Post date: Nov 10, 2012 4:46:03 AM
A Presumptive Condition is an assumed belief of an illness or injury on reasonable grounds or probable evidence that an illness or injury occurred during the time of a Veteran's service, thus making that illness or injury service-connected.
The Presumptive Conditions categories are:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) - the VA added Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease to its list of presumptive conditions. All veterans who develop ALS at any time after separation may be eligible for disability compensation.
Prisoners of War – any length of time with presumed 10 percent disabling condition, includes types of anxiety and psychosis conditions, along with heart disease, osteoporosis and more.
Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange and Other Herbicides – service in the Republic of Vietnam from 1962 – 1975 with exposure to a herbicide used for military tactics. Twelve illnesses are presumed by the VA to be service-connected.
Veterans Exposed to Radiation – those who participated in “radiation risk activities” who have conditions presumed to be service- connected. Many illnesses are included that are leukemia, lymphoma and cancer-related.
Gulf War Veterans with Chronic Disabilities – covers those with chronic disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses and/or medically unexplained chronic multi symptom illnesses from those serving in Southwest Asia from 1990 through 1991 or to a degree of at least 10 percent anytime since then through 2011.