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What is Gulf War Syndrome?

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Gulf War Syndrome is a chronic condition affecting those who served in the military while assigned to Southwest Asia. This service includes the Gulf War (1990-1991), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2010) and Operation New Dawn (2010-2011).

Symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome can include a wide range of medical issues — fatigue, memory problems, pain, rashes, and even tumors, to name just a few examples. Many causes are often blamed for the condition, from sarin gas to stress to exposure to smoke and pesticides. However, the exact cause of the problems still has not been reliably proven, even after numerous studies.

A recent report by the Department of Veterans Affairs stated that anywhere from twenty-five percent to thirty-three percent of Gulf War military personnel suffer from this syndrome. In fact, veterans of this war suffer a greater number of multi-symptom illnesses, overall, than veterans of other wars.

Gulf War Veterans are generally eligible for special benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, such as health care and disability compensation, for any problems related to their service. If you’re suffering from GWS, help is available! The Institute of Medicine concluded that serotonin inhibitors along with cognitive therapy are the most beneficial treatments to ease many symptoms. Even so, a fuller understanding of Gulf War Syndrome is still needed.

If you’re a Gulf War Veteran, and you need legal representation to get the full benefits that you’re due, please contact us as soon as possible. We represent veterans’ interests in all states, and we can help you get what you’re entitled to receive as a military veteran.

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