Infectious Diseases and Gulf War Veterans

Saturday, 27 July 2013 10:13 VBI

VA presumes the following infectious diseases are related to military service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the first Gulf War starting August 2, 1990, through the conflict in Iraq and on or after September 19, 2001, in Afghanistan.

Veterans must have the diseases within the time frames shown below and have a current disability as a result of that disease in order to receive disability compensation.

VA benefits

Gulf War Veterans may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including a Gulf War Registry health exam, health care, and disability compensation for diseases related to military service. Their dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.

Learn more about benefits related to Gulf War service.

Research on infectious diseases and Gulf War Veterans

VA contracts with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences to scientifically review evidence for possible connections between Gulf War Veterans’ illnesses and exposure to environmental agents or preventive medicine during military service.

Based on the IOM report, Gulf War and Health: Volume 5 Infectious Disease, the Secretary of VA established a presumption of service connection for nine infectious diseases related to qualifying military service in the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. The diseases are brucellosis, campylobacter jejuni, coxiella burnetii (Q fever), malaria, mycobacterium tuberculosis, nontyphoid salmonella, shigella, visceral leishmaniasis and West Nile virus. VA's final regulation took effect September 29, 2010.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 15:03