VA benefits are available to all U.S. military veterans who can establish a service connection with their injury or condition.

What some may not be aware of is that certain conditions for which a veteran can receive disability benefits are presumed to be connected to military service without the need to establish a service connection.

Although a veteran must prove service-connection for most issues by submitting evidence to support their benefits claim, a presumptive disability can be easier to claim and begin receiving benefits related to that condition.

What Is A Presumptive Service-Connected Disability?

A presumptive service-connected disability that is eligible for VA benefits is a condition that the VA has already established to be connected to certain military service.

It is a condition that the VA already recognizes as being due to specific military service, so any veteran experiencing that condition is presumed to have a valid service connection.

Due to this presumption, veterans can begin receiving VA disability benefits for conditions on the VA’s list of presumed conditions by simply providing their military service history.

What Presumptive Conditions Are Eligible for VA Disability Benefits?

Veterans may qualify for VA benefits for a presumed service-connected condition based on where as well as when they served and what military activities they were involved in.

There are more than 40 presumed conditions that are eligible under this criteria.

Among the numerous recognized VA disability conditions that are presumed to be related to military service are those resulting from:

  • Agent Orange Exposure - Vietnam War veterans experiencing hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes mellitus 2, as well as various forms of cancer and who were presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange may qualify.
  • Burn Pit Exposure - Veterans who worked in toxic burn pits and went on to experience asthma, emphysema, COPD, and various forms of lung cancer as well as certain other cancers may qualify.
  • Atomic Exposure - Veterans exposed to radiation and experiencing stomach cancer, bile duct cancer, multiple myeloma, and other cancers may qualify.
  • POW Experiences - Prisoners of war experiencing PTSD, psychosis, osteoporosis, strokes, and numerous other conditions that were caused by or worsened by their captivity may qualify.
  • Gulf War Syndrome - Veterans experiencing chronic multi-symptom illness

    To qualify for VA benefits for a presumptive service-connected condition, a veteran must provide the required evidence that proves that they meet eligibility criteria for conditions related to presumed disabilities.

    Many of these conditions have short time limits, meaning a veteran can only be approved for VA disability benefits for a presumed condition if they are diagnosed within a certain amount of time from their discharge while other conditions have longer windows of acceptance.

    In either case, to qualify for VA benefits under a presumption, veterans must provide their diagnosis plus their corresponding service history to be reviewed by the VA.

    Veterans who believe they qualify for a presumed condition but do not meet the timeframe for disability benefits claims can still submit evidence to establish a nexus of service connection in the usual way that disability claims are handled.

    A Service Connection Presumption Can Make Claiming VA Benefits Easier

    Veterans seeking VA benefits based on certain disabilities that the VA knows to be related to military service may be able to bypass the complex claims process if they qualify for a presumed service connection.

    Those meeting these criteria can begin receiving VA disability benefits more quickly, since the need to establish a service connection is eliminated.

    For assistance filing a disability claim for a presumed condition, a VA disability claim specialist can help!

    Have Questions About Presumed VA Benefits Claims in Texas?

    Contact The VA Disability Benefits Experts at True Vet Solutions!

    Call 888-802-1549 To Discuss Your Claim!


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