Gulf War Illnesses presumptive period extended

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Nearly 150 American military personnel lost their lives, and more than 450 more were wounded in response to Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait. But for many veterans of the Persian Gulf War era, another war is still being waged decades after their return. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, more than a quarter of the almost 700,000 American military personnel who deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm have experienced a myriad of medically … Read More

VA Extends Health Care, Compensation for Gulf War Illnesses

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The VA has extended presumptive service-connection for Gulf War veterans suffering from undiagnosed and medically unexplained chronic multi-system illnesses to Dec. 31, 2016. The claims filing period had been set to expire at the end of 2012. “This is a sound decision by the VA because researchers are still baffled by the extensive illnesses suffered by veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War,” said Washington Headquarters Executive Director Barry Jesinoski. “It’s crucial that the VA continues to provide service-connected health care … Read More

Third Study of Gulf War Era Vets Underway

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Beginning at the end of May 2012, researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a follow-up study of Gulf War-era veterans to learn how their health has changed over time. The Follow-up Study of a National Cohort of Gulf War and Gulf Era Veterans will ask veterans about health issues that affect them, including chronic medical conditions. It will also ask about their level of physical activity and their use of alcohol and tobacco, as well as about … Read More

Gulf War Vets Sought for Health Research

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Did You Serve in the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War Conflict? Do you live in Southern California? Gulf War Illness researcher Beatrice A. Golomb, MD, PhD, is conducting a research study to examine the effects of exposures on the health of Gulf War veterans from the 1990-1991 conflict. Participation in this study involves: One clinic visit to our office at the University of California, San Diego. Blood draw and urine sample. Questionnaires about your health. Monetary compensation for your time. For … Read More

Application Window Extended for Gulf War Illness Claims

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Veterans from the Gulf War suffering undiagnosed illnesses now have an additional five years to qualify for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The change in VA regulations extends the application deadline to Dec. 31, 2016. Congress set the original deadline of Dec. 31, 2011 in 1994 in response to cases of Gulf War illness which still lack a clearly defined diagnosis. This extension allows veterans of the Gulf War and the Iraq War to remain eligible for disability … Read More

Comments Sought on Draft Gulf War Illness Report

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The Department of Veterans Affairs wants Gulf War veterans to offer feedback on a draft report that outlines changes the department has adopted in delivering health care services to those veterans. A special Gulf War Veterans’ Illness Task Force produced the report that outlines how the VA addresses the concerns of veterans deployed to the Persian Gulf region in 1990 and 1991. “To ensure we are tracking the needs of our Veterans, we want to get feedback from Gulf War … Read More

PTSD and Gulf War Fibromyalgia Clinical Study

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Targeted Medical Pharma (www.tmedpharma.com) is enrolling 250 veterans for a clinical trial to further establish the effectiveness of a safe medication regimen to treat the symptoms associated with military related post-traumatic stress disorder and Gulf War Illness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCF-cJg5wDg). Targeted Medical Pharma was awarded a research grant for this study from the IRS¹ Therapeutic Discovery program for new innovative and safe therapies. This trial has received IRB approval and is primarily web-based. There are no office visits, medication is delivered to … Read More

Nine Diseases Linked to Service in Southwest Asia, Gulf War

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September 30, 2010 The VA has published final regulations that list nine infectious diseases to conditions that are presumed to be linked to service in Southwest Asia, including Iraq, Afghanistan and the first Gulf War, for veterans submitting claims for health care and disability compensation. These regulations, effective Sept. 29, affect veterans who served in the Southwest Asia Theater of operation, beginning with the Gulf War on Aug. 2, 1990, through the current war and those who served on or … Read More

Honoring Persian Gulf War Veterans

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Arthur H. Wilson, National Adjutant August 31, 2010 Last month we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Persian Gulf War. On August 2, 1990, Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait. By August 7, Operation Desert Shield was launched. Hundreds of thousands of Americans flooded into the region to keep Saddam Hussein’s military at bay. In so many ways, this war has left an indelible mark on our community of veterans. It was a major deployment that was covered extensively on television. The … Read More

Helping Gulf War Veterans

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March 1, 2010 The Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans recently concluded more than a year of exhaustive research, producing a comprehensive set of recommendations to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki titled, “Changing the Culture: Placing Care Before Process.” Six health care and benefits themes were addressed in detail. They were health care priority, access to care, undiagnosed illnesses, classification of Gulf War I records, outreach and timeliness. The committee, includes active duty and retired servicemembers, veterans of … Read More