Three new respiratory conditions are now considered presumptive by the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Starting August 2, 2021, veterans diagnosed
with chronic asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis within 10 years of a qualifying period of
service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas will have their disability claims
processed on a presumptive basis.
This particulate matter presumption announcement comes shortly after a May 27
determination by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough, who stated
that VA would consider adding respiratory conditions to the list of presumptive
chronic disabilities. This serves as the first recommendation from a newly formed
VA internal process that intends to support rulemaking based on scientific
Now, thanks to VA’s new presumption, thousands of veterans exposed to
particulate matter in overseas military bases, including Iraq and Afghanistan, can
more easily secure VA disability compensation for chronic asthma, rhinitis, and
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