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Your Service-Connected Condition

The Veterans Administration (VA) provides disability compensation for deserving veterans who have disabilities related to their military service.  These conditions include those that developed while serving in the military that were not caused by active duty, and conditions that were caused or exacerbated by military service.

The Veterans Administration recognizes the following list of conditions as having developed in veterans because of their active service in the military. If you believe you have a service-connected condition, you may be eligible for disability compensation benefits.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Related to combat service or personal trauma

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

If diagnosed anytime after honorable service in excess of 90 days

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Often diagnosed, but generally related to concussion resulting from explosion

Chronic Diseases:

If diagnosed within one year of separation from service

  • Anemia, primary
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Atrophy, Progressive Muscular
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Brain Thrombosis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Calculi of the kidney, bladder, or gallbladder
  • Cardiovascular-renal disease, including hypertension
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Coccidioidomycosis
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Encephalitis lethargic residuals
  • Endocarditis (all forms of valvular heart disease)
  • Endocrinopathies
  • Epilepsies
  • Hansen’s disease
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Leukemia
  • Lupus erythematous, systemic
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Myelitis
  • Myocarditis
  • Nephritis
  • Other organic diseases of the nervous system
  • Osteitis deformans (Paget‟s disease)
  • Osteomalacia
  • Palsy, bulbar
  • Paralysis agitans
  • Psychoses
  • Purpura idiopathic, hemorrhagic
  • Raynaud‟s disease
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral
  • Sclerosis, multiple
  • Syringomyelia
  • Thromboangiitis obliterans (Buerger‟s disease)
  • Tuberculosis, active
  • Tumors, malignant, or of the brain or spinal cord or peripheral nerves
  • Ulcers, peptic (gastric or duodenal)

Tropical Diseases

If diagnosed within incubation period of illness following service in a tropical region

  • Amebiasis
  • Blackwater fever
  • Cholera
  • Dracontiasis
  • Filariasis
  • Leishmaniasis, including kala-azar
  • Loiasis.
  • Malaria
  • Onchocerciasis
  • Oroya fever
  • Pinta
  • Plague
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Yaws
  • Yellow fever

Diseases Specific to Prisoners of War

If held captive more than 30 days and diagnosed at any time following separation from service

  • Psychosis
  • Any of the anxiety states
  • Dysthymic disorder (depressive neurosis)
  • Organic residuals of frostbite
  • Post-traumatic osteoarthristis
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease
    • Hypertensive vascular disease
    • Hypertensive heart disease
    • Myocardial infarction
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Avitaminosis
  • Beriberi (including beriberi heart disease)
  • Chronic dysentery
  • Helminthiasis
  • Malnutrition
  • Pellagra
  • Other nutritional deficiency
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy (except if related to infectious causes)
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Osteoporosis (on or after September 28, 2009)

Apply for Benefits with an Alpha Advocate – Vets Helping Vets

If you do not receive a fully favorable decision from the VA, or you disagree with the percentage given to your disability, we can help you appeal for more.

It can take months, in many cases, years, for the VA to grant benefits. If you think you have a service-connected disability, or need help to prove that you do, the Alpha team is ready to help you.

Note: All representation coordinated by Alpha is provided by our employees, the Advocates, who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). No private organization that trains and employs accredited agents has been legally recognized by the VA for the purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. This work must be done by the Advocates themselves and not organizations.