02 January 2012

Gulf War Veterans - proposed final VA rules about undiagnosed illnesses

As many of the 74th-439th folks are veterans of Gulf War One, this proposed VA ruling is of interest and we should read carefully. The important points...extended time for illnesses to be noted, greater flexibility in determining noted but undiagnosed illnesses to be grouped into "Gulf War Illness" and easier approvals for ratings from the VA. We'll see, as thus far the VA mostly either denies that an illness or symptom exists or they decide it manifested itself too far after the War to be rated.

-------- from Paul Sutton -------

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this interim final rule to amend its adjudication regulation regarding compensation for disabilities suffered by veterans who served in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations during the Persian Gulf War. 

This amendment is necessary to extend the period during which disabilities associated with undiagnosed illnesses and medically unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses must become manifest in order for a veteran to be eligible for compensation.

This interim final rule is effective December 29, 2011. Comments must be received by VA on or before February 27, 2011


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