VA presumes service connection for certain diseases even though they were not present during military service. Some of these diseases in which presumptive service connection may be granted include hypertension, arthritis, diabetes mellitus, and peptic ulcers. A complete list of diseases is in Title 38, Code of Federal Regulation, 3.309(a).
The post-service disease must be at a compensable degree (i.e., 10% or more disabling) within one year after the date of separation from service, with certain exceptions. The regulation that governs eligible service dates for diseases that occur within one year after separation from service is in Title 38, Code of Federal Regulation, 3.307(a)(2) and (a)(3).
Exception: The requirement that the disease must have appeared within one year of separation from service does not apply to the following:
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Last updated January 19, 2018