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.
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