Presumptive Disability for

Gulf War Syndrome

A complete list of symptoms and conditions

Gulf War Syndrome Presumptive Disability

Gulf War Syndrome is a term meant to group unrelated, seemingly random and unconnected chronic symptoms that have no known official or identifiable clinical diagnosis.  If you have developed symptoms lasting 6 months or more (chronic) that are unrelated to or undiagnosed as another condition and are not a result of misconduct or tied to another service area outside of Southwest Asia, you might be eligible for Gulf War Presumptive Disability.  There are three categories that your symptoms can be classified as...

Diagnosis of Gulf War Syndrome can be developed before or after discharge - and must manifest to 10% for all after-discharge eligibility.


If a clinical diagnosis can be made, the
symptoms do not constitute Gulf War Syndrome.  Conditions with partially known causes do not qualify.

Gulf War Syndrome:  General Symptoms



Skin Conditions

Muscle Pain

Joint pain

Neurological symptoms

Mental health symptoms

Respiratory symptoms

Trouble Sleeping (Insomnia)

Cardiovascular symptoms

Abnormal weight loss

Menustral disorders

Gastrointestinal symptoms

Gulf War Syndrome: Multi-Illness Symptoms

Fibromyalgia, CD 5025

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, DC 6354

Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (e.g, GERD, IBS, functional dyspepsia, functional constipation)

Gulf War Syndrome: Infectious Diseases

Brucellosis, DC 6316

Campylobacter jejuni, DC 6630

Coxiella burnetii (Q fever), DC 6331

Malaria, DC 6304 (must be manifest to 10% within 1 year or the incubation period must have clearly begun while in service)

Tuberculosis (no time limit for manifestation)

Nontyphoid salmonella, DC 6333

Shigella, DC 6334

Visceral leishmaniasis, DC 6301 (no time limit for manifestation)

West Nile Virus, DC 6335

Gulf War Syndrome Presumptive List


Arthritis, DC 5002

Infections of the Cardiovascular, Nervous, or Respiratory systems

Chronic meningitis and meningoencephalitis, DC 8019 or 8000

Deafness, DC 6100

Demyelinating meningovascular syndromes, DC 8014

Episcleritis, DC 6017

Fatigue, inattention, amnesia, and depression

Guillain-Barre syndrome, DC 8011

Hepatic abnormalities, including granulomatous hepatitis, DC 7345

Multifocal choroiditis, DC 6011

Myelitis-radiculoneuritis, DC 8010

Nummular keratitis, DC 6001

Papilledema, DC 6026

Optic neuritis, DC 6026

Infections of the Genitourinary System

Sensorineural hearing loss, DC 6100

Spondylitis, DC 5240

Uveitis, DC 6000


Guillain-Barre syndrome, DC 8011 (must manifest within 2 months of the infection)

Reactive Arthritis, DC 5002 (must manifest within 3 months of the infection)

Uveitis, DC 6000 (must manifest within 1 month of the infection)

Q Fever

Chronic hepatitis, DC 7345

Endocarditis, DC 7001

Osteomyelitis, DC 5000

Chronic fatigue syndrome, DC 6354

Vascular infection


Demyelinating polyneuropathy (DC depends on the nerves affected)

Guillain-Barre syndrome, DC 8011

Hematologic manifestations (anemia, DCs 7714-7723, after falciparum malaria, or splenic rupture, DC 7707, after vivax malaria)

Immune-complex glomerulonephritis, DC 7536

Neurologic disease

Neuropsychiatric disease

Retinal hemorrhage and scarring, DC 6011

Renal disease


Active tuberculosis

Tissue damage from pulmonary and active tuberculosis (rated on the damaged tissue)

Nontyphoid Salmonella

Reactive arthritis, DC 5002 (must manifest within 3 months of infection)

Black Fever (Leishmaniasis)

Dermal leishmaniasis, DC 7807 or 7808 (must manifest within 2 years of infection)

Reactivation of visceral leishmaniasis, DC 6301

West Nile VIrus

Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain)

Meningitis (inflammation of the brain lining and spinal cord)

Meningoencephalitis (inflammation of the brain and membrane)


Musculoskeletal Conditions

Mental Health Conditions