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Gulf War Illness from Service in Afghanistan

If you served in Afghanistan, you may suffer from illnesses or other conditions related to service in this region. Find out if you can get disability compensation or benefits.

Learn about service in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations and Gulf War Illness.

Can I get disability benefits from VA?

You may be able to get benefits if you served in Afghanistan and your chronic illness or other condition must have:

  • Started while you were on active duty or after September 19, 2001, and
  • Caused you to be ill for at least 6 months, and
  • Qualified you for a disability rating of 10% or more, and
  • Not been caused by anything except your service in Afghanistan, and

You must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and have a diagnosis of 1 or more of these conditions:

  • Brucellosis
  • Campylobacter jejuni
  • Coxiella burnetii (Q fever)
  • Malaria*
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis*
  • Nontyphoid Salmonella
  • Shigella
  • Visceral leishmaniasis*
  • West Nile Virus

*Indicates that there are exceptions to how we decide if these illnesses qualify you for benefits and these conditions may be covered even after a year has passed.

Find out what other health risks may be connected to your service in Afghanistan.

Who’s covered?


What kind of disability benefits can I get?

  • Health care
  • Compensation (payments)

How do I get these benefits?

You’ll need to apply for benefits. Apply for benefits.

What if I need help filing my disability claim?

You can get help from a trained professional trusted to help with VA-related claims. Get help filing your claim.