VA seeks to make getting benefits easier for vets



Such status had been given to veterans from earlier eras with certain diseases, but this is the first time veterans from the recent conflicts qualified.

"We recognize the frustrations that many Gulf War and Afghanistan veterans and their families experience on a daily basis as they look for answers to health questions and seek benefits from VA," Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said in a statement.

Shinseki made the decision after a recommendation by the agency's Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Task Force.

The seven other diseases are brucellosis, campylobacter jejuni, coxiella burnetii, mycobacterium tuberculosis, nontyphoid salmonella, shigella and visceral leishmaniasis.


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