus
Learn more about disabilities that appear within 1 year after discharge.
Learn more about presumed disabilities.

Who’s covered?

What kind of disability benefits can I get?
Health care
Compensation (payments)
How do I get these benefits?
You’ll need to file a claim for disability compensation.
Find out how to file a claim.

Learn more about service in Southwest Asia.

What’s included in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations?
Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia
The neutral zone between Iraq and Saudi Arabia
Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)
The Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Oman
The waters of the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea
The airspace above these locations
What if I need help filing my claim?
You can get help from a trained professional trusted to help with VA-related claims.
Get help filing your claim.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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