About Presumptive Service Connections
VA Presumes that specific disabilities diagnosed in certain veterans were caused by their military service. VA does this because of the unique circumstances of their military service. If one of these conditions is diagnosed in a veteran in one of these groups. VA presumes that the circumstances of his/her service caused the condition, and disability compensation can be awarded.
Conditions Caused by Military Service
- Veterans from specific groups: Entitlement to a disability compensation may be presumed under the circumstances described and for the conditions listed.
- Veterans within one year of release from active duty: Veterans diagnosed with chronic diseases (such as arthritis, diabetes, or hypertension) are encouraged to apply for disability compensation.
- Veterans with continuous service of 90 days or more: Veterans diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) / Lou Gehrig’s Disease at any time after discharge or release from qualifying active service is sufficient to establish connection for the disease, if the veteran had active, continuous service of 90 days of more.
For more information, contact the Muskegon County Veterans Service Center at 231-724-7143.