If a veteran is sick, who pays for his care and is he eligible for disability income?

Comprehensive medical care is available at no cost to the veteran through the VA for Persian Gulf veterans with medical problems thought to be possibly related to a hazardous exposure during their service in the Gulf War. Care may not be available, however, or may require co-payment by the veteran, if the illness is determined to be clearly unrelated to their Persian Gulf service.


If an illness or injury associated with service in the Persian Gulf results in a persistent disability, the veteran may be eligible for disability compensation from the VA. New legislation also authorizes disability compensation for Persian Gulf veterans with chronic, undiagnosed illnesses resulting in a permanent disability that developed after they left the Persian Gulf. VA published regulations April 29, 1997, to expand eligibility for compensation for Persian Gulf War veterans with undiagnosed illnesses to replace a previous two-year limitation, extending through Dec. 31, 2001, the period in which Gulf War veterans' undiagnosed illnesses may become manifest in order to be presumed related to their service.