VA Now Processing Gulf War Veterans' Disability Claims for New Respiratory Presumptive Conditions [August 16, 2021] [open pdf - 832KB]
From the Background: "On August 2, 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced [hyperlink] it will begin processing disability claims for asthma [hyperlink], rhinitis [hyperlink], and sinusitis [hyperlink] on a presumptive basis due to presumed exposure to particulate matter (such as burn pit emissions) during servicemembers' deployment to Southwest Asia and certain other countries. This update in presumptive conditions comes after VA Secretary Denis McDonough informed Congress on June 16, 2021 [hyperlink], that he has 'recommended initiation of rulemaking to establish a presumption of service connection for respiratory conditions related to exposure to particulate matter and other airborne hazards, which may conclude [sic] such conditions as asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis for Gulf War Veterans [hyperlink]. This decision was based on the first iteration of a newly formed internal VA process to review scientific evidence relating to exposures.' Less than two months later, on August 5, 2021, VA began to adjudicate veterans' claims for the aforementioned conditions."
CRS Insight, IN11724
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