Veterans of the first Gulf War, as well as current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, now have a smoother path toward receiving health care benefits and dsability compensation for nine diseases associated with their military service.
After reviewing a 2006 National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine report on the long-term health effects of certain diseases suffered among Gulf War Veterans as well as veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq. The following nine diseases have been identified and made presumptive:
Coxiella Burnetii (Q Fever)
West Nile Virus
The above presumptions apply to veterans who served in Southwest Asia beginning on or after the start of Operation Desert Shield on 02AUG1990, through Operation Desert Storm to the present, including the current conflict in Iraq. Veterans who served in Afghanistan on or after 29SEP2001 also qualify.
Contact your local DAV or VFW Service Officer for application assistance. For Craven and/or Carteret counties, Chapter 26 Havelock has two Service Officers available. You may contact me (Ancil Jones) at 252-349-0006.
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