What Are The Symptoms Of Gulf War Syndrome?

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What Are The Symptoms Of Gulf War Syndrome?

There are many illnesses that you can get during or after your service in the military. One of those illnesses involves Gulf War Syndrome. Gulf War Syndrome is a group of unexplainable chronic symptoms that predominantly affects veterans on both sides of the Gulf War.

Some symptoms include headaches, fatigue, joint pain, and indigestion. Gulf War Syndrome is often referred to as a multi-symptom illness. Having these symptoms can lead to other serious health conditions. To receive veterans benefits for your symptoms from Gulf War Syndrome, reach out to the Gulf War Syndrome attorneys at the Comerford Law Office.

Qualifying For Benefits

When you apply for a V.A. disability claim, you must prove a connection between your military service and your illness. If you are receiving benefits for symptoms related to the Gulf War Syndrome, you may not need to prove the connection to your disability.

When you have suffered the unexplained symptoms for at least six months, the V.A. will presume that these symptoms are due to Gulf War Syndrome. Some of these presumptive illnesses that can indicate the presence of Gulf War Syndrome include:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Functional gastrointestinal disorders
  • Undiagnosed conditions like abnormal weight loss and muscle pain

Who Is Considered A Gulf War Veteran?

To help with determining the eligibility for benefits, the V.A. defines Gulf War veterans as veterans who served on active duty from August 2, 1990, to the present day. To be qualified as a Gulf War veteran, you must have served in the following locations:

  • Kuwait
  • Iraq
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Bahrain
  • Qatar
  • The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)
  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • Jordan
  • Israel
  • Egypt
  • Afghanistan
  • The Gulf of Oman
  • The Gulf of Aden

If you are a Gulf War veteran, you would be able to receive benefits for various disorders that your symptoms can trigger. Other disorders that you would qualify for include post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder.

Possible Causes Of Gulf War Syndrome

During the Gulf War, veterans were exposed to different chemical exposures. Some possible causes of this condition include chemical nerve agents, pesticides, and pyridostigmine bromide pills.

Filing Your Claim

As a Gulf War veteran, you would be allowed to include non-medical and medical evidence with your V.A. disability claim. The type of nonmedical evidence you can include is proof of time lost from work, changes in appearance, and changes in your physical or mental capabilities. If you do not include any medical evidence with your claim, the V.A. may request you to complete an independent medical examination.

Speak With An Experienced Gulf War Syndrome Attorney Today

At the Comerford Law Office, we have helped many veterans obtain the benefits they deserve and fully understand the nature of Gulf War Syndrome. This condition can seriously affect your life and your family members. If you need assistance obtaining benefits, reach out to us today. Call our team of VA benefits lawyers today to schedule an initial consultation.

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