In certain instances, the requirements for qualifying for veterans’ disability benefits has been positively adjusted by the United States Veterans Affairs Department. For some recent US veterans, such as those who served in the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War, or the Afghanistan War, it will be easier to obtain VA disability benefits and apply for VA disability benefits.
Going forward, these veterans will need only to prove that they served in one of the three above wars and that they have one of nine specific diseases. Instead of having to prove that the diseases were acquired due to their service in the armed forces, vets will be given presumptive status, and it will be assumed that they contracted their conditions during their time as soldiers.
The nine diseases are malaria, West Nile virus, brucellosis, campylobacter jejuni, coxiella burnetii, mycobacterium tuberculosis, nontyphoid salmonella, shigella and visceral leishmaniasis.