Veterans of the Persian Gulf War with undiagnosed illnesses now have an additional five years to qualify for VA benefits. A recent change in VA regulations affects veterans of the conflict in Southwest Asia. Many have attributed a range of undiagnosed or poorly understood medical problems to their military services, with chemical weapons, environmental hazards and vaccinations among the possible causes. At issue is the eligibility to claim VA disability compensation based upon those undiagnosed illnesses, and the ability of survivors to qualify for VA’s Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. Under long-standing VA rules, any undiagnosed illnesses used to establish eligibility for VA benefits must become apparent by Dec. 31. The new change pushes the date back to Dec. 31, 2016. Read more at

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