Presumption of Service Connection Definition
A presumption of service connection is when VA presumes a veteran’s condition was caused by their military service, usually due to a certain exposure. The presumption of service connection removes the requirement that veterans provide a medical nexus linking their condition to their military service. Instead, if a veteran served in certain qualifying time periods and locations and has a condition associated with exposure, VA will presume the veteran’s in-service exposure caused his or her condition. The presumption of service connection may apply to the following groups of veterans:
- Veterans exposed to herbicide agents, such as Agent Orange
- Gulf War Veterans
- Former Prisoners of War (POWs)
- Atomic Veterans (Ionizing Radiation Exposure)
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- “Gulf War and Health: Generational Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War” (2018)
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