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Presumptive Disability Benefits
What is "Presumptive" Service Connection?
VA automatically presumes that certain disabilities were caused by military service. This
is because of the unique circumstances of a specific Veteran's military service. If a
presumed condition is diagnosed in a Veteran within a certain group, they can be
awarded disability compensation.
What are "Presumptive Conditions"?
If you are diagnosed with a chronic disease within one year of active-duty release, you
should apply for disability compensation. Examples of chronic disease include: arthritis,
diabetes or hypertension.
Or, if you served continuously for at least 90 days and are diagnosed with amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis (ALS) after discharge, you can establish service connection for the
If you have a presumptive condition, you do not need to prove that your service caused
the condition. You only need to meet the service requirements for the presumptive.
Veterans in the following groups may qualify for "presumptive" disability benefits:
? Former prisoners of war
o If you are a former prisoner of that has a condition that is at least 10% disabling,
you may have a presumptive condition.
o Whether or not a specific condition is presumed depends on the length of
o If you were imprisoned for any length of time, specific presumed conditions
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Any of the anxiety states
Dysthymic disorder (or depressive neurosis)
Organic residuals of frostbite
Post-traumatic osteoarthritis
Heart disease or hypertensive vascular disease
Stroke and the residual effects
Osteoporosis, when the Veteran has posttraumatic stress disorder
o If you were imprisoned for at least 30 days, presumed conditions include:
Beriberi (including beriberi heart disease)
Chronic dysentery
Malnutrition (including optic atrophy)
Other nutritional deficiencies
Irritable bowel syndrome
Peptic ulcer disease
Peripheral neuropathy
Cirrhosis of the liver
? Vietnam Veterans
o If you were exposed to Agent Orange or served in the following locations, you
may have a presumptive condition.
Republic of Vietnam or on a vessel operating not more than 12
nautical miles seaward from the demarcation line of the waters of
Vietnam and Cambodia between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975
Any U.S. or Royal Thai military base in Thailand from Jan. 9, 1962
through June 30, 1976
Laos from Dec. 1, 1965 through September 30, 1969
Cambodia at Mimot or Krek, Kampong Cham Province from April 16,
1969 through April 30, 1969
Guam or American Samoa or in the territorial waters off Guam or
American Samoa from Jan. 9, 1962 through July 31, 1980
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Johnston Atoll or on a ship that called at Johnston Atoll from Jan. 1,
1972 through Sept. 30, 1977
o Specific presumed conditions include:
AL amyloidosis
B-cell leukemia
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Multiple myeloma
Type 2 diabetes
Hodgkin's disease
Ischemic heart disease (including but not limited to, coronary artery
disease and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease)
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Parkinson's disease
Prostate cancer
Respiratory cancers
Soft-tissue sarcoma (not including osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma,
Kaposi's sarcoma or mesothelioma)
Bladder cancer
Monoclonal gammopathy of underdetermined significance (MGUS)
o The following conditions are presumed, if they become greater than 10%
debilitating within a year of exposure to an herbicide agent:
Acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy
Chloracne or other similar acneform disease
Porphyria cutanea tarda
? Atomic Veterans exposed to ionizing radiation
o If you experienced one of the following, you may have a presumptive
Participated in atmospheric nuclear testing
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