New Presumptive Conditions for Gulf War Veterans. On August 2, VA established presumptive service connection for three chronic respiratory health conditions – asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis, including rhinosinusitis, in association with presumed exposure to particulate matter from burn pits.
These presumptions apply to veterans whose active military service includes duty in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War from August 2, 1990 to present, as well as those serving in Afghanistan, Syria, Djibouti, or Uzbekistan, on or after September 19, 2001 to the present.
The Southwest Asia theater of operations refers to Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the neutral zone between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea and the airspace above these locations.
If you served in any of the locations indicated and have a qualifying condition, or just have questions, please call our office at 906-667-1110.