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American military veterans may have a legal right to claim compensation for IBS depending on the severity of their symptoms. Service-related triggers increase the odds that patients will face symptoms of IBS during and after they leave the military.

Even if symptoms show up months or years after their service ends, veterans can seek disability compensation.

As many as one-third of women in the Armed Forces are believed to have some form of IBS. The issue affects fewer men, but male veterans have a higher rate of IBS than the general U.S population.

The VA rates IBS at 30 percent, 10 percent, and 0 percent disabling, depending on the effects of the symptoms on your everyday life, including work and leisure activities.

A maximum 30 percent disability rating requires severe diarrhea or alternating diarrhea and constipation, with chronic and constant abdominal distress. For a 30 percent rating, the IBS must substantially impact your everyday life.

Learn more about getting an IBS diagnosis.

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