Armed Forces News

Camp Patriot, Kuwait Jan 2008: Army Spc. Jessica Jessee, of Support Battalion, Infantry Support Security Force, scans terrain as part of anti-terrorism force protection. (Navy photo by MCS 2nd Class Kelvin Surgener)

The presumptive period for veterans of the Persian Gulf war with disability ratings of 10 percent or higher that resulted from undiagnosed conditions contracted during their service in the conflict has been extended to Dec. 31, 2026. The extension gives these veterans more time to file disability benefits claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As of now, VA presumes that chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and functional gastrointestinal disorders are related without cause to service during the Persian Gulf war.

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Other undiagnosed conditions and illnesses – to include abnormal weight loss, cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain, headache, menstrual disorders, neurological problems, skin conditions, respiratory disorders and sleep disorders – also fall under the coverable category of related unexplained illnesses.

VA urges any veterans who both meet service criteria and suffer from any of these conditions to file a claim.

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