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Can I File A Claim For Persian Gulf War Syndrome/gwi / Gws?

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Hello everyone,

I'm wondering if it's possible for a vet to file a claim for illnesses related to the Gulf War Syndrome.

Anyone have experience with this? I'm currently 60% but have long ignored GWI symptoms.

Any help would be great.

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The gulf war illness can manifest any time until December 31, 2011 NOT what you stated "this disability was manifested within one year after service in the Gulf War."

You are also wrong in the statement on showing a direct service than doing a claim under section3.317. Over the past few year it is getting better. Those of us who have been working them for the past 14 years are getting them done with no problem.

There are many veterans with 60+ % due to the presumptive of GWI.

VA technically doesn't recognize a specific Gulf War "syndrome"- they follow guidelines within 38 USC 1117 to determine if the veteran has

a "qualifying chronic disability." and whether this disability was manifested within one year after service in the Gulf War.

"qualifying chronic disabilities" are explained in the regulation in this BVA decision:

http://www.va.gov/ve...es1/0900076.txt

These types of claims trigger a Persian Gulf War Exam.

It is often much easier for a Gulf War veteran to show their disability is directly due to service then to fall into the requirements in 38 USC 1117.

BVA decisions -if you google Gulf War Syndrome at the BVA search feature ( at VA.gov under Board of Veterans Appeals )- show in detail what VA considers as Gulf War illnesses.

I assume your 60 was granted directly due to your service and not presumptive-

has the 60% gotten worse sonce that decision? Are you able to work?

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Thank you for correcting me!!!!

I get the chronic presumptives in 38 USC 1112 mixed up with this regulation.

The BVA case quoted it correctly and I messed up.

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