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?
- 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
- Health care
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.
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