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Gulf War Veterans’ Medically Unexplained Illnesses

The VA refers to Gulf War Syndrome as Gulf War Veterans’ Medically Unexplained Illnesses.

“Gulf War Veterans’ Medically Unexplained Illnesses” Which effects all those who have served in the Persian Gulf from 1990 till 2016.

Major military operations are; Operation’s Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Provide Comfort 1 and 2, Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and certain areas of support for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Here are excerpts from the VA web site on Gulf War Veterans’ Medically Unexplained Illnesses.

“Prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems.”

“VA refers to these illnesses as “chronic multi symptom illness” and “undiagnosed illnesses.” We prefer not to use the term “Gulf War Syndrome” when referring to medically unexplained symptoms reported by Gulf War Veterans. Why? Because symptoms vary widely”.

“VA presumes certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for 6 months or more are related to Gulf War service without regard to cause. These “presumptive” illnesses must have appeared during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations or by December 31, 2016″,

“For VA benefit purposes, Gulf War service is active military duty in any of the following areas in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations at any time during the first Gulf War starting August 2, 1990 through the Iraq War. This includes Veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2010) and Operation New Dawn (2010-2011)”.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis-Lou Gherig’s Disease is Veterans Affairs recognized and connected to Gulf War Veterans’ Medically Unexplained Illnesses.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis-Lou Gherig’s Disease already listed under diseases associated with Gulf War Syndrome.

http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=666

http://www.research.va.gov/news/research_highlights/als-092603.cfm#.UhgRA1oo5aQ

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/medically-unexplained-illness.asp#ALS

 

Parkinson Disease website’s associating Gulf War Syndrome as a cause of Parkinson’s Disease but not Veteran Affairs recognized.

http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/MilitaryMedicine/8671

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-douglas-fields/new-suspect-in-gulf-war-s_b_483875.html

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2009/09/19/parkinson-s-disease-and-gulf-war-90-91-veterans/

 

Multiple Sclerosis website’s associating Gulf War Syndrome as a cause of MS but not Veteran Affairs recognized.

http://www.va.gov/gulfwaradvisorycommittee/docs/MS_Haselkorn.pdf

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/06/14/gulf-war-illness-study/2417677/

http://www.lef.org/protocols/health_concerns/gulf_war_syndrome_01.htm

http://www.georgetown.edu/news/physical-evidence-of-gulf-war-illness.html

 

This article presented to us by:

Shawn W. Wilbur
Service Officer
VFW Post 2280
Bellevue Nebraska

Blinded Veterans Association
Nebraska Regional Group