Disabilities That Appear Within One Year After Discharge

If you experience symptoms of certain diseases, such as hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, and peptic ulcers, within a year of separation from active service, you may be eligible for disability benefits. If symptoms appear within a year of separation, even though they were not present during military service, VA may presume service connection. See the complete list of diseases.

Are you eligible for compensation?

Yes, if:

  • You have a disease that is at least 10% disabling within one year after separation from service.
  • The disease is listed in Title 38, Code of Federal Regulation, 3.09(a).
  • You were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

Who is covered

You

Available benefits

  • Compensation
  • Health care
  • Disability

How it works

  • The evidence must show that the disease is at least 10% disabling. For example, you may be taking medication for hypertension.
  • The evidence must show that the disease appeared within one year after separation from service.

Exception:
The requirement that the disease must have appeared within one year after separation from service does not apply to the following:

  • Hansen’s disease: within three years after separation
  • Tuberculosis: within three years after separation
  • Multiple sclerosis: within seven years after separation
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease: any time after separation