Gulf War Syndrome
Between 1990 and 1991, the United States was involved in the Gulf War, code named Operation Desert Storm. Although a number of countries were involved in the Gulf War, the U.S sent in approximately 650,000 soldiers.
After the war ended, many returning servicemembers began reporting illnesses following their return from action overseas. The phenomenon eventually became known as Gulf War Illness or Gulf War Syndrome. It is estimated that 250,000 veterans who served in the 1991 war suffer from an illness that causes an array of acute and chronic symptoms.
The illnesses associated with Gulf War Syndrome have been linked back to some of the environmental and chemical hazards service members were exposed to in the Gulf.
If you or someone you love was denied disability benefits for their Gulf War illness, Vets National Advocates is here to help.
Symptoms of Gulf War Illness
A number of infectious diseases are related to military service during the Gulf War, including malaria, Campylobacter Jejuni, Brucellosis and Shigella.
Gulf War syndrome may also be identified through several symptoms and conditions, including:
- Memory problems
- Neurological problems
- Muscle and joint pain
- Skin conditions
- Respiratory problems
- Gastrointestinal disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia and functional abdominal pain syndrome)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Additionally, chronic multi-symptom illness is linked to Gulf War syndrome; this condition causes long-term, severe fatigue that is not alleviated by rest.
Causes of Gulf War Syndrome
There is no direct cause of Gulf War syndrome, however, the many hazards veterans were exposed to during operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield are likely the cause of this illness.
Some hazards Gulf War veterans were exposed to include:
- Vaccinations (anthrax and botulinum toxoid)
- Sand and dust particles
- Depleted uranium
- Chemical and biological weapons
- Chemical agent resistant coating paint
- Pyridostigmine bromide
The VA offers a free Gulf War Registry health exam for anyone who believes they may have been exposed to these dangers and could have suffered a long-term health problem.
Contact Vets National Advocates
According to the VA, certain chronic, unexplained symptoms experienced by a veteran for six months or more may be related to their service in the Gulf War. If you or a loved one is seeking disability compensation after serving the Gulf War, we are your advocates.
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