VA Disability FAQs


Read Our Informative FAQs About VA Disability

If you have questions about VA disability cases, get answers from VA Disability Law Center.

What Is a Presumed Service Connection?

It is presumed by the VA that certain veterans have specific disabilities that were caused by the unique circumstances they encountered during their service in the military. If a veteran in a specific group is diagnosed with a condition, the VA awards compensation as it is presumed their service in the military caused the condition.

Which Conditions Are Included?

Many conditions are included for veterans from various groups, including but not limited to:

Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange
  • Respiratory cancers
  • Diabetes
  • Ischaemic heart disease

Atomic veterans exposed to ionizing radiation
  • All forms of leukemia except for chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Stomach cancer
  • Breast cancer

Gulf War veterans
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
Veterans within 1 year of release from active duty
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension

Veterans with continuous service of 90 days or more
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

What If I Was Stationed at Camp Lejeune?

During the period of August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, individuals stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least a 30 day period, either consecutive or non-consecutive, were exposed to contaminated water in the base water supply.

Various scientific organizations have associated the chemical compounds in the water with certain diseases, including kidney cancer, liver cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, adult leukemia, multiple myeloma, Parkinson’s disease, aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes, and bladder cancer.

Veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune during the designated time period who suffer from any of the diseases recognized by the VA may be eligible for disability compensation.
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