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There are 5 comments on 30 Years after Gulf War, Veterans Still Battle Health Issues Caused by Toxic Wounds

  1. As a Gulf War veteran I find this all academically interesting but not as useful as a treatment for my memory loss that would give me back the last 30yrs of memories, life events and comparatively good health. Nor does it pay my bills or offer me alternative health care to the VA which I’m grateful for but often skeptical of due to numerous mistakes in diagnosis and treatment of all of my early onset conditions.
    At this point in time, the VA has acknowledged no linkage and therefore no culpability between my service in the war and my memory loss. I also have what I guess you’d call late onset epilepsy which didn’t manifest until around 2010 that they say is unrelated.
    In short, thank you for the information, truly, but if it can’t be used to either apply pressure to the government to expand benefits to veterans and/or be used to improve things for the next generation of walking wounded, my interest remains academic.

  2. I wish to echo the sentiments made by Mr. Tim Wilson above, and add that it would be nice if the VA would actually do something more than pay lip-service to this condition. As someone who suffers from every major symptom of GWS in varying degrees (mostly severe) I had the additional trauma of a 10-year fight with the VA to get benefits. I almost didn’t survive their deny until they die policy and I have to wonder how many others didn’t make it. Even now that I’m able to at least pay my bills I’m still faced with medical staff that is clueless about the overall condition and at best they attempt to slap bandaids on symptoms if I complain loud enough. The entire experience has left me very bitter and if this is the thanks of a grateful nation I find it rather wanting. I used to be proud of my service, but now I just regret it, and my advice to anyone considering joining is – Don’t!

    1. I feel the exact same way. To the commenter above your epilepsy is related. We all have organophosphates and other toxic damage to our nervous and immune systems. It’s all connected and can turn genetic pre disposition into direct and medically unexplained versions of known disease etiology

  3. Hopefully our VA Secrretary makes some major moves towards helping the Vets that have been impacted by this. 30 years of delay and deny until they die needs to change. This can’t be like Agent Orange, where it took 50 years to address. It needs to be addressed ASAP

  4. I agree with all of the above statements.

    I am a Persian Gulf War Vet. My unit was exposed to toxic sarin gas and my unit is listed on the Hazard Exposure List.

    I am 56 years old. I have NOT been able to work since I turned 50. I have arthritis all throughout my body. VA denied benefits. I have a spinal cord injury I never knew I had for 34 years. I am getting compensation for that.

    I have been diagnosed with asthma, sleep apnea, insomnia, excema, kidney disease, and now also prediabetes. What is next?

    I have some more testing to go through and then I will submit some claims and see what happens. Currently, I am being compensated for the asthma and for the spinal cord injury.

    My quality of life has suffered greatly because of my health. I’m too young for all this.
    I have been denied benefits from the VA.

    It shouldn’t be a fight to get the compensation that is owed to us. We did our jobs and now it’s time for the VA to do their job for us.
    The “motto” deny until they die has just got to be stopped.
    We put our lives on the line and now our health is a battle.
    I’m sure I am speaking for many veterans…….Even at a 100% rating of $3,332 per month isn’t enough to give us back our lives and our health.
    Many of us don’t look wounded, but we are wounded just the same.
    Congress has to do a better job for the veterans. Again, we did our job, now it’s time to do yours.

    Michelle A. Mauck
    Persian Gulf War

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