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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