Overview of Gulf War Illness Compensation
Many veterans who served in the Gulf War suffer from a cluster of unexplainable symptoms that are collectively referred to as Gulf War illness or chronic multisystem illness. These veterans may also qualify for Gulf War illness compensation.
What is Gulf War illness?According to the Department Of Veterans Affairs, Gulf War illness is a common condition that affects veterans who served in the Gulf War. The term "Gulf War illness" includes a cluster of unexplained medical symptoms. These symptoms include fatigue and headaches, dizziness, joint pain and respiratory problems. These symptoms are also collectively referred to as chronic multisystem illness or Gulf War illness.
Eligibility for Benefits for Gulf War IllnessTo determine eligibility for benefits for Gulf War illness, the Department Of Veterans Affairs presumes that symptoms that are exhibited for six months or more are related to service in the Gulf War. However, to qualify, you must have begun to suffer the symptoms during active duty in the Southwest Asia Theater of Military Operations, or by December 31, 2016. The areas included in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations are Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the neutral zone between these two countries, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Persian Gulf region, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea as well as the airspace above these areas. The symptoms must also be at least ten percent disabling for you to qualify for benefits.
Symptoms That Qualify for Benefits: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and FibromyalgiaVeterans who suffer from a range of debilitating symptoms can qualify for benefits for Gulf War illness. Sicknesses included under the blanket term "Gulf War illness" can include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome refers to a condition in which a person feels constantly fatigued because of medically unexplained reasons, and the fatigue is not alleviated by rest, and not caused by other conditions. Fibromyalgia is a condition that involves muscular pain, insomnia, and severe headaches.
Symptoms That Qualify for Benefits: Gastrointestinal Disorders and Unexplained AilmentsPersons who suffer from functional gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, functional abdominal pain syndrome and functional dyspepsia may also qualify for benefits for these symptoms. Apart from these illnesses, symptoms of other undiagnosed illnesses can also include medically unexplained weight loss, fatigue, muscle pain, body pain, joint pain, menstrual disorders, unexplained headaches, skin problems, respiratory problems, neurological issues, psychological problems, and sleep disorders.