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Q32:  My question: I have a service connected disability for IBS with a rating at 0%.  It is now a presumptive disability for those who served in the Gulf War.  So, will the VA automatically give me a disability percentage on my IBS service connected disability like it was done for fibromyalgia?  

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A1:  Unfortunately, the VA does not automatically award disability percentages. You must file a claim in order to receive compensation.   This is what happened to thousands of Vietnam veterans after the Nehmer decision.  (AP)  3/2/18


A2:  If the VA has rated it at 0%, it is service connected. If it has gotten worse and you can prove it medically then you can go for an increase.  (TC)  3/3/18