As long as the veteran (1) served in a qualifying area of Southwest Asia during the qualifying dates; (2) has a qualifying chronic disability; and (3) this qualifying disability has manifest during a presumptive period, then the veteran qualifies for presumptive service connection for this disability.
The qualifying areas for this presumption are Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, any neutral zone between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Afghanistan, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and the airspace above these locations. The qualifying dates are August 2, 1990, to the present. It is important to note that this list of qualifying areas does not include some countries where veterans were also exposed to toxins, such as Turkey. This does not mean that veterans who only served in Turkey are ineligible for disability compensation benefits, it simply means that they are not entitled to “Presumptive Service Connection” and therefore they have the additional hurdle of showing an actual in-service event that caused their disability.