Particulate Matter added to Presumptive Conditions List

New conditions opens up new avenues for Veteran's seeking to increase their overall disability rating.

On August 5, 2021 , presumptive conditions were extended to include expose to Particulate Matter.

Particulate Matter is a term for the mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air (EPA) such as dust, dirt, soot, and smoke. Particulate Matter has been known to cause damage to the lungs and bloodstream when inhaled.

According to VA regulations, presumptive service connection may be established for the following CHRONIC respiratory health conditions:

  • Asthma 
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis (including Rhinosinusitis)

VA regulation states that in order to establish presumptive service connection for particulate matter exposure, evidence must show:

Qualifying Service: active military, naval or air service in one or more of the following locations:

  • Southwest Asia theater of operations: Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia (including the neutral zone between Iraq and Saudi Arabia), Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and the airspace over these locations – Dates of service from August 2, 1990 – Present 
  • Afghanistan, Djibouti, Syria, or Uzbekistan – Dates of service from September 19, 2001 – Present

Manifestation of the qualifying Chronic Disability(ies) within the presumptive period: Qualifying chronic disability(ies) must have manifested within 10 years of the Veteran’s separation from a period of active-duty.