< Kootenai County, Idaho


Scott Thorsness
Veteran Services Director
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P: (208) 446-1090
F: (208) 446-1093

Physical Address:
120 E. Railroad Ave
Post Falls, Idaho 83854
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Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Presumptive Conditions for VA Claims

Did you serve in the military on active status for at least 90 days and now suffer from ALS or has someone you know served in the military and died from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)?

Did you serve in Vietnam (boots on ground)?

Did you serve in Korea from 1968-1969 on the DMZ?

*To ensure a fair, consistent and accurate review of disability ratings for medically separated Wounded Warriors, there is now the PHYSICAL DISABILITY BOARD OF REVIEW (PDBR). Please click here for details of the program.

Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions

Service Connected Disability Claims

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Respiratory Cancer (cancers of the lung, bronchus, larynx, or trachea)
  • Chronic Lymphocytic leukemia
  • AL amyloidosis
  • Hodgkins' Disease
  • Chloracne
  • Multiple Meyeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (see list of associated terms below)
  • Acute and Subacute Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Porphtria Cutanea Tarda
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas (see list below)
  • Diabetes Type II
  • Ischemic Heart Disease (Coronary Artery Disease)
  • Hairy Cell Leukemia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Disabilities in the children of a herbicide exposed veteran (see list below)

Types of Soft Tissue Sarcomas

  • Adult Fibrosarcoma
  • Alveolar soft part sarcoma
  • Angiosarcoma
  • Clear cell sarcoma of aponeuroses
  • Clear cell sarcoma of tendons and aponeuroses
  • Congenital fibrosarcoma
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
  • Ectomesenchymoma
  • Epithelioid malignant leiomyosarcoma
  • Epithelioid and glandular malignant schwannomas
  • Epithelioid sarcoma
  • Extraskeletal ewing's sarcoma
  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Infantile fibrosarcoma
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Liposarcoma
  • Lymphangiosarcoma
  • Malignant fibrous histiocytoma
  • Malignant giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath
  • Malignant glandular schwannoma
  • Malignant glomus tumor
  • Malignant hemangiopericytoma
  • Malignant mesenchymoma
  • Malignant ganglioneuroma
  • Malignant granular cell tumor
  • Malignant leiomyoblastoma
  • Malignant synovioma
  • Malignant schwannoma with rhabdomyoblastic differentiation
  • Proliferating (systemic) angiendotheliomatosis
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Synovial sarcoma

Disabilities in the Children of Herbicide Exposed Veterans

Spina Bifida except Spina Bifida Occulta

Certain birth defects in the children of female Vietnam veterans--example:

  • Cleft lip and cleft palate
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Congenital talipes equinovarus (club foot)
  • Esophageal and intestinal atresia
  • Hallerman-Streiff syndrome
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hirschprung's disease (congenital megacolon)
  • Hydrocephalus due to aqueductal stenosis
  • Hypospadias
  • Imperforate anus
  • Neural tube defects (including spina bifida, encephalocele and anencecphaly)
  • Poland syndrome
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Syndactyly (fused digets)
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Undescended testicle
  • Williams syndrome

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Presumptive Condition

Service Connected Disability Claims

The secretary of Veterans Affairs added amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease, to the list of presumptive conditions. Unlike other presumptive conditions, service connection for ALS does not require specific exposure to biohazards or confinement as a prisoner of war.

Service connection for ALS requires at least 90 days of military service, and there is no time limit on onset of the disease. Basically anyone who served in any branch of the service and has a diagnosis of ALS is eligible for medical and compensation benefits from the VA.

Because of this ruling, veterans who have died from ALS have a service-connected death, and there are benefits for eligible dependents. Even if the veteran passed away years ago, the surviving spouse can file a claim for service-connected death. The Kootenai County Veteran Services Office will assist veterans and their families with these claims.


Main County Administration Building
Physical Address: 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814 Mailing Address: PO Box 9000, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816-9000
Main Phone Number: (208) 446-1000 Contact Us
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