Disabilities That Appear Within 1 Year Post Discharge

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Disabilityies that appear within 1 Year of Discharge

You may be able to get disability benefits if you have signs of an illness like hypertension (high blood pressure), arthritis, diabetes, or peptic ulcers that started within a year after you were discharged from active military service.

If your symptoms appear within one year after discharge—even if they weren’t there while you were serving—and the condition is at least 10% disabling the VBA will conclude that they’re related to your service (service-connected).

  • Anemia, primary.
  • Arteriosclerosis.
  • Arthritis.
  • Atrophy, Progressive muscular.
  • Brain hemorrhage.
  • Brain thrombosis.
  • Bronchiectasis.
  • Calculi of the kidney, bladder, or gallbladder.
  • Cardiovascular-renal disease, including hypertension. (This term applies to combination involvement of the type of arteriosclerosis, nephritis, and organic heart disease, and since hypertension is an early symptom long preceding the development of those diseases in their more obvious forms, a disabling hypertension within the 1-year period will be given the same benefit of service connection as any of the chronic diseases listed.)
  • Cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Coccidioidomycosis.
  • Diabetes mellitus.
  • Encephalitis lethargica residuals.
  • Endocarditis. (This term covers all forms of valvular heart disease.)
  • Endocrinopathies.
  • Epilepsies.
  • Hansen’s disease.
  • Hodgkin’s disease.
  • Leukemia.
  • Lupus erythematosus, 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) (A proper diagnosis of gastric or duodenal ulcer (peptic ulcer) is to be considered established if it represents a medically sound interpretation of sufficient clinical findings warranting such diagnosis and provides an adequate basis for a differential diagnosis from other conditions with like symptomatology; in short, where the preponderance ofevidence indicates gastric or duodenal ulcer (peptic ulcer). Whenever possible, of course, laboratory findings should be used in corroboration of the clinical data.

The following diseases are covered, even if they appear more than one year after you separated from service:

  • Hansen’s disease (a long-lasting infection that affects your skin, nerves, and mucous membranes) can appear within 3 years after discharge.
  • Tuberculosis (an infection that attacks your lungs and sometimes other areas of your body) can appear within 3 years after discharge.
  • Multiple sclerosis (a long-lasting illness that can cause numbness, weakness, and many other symptoms) can appear within 7 years after discharge.
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease (a long-lasting illness that affects muscle control), can appear any time after discharge.

This is the link: https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/illnesses-within-one-year-of-discharge/

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