Bacteria in the wrong place can grow and cause a lot of problems for veterans. Bacterial lung infections are listed as service-connected conditions in the VASRD.
Pneumoconiosis is caused by breathing materials like Persian Gulf sand into your lungs and causes permanent damage. The VA gives ratings to veterans for this condition.
Whether caused by asbestos, burn pits, or something unknown, pulmonary fibrosis can severely affect the quality of life for a veteran at any age.
While this is a rare sub-category of interstitial lung disease, you want to make sure you get VA disability for it if you were exposed to Agent Orange.
Many respiratory cancers qualify for VA disability because of Agent Orange.
Gout is a form of arthritis that can cause terrible pain. It is often a secondary-service connection or direct service-connection.