Persian Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) (38 CFR 3.317) is a Chronic Multi-Symptom Disorder

VA Disability Benefits Kalamazoo MIIt is not uncommon for Gulf War veterans to have a host of chronic medical symptoms that include headaches, joint pains, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, breathing problems and memory problems. “Gulf War Syndrome” is the term commonly used to describe these symptoms. The VA also commonly refers to this condition as “chronic multi-symptom illness” and “undiagnosed illness.”

Normally when seeking VA disability compensation, veterans must prove they are suffering from a disability and provide evidence that the disability is connected to their service.

However, veterans struggling from Gulf War Syndrome may be able to receive disability compensation without demonstrating a connection between their military service and illness.  This is known as a “legal presumption.” A Gulf War presumption of service-connection only applies to veterans who demonstrated specific illnesses while serving in certain military operations.

The qualifying chronic disability may be a combination of:

  • An undiagnosed illness with symptoms that include abnormal weight loss, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain, neurological and psychological problems, skin conditions and others. These symptoms must persist for six months or more and have appeared during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of US military operations and be at least 10 percent disabling, or
  • A medically unexplained multi-symptom illness defined by a cluster of symptoms or signs. Currently, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional dyspepsia and functional abdominal pain syndrome are recognized by the VA as medically unexplained multi-symptom illnesses. However, other unexplained multi-symptom illnesses may entitle you to benefits too if you are at least 10 percent disabled by the illness, or
  • Any diagnoses determined by the Secretary as meriting a service-connection presumption
The veteran must have served in Southwest Asia during the Persian Gulf War after Aug. 2, 1990, up to present day. Southwest Asia includes the following locations:
  • Iraq
  • Kuwait
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Neutral zone between Iraq and Saudi Arabia
  • Bahrain
  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Oman
  • Gulf of Aden
  • Gulf of Oman
  • Persian Gulf
  • Arabian Sea
  • Red Sea, and
  • Airspace above these areas.

Did the VA deny you benefits for a Gulf War presumptive condition? If so, VA Disability Group PLLC may be able to help you. Contact VA Disability Group online now to learn more or call 1-844-VETLAWS (1-844-838-5297).