Presumptive service connection may be granted for the following infectious diseases: Brucellosis, Campylobacterjejuni, Coxiella burnetti (Q fever), Malaria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Nontyphoid Salmonella, Shigella, Visceral Ieishmaniasis, and West Nile virus. Qualifying periods of service for these infectious diseases include active Military, Naval, or Air Service in the above stated Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Gulf War period of August 2, 1990, to July 30, 1991, or Active Military, Naval, or Air Service on or after September 19, 2001, in Afghanistan.
To qualify, Veterans must also meet all three of the following criteria:
- 1. Have 20 or more years of active duty, or full-time National Guard duty, or satisfactory service as a reservist, or
- 2. Be in a retired status.
- 3. Be receiving retired pay (must be offset by VA payments).
Retirees do not need to apply for this benefit. Payment is coordinated between VA and the Department of Defense (DoD).