Research continues on the health effects of exposure to neurotoxic insecticides and to pyridostigmine bromide pills taken by U.S. troops during the Gulf War to neutralize the effects of nerve gas attacks. Since returning from the Gulf War, many veterans have presented a litany of unexplained symptoms, including memory and concentration problems, persistent headaches, unexplained fatigue, widespread pain, chronic digestive difficulties, respiratory symptoms and skin rashes.
Recently, the VA published a proposed rule that, when finalized, will make it easier for veterans of the Gulf War and Afghanistan to collect disability compensation for nine infectious diseases on the presumption that they were service-related. A veteran will only have to show service in Southwest Asia or Afghanistan and a current diagnosis of one of the nine diseases. The diseases are:
The presumption applies for veterans who served in Iraq and Southwest Asia after August 2, 1990 or in Afghanistan starting in September 19, 2001.
If you think you may be eligible for disability benefits on the basis of chemical exposure or other service-related disabilities, contact Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, for a free consultation. We can offer guidance regarding your eligibility.