What is a presumptive condition?

The V.A. regards i.e. presumes that the illness is related to a veteran's military service. Consequently, if you file a claim for service-connected benefits, because you have succumbed to a “presumptive condition,” you do not have to "prove" a connection between the health related issue/problem and military service. The link is presumed to exist. Therefore, having this information makes it easier for veterans to make a claim.

Here is a partial list of presumptive conditions:

  • Certain cancers related to the Hiroshima or Nagasaki atomic bomb, and atomic testing.
  • MS, if diagnosed within seven years of discharge.
  • Hypertension, arthritis, etc. if diagnosed within one year of discharge.
  • Psychosis, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke, if a POW.
  • Certain cancers, type II diabetes, ischemic heart condition or Parkinson's disease are considered presumptive in veterans who served in Vietnam any time from February 28, 1961 through May 7, 1975.
  • ALS if the veterans served 90 days active duty.
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