Gulf War Syndrome and VA Benefits
Since the beginning of the Gulf War in 1990, veterans that participated in the war experienced a higher-than-average rate of symptoms that are unable to be explained by any specific medical condition. This high rate of ailments associated with this group of veterans means that the veterans could now be eligible for VA benefits due to Gulf War Syndrome.
If you or a veteran you know has suffered from Gulf War Syndrome, Tabak Law is in a unique position to help retain benefits that could lead to a higher overall quality of life.
What you need to know about Gulf War Syndrome and VA Benefits
When and Where did the Gulf War Take Place?
The United States participated in the first Persian Gulf War from August 2, 1990 to February 28, 1991. The Persian Gulf War was fought primarily in Iraq and Kuwait during this time period.
Environmental Hazards of the Gulf War
There were many environmental hazards that Gulf War veterans dealt with during their time of service overseas. Smoke from over 750 Kuwait oil well fires is one of the most well-known hazards, but not the only one. There was also large pesticide/insecticide use, indigenous infectious disease, nerve gas, and even nerve gas antidote, among other high doses of particulate matter.
Most Common Symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome
While veterans of the Gulf War have experienced a large quantity of symptoms across the board, there are a group that are most common to this veteran set. They include weight loss, cardiovascular issues, muscle and joint pain, headaches, neurological problems, respiratory disturbances, sleeping issues and insomnia, fatigue, and various skin conditions.
Gulf War Veterans Eligible for VA Benefits
The VA has a list of locations of service that potentially qualify a Persian Gulf War veteran for benefits. This list includes service starting from August 2, 1990 in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the neutral zone between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Gulfs of Aden and Oman, water of the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Fed Sea, and airspace above all of these locations.
Gulf War Veterans and Disability Ratings for Gulf War Illness
Gulf War Veterans may be eligible for benefits from the VA, depending on their severity and how they impact their daily lives. While Gulf War Syndrome itself is not a diagnosis that has a link to benefits, veterans serving in the affected areas from the symptoms listed above during the correct time frame may be eligible for the benefits.
Hiring a Disability Lawyer for Gulf War Syndrome Ailments
Having a lawyer involved with a Gulf War Syndrome associated VA claim is the most effective way for a veteran dealing with these issues to get benefits from the VA. Tabak Law has a wealth of experience getting veterans the compensation they deserve. Don’t hesitate to contact the professionals today at 844-432-0114.