VA Presumptive Chronic Diseases
Chronic Diseases: Service connection may be granted for the following chronic diseases after completion of 90 days of active wartime duty or service after December 31, 1946, if manifested to a compensable degree (10% or more) per the evaluation criteria in Part 4 of Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations within one year from release from active duty or otherwise specified, and an active disease process now:
(1) Cardiovascular-renal disease shown under this section includes 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 one-year period will be given the same benefit of service connection as any of the chronic diseases listed.
(2) Endocarditis shown under this section covers all forms of valvular heart disease.
(3) Tumors shown under this section means malignant tumors or tumors of the brain or spinal cord or the peripheral nerves.
(4) Concerning ulcers shown under this section, 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 of evidence indicates gastric or duodenal ulcer (peptic ulcer). Whenever possible, of course, laboratory findings should be used in corroboration of the clinical data.
(5) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease, effective September 23, 2008), the veteran must have active continuous military service of 90 days or more.
It is important to note that if any of the aforementioned disabilities were the direct cause or contributed to the death of the Veteran, and a Spouse survives, the Spouse may be eligible for Dependent Indemnity Compensation from the VA.
For additional information and assistance, contact the VFW Department (State) Service Office nearest your location, as shown on the Roster