What Are Presumptive Conditions?

To understand what Presumptive Conditions are, you should know the limits the Department of Veterans Affairs places on Veterans. The VA has strict rules that limit whether or not a Veteran receives disability compensation. All disabilities must have a proven and clear connection to your time in service. Therefore, if you can not provide proof, the VA will deny your disability claim. 

However, depending on your period of service, deployment history, and disability, you may qualify for automatic compensation. According to the VA, this means you may be eligible to receive Presumptive Disability Benefits because they presume that specific disabilities were a direct result of military service. To clarify, there is no need to provide any proof that a particular disability is service-connected, and it does not need to appear in your service medical records.

Even if these Presumptive Conditions appear after your time in the military, you are still entitled to compensation. For some (but not all) of these disabilities, symptoms must occur within one year after your military discharge. In addition, you must have served for a minimum of 90 days, and a VA disability rating of at least 10%.

Veterans Who May Qualify

If you are a Veteran that falls under one of these categories, please refer to the table below for specific Presumptive Conditions you may have.

Former prisoners of war who: 

  • Have a condition that is at least 10 percent disabling

Vietnam Veterans who were: 

  • Exposed to Agent Orange 
  • Served in the Republic of Vietnam or on a vessel operating not more than 12 nautical miles seaward from the demarcation line of the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975

Atomic Veterans exposed to ionizing radiation and who experienced one of the following: 

  • Participated in atmospheric nuclear testing 
  • Occupied or were prisoners of war in Hiroshima or Nagasaki 
  • Served before Feb. 1, 1992, at a diffusion plant in Paducah, Kentucky, Portsmouth, Ohio, or Oak Ridge, Tennessee 
  • Served before Jan. 1, 1974, at Amchitka Island, Alaska

Gulf War Veterans who: 

  • Served in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations 
  • Have a condition that is at least 10 percent disabling by Dec. 31, 2026

Gulf War Deployed Veterans who: 

  • Served in the Southwest Theater of Operations during the Persian Gulf War 
  • Served in Afghanistan, Syria, Djibouti, or Uzbekistan on or after September 19, 2001

Presumptive Conditions

Veterans in the following groups may qualify for presumptive disability benefits if they have certain diagnoses.

Click on the group you fall under to see if you qualify for benefits.

How To Get Presumptive Disability Benefits

We hope this guide provides a better understanding of what Presumptive Conditions are and how they work. You may be entitled to disability benefits based on the area you served in. File a presumptive claim to get the benefits you deserve.

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