Presumptive Period Extended for Persian Gulf War Veterans

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Soldiers in the Persian Gulf War

To ensure Veteran benefits are fairly administered to the more than 650,000 service members that served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the VA has extended the presumptive period to December 31, 2026 for Persian Gulf War Veterans. 

As current studies focusing on the cause and time of onset of illnesses suffered by Persian Gulf War Veterans remain inconclusive, the VA recognized that it would be premature to end the presumptive period on its initial end date, December 31, 2021. If an extension was not implemented, it would have substantially impacted service members who conditions manifested at a later date, limiting their entitlement to benefits due to the original presumptive period expiration.

Since the presumptive period has been extended to December 31, 2026, Persian Gulf War Veterans who experience symptoms that the VA presumes are related to Persian Gulf War service or any other unexplained medical issues are encouraged to file a compensation claim. 

Some “presumed” illnesses and diseases include: 

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Functional gastrointestinal disorders
  • Abnormal weight loss
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Neurological and psychological problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Sleep disturbances

As a Persian Gulf War Veteran, you may be eligible for a wide variety of benefits. Read VA News to learn more about the extended presumptive period or visit the VA website to learn more about benefits for Gulf War Veterans.

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