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Asthma and VA Disability Ratings

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition in which the airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. Asthma signs and symptoms include:

· Shortness of breath

· Chest tightness and pain

· Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing

· A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling

· Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by a respiratory virsu

How to Get VA Disability Rating?

If your asthma is diagnosed within one year of discharge from serving in the Persian Gulf or other parts of the Soutwest Asia theater, you might be able to get a presumptive rating. The claim has to be filed by December 31, 2021 for it to be listed as presumptive and have a 10% or higher rating.

If you do not qualify for a presumptive rating then you must demonstrate: (1) a current diagnosis of asthma; (2) an in-service event, injury, or illness; and (3) a medical link between the current diagnosis and in-service event.


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