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Ibs Rating Amounts?

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I am going to put in a claim for IBS. Was wondering if there is a format for what is rated on the severity of the problem. Also idf any of you have been SC for IBS what kind of treatments have you recieved from VA? I was told by DAV rep that IBS falls under gulf war syndrome. Any truth to this at all? Thanks

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"I was told by DAV rep that IBS falls under gulf war syndrome. Any truth to this at all? Thanks "

Technically that is correct- however the VA does not compensate Gulf War Syndrome- they compensate chronic unexplained qualifying illness.(IBS is one of those illnesses)

This VA link explains this better and there is a wealth of info under Qualifying Chronic disability in our GW forum.

I have seen claims at the BVA for "Gulf War Syndrome" that were denied because the veteran did not explain the cluster of

symptoms well enough to fall into the VA's definition of a qualifying chronic unexplained illness.

Also there should be a Gulf War radio show I did at SVR some time on Gulf War syndrome in the SVR archives here as to how the VA defines these illnesses and also info about the nine new presumptives that are predominently residuals from infectious bacterial disease that was most likely incurred in Southwest East theatre.


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Thanks alot. This is some great info. Very interesting information. So if the dav is helping with claim I need to put in for chromic unexplained illness and not gulf war syndrome correct? Thanks again

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I think either way to state it is OK if you add to the sentence I claim GWS or chronic unexplained illness due to my service in South West Asia as I have these chronic conditions

with no known etiology but for my service during the Gulf War.

It pays to go over the qualifying chronic disabilities that VA will SC so tat nothing is left out.

It would help as well to check out the BVA web site and search for Gulf War Syndrome or Gulf War illnesses and see how vets shaped their claims.

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Here are 2 BVA awards to GW vets:



The full legal and medical criteria for these awards is found in the decisions.

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7319 ​Irritable colon syndrome (spastic colitis, mucous colitis, etc.):


​Severe; diarrhea, or alternating diarrhea and constipation, with more

​or less constant abdominal distress​30

​Moderate; frequent episodes of bowel disturbance with abdominal


​Mild, disturbances of bowel function with occasional episodes of

​abdominal distress​0


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