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Certain Gulf War Veterans are entitled to a presumption of service connection for what is commonly referred to as “Gulf War Syndrome”.

If a Gulf War veteran suffers from a chronic disability that is either undiagnosed, or suffers from a combination of undiagnosed illnesses, that arise either during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War, or that arises to a compensable degree (10 percent or more) within a presumptive period following service in that conflict, will be entitled to service connection for those conditions.

Here’s the “catch” though – once the illnesses are diagnosed, the condition is no longer presumed service connected.

Veterans who served in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations during the Gulf War often report undiagnosed symptoms such as:

* fatigue
* skin symptoms
* headaches
* muscle pain
* joint pain
* neurological symptoms
* respiratory symptoms
* sleep disturbance
* GI symptoms
* cardiovascular symptoms
* weight loss
* menstrual disorders
* memory problems
* diarrhea
* shortness of breath
* abdominal pain.

The “constellation” of signs and symptoms that have been found Veterans who served in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations during the Gulf War often report medically unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses, defined by a cluster of signs or symptoms, such as:

* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Fibromyalgia
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The most common diagnostic categories into which these reported ailments were placed in Part IV of Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations were (1) musculoskeletal and connective tissue conditions; (2) mental disorders; (3) respiratory illnesses; (4) skin and subcutaneous conditions; and (5) digestive disorders.

If you are a veteran of the Gulf War, and served “in theater” in Southwest Asia and exhibit any of these symptoms, then you might be entitled to service condition of your undiagnosed illness.

The Attig Law Firm represents U.S. Veterans who have been denied  benefits in their VA Disability claims for compensation due to injuries or diseases incurred during military service. The Firm currently represents peace-time and war-time veterans of all branches of the military, at all levels of the VA disability claim process (VA Regional OfficeBoard of Veterans’ Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims). Contact the Attig Law Firm if you would like to discuss your claim for disability benefits before the VA.


No post on this website is meant to be legal advice and the posts on this website do not serve as a substitute for legal advice. Information is power, and we are providing this information to give you, the Veteran, some power. This information is not widely or easily accessible to Veterans.  The information presented on this website is a general description of law and processes; each case is different, and there may be approaches listed here that are not accurate or applicable to your case. Likewise, their may be information that is applicable to your case that is not provided on this Veterans Disability Compensation Blog.


It is very important that we note that each and every Veteran’s claim is different. Just because we were able to secure substantial past-due benefits for one Veteran does not mean or imply that we will be able to do so for you.   In some cases, we may not be able to secure you any financial compensation due to the facts of your particular case.

It is best to consult with a lawyer familiar with VA Disability claims to examine your particular claim.  If you would like to discuss your VA claim with a lawyer who handles VA Benefits and Disability Appealscontact the Attig Law Firm, PLLC, for a free consultation with a VA Disability attorney.

VA Disability attorneys at the Attig Law Firm, PLLC, represent Veterans in their  VA Disability Claims not only in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, but in VA Disability Claims all around the United States, Puerto Rico, and even overseas Veterans in their claims for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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