VA Extends Presumptive Service Connection to Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced new regulations on September 29, 2010 extending presumptive service connection to Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for illnesses associated with their military service. The new presumptions apply to veterans who served in Southwest Asia beginning on or after the start of Operation Desert Shield on August 2, 1990, through Operation Desert Storm to the present, including the current conflict in Iraq. Veterans who served in Afghanistan on or after September 19, 2001, also qualify. The final regulation relieves these veterans of the burden of proving the following diseases are service-related: Brucellosis, Campylobacter jejuni, Coxiella Burnetti (Q fever), Malaria, Mycobacterium tuburculosis, Nontyphoid Salmonella, Shigella, visceral leishmaniasis and West Nile virus.