Two decades after the Gulf War that left many Veterans with illnesses, the Veterans Affairs Department says it will finally take a look at those illnesses to see if they were related to the conflict.
The long-overdue decision comes far too late for many veterans who have died from a rash of illnesses but many others suffer from a variety of health problems, including sleep disorders, back pain and gastrointestinal problems.
Some medical experts say the problems stem from drugs given to soldiers to “protect” them from nerve agetns.
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki admits his department had done little to help veterans of the Gulf War and says he hopes veterans will “be enthused” by his decision to take a second look at the issue.
After his appointment, Shinseki said publicly he was disturbed by the VA’s failure to deal with the issue.
“It’s past time to do so,” he said.
“Gulf war veterans have been fighting this issue since 1991-92,” Robert said. “They are very, very upset that they’ve had to fight this battle.”
- VA to reopen Gulf War vets’ files (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Gulf War Syndrome: VA Reopens Cases Involving Veteran Illness (huffingtonpost.com)
- VA to reopen Gulf War vets’ files (msnbc.msn.com)