Helping with Gulf War Syndrome
In 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait. In response, 35 nations, lead by the US formed a coalition and mounted a response known as Operation Desert Storm. While other nations sent in troops the US lead the charge and provided over 690,000 soldiers to battle the Iraqi forces.
After the war, many returning service members began reporting fatigue, muscle pain, cognitive issues, and other symptoms and illnesses. Eventually taking on the name Gulf War Syndrome, this chronic and multi-symptomatic disorder is estimated to affect 250,000 veterans who served during the conflict.
The illnesses associated with Gulf War Syndrome have not been linked to any specific cause, but it is believed that many environmental and chemical hazards that service members were exposed to may be the cause.
If you or a service member in your life are experiencing the symptoms associated with Gulf War Syndrome and have been denied the benefits, Protecting Vets is here to help.
Gulf War Syndrome Issues Veterans may Experience
Symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome
There are a number of symptoms that may present with Gulf War Syndrome. While not all veterans deployed during Operation Desert Storm experience these, if you or a veteran you know have, they should look into the benefits set aside to help them.
- Headaches (including Migraines)
- Memory Issues
- Neurological Problems
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Gastrointestinal Issues
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Skin Conditions
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Muscle Pain
- Joint Pain
- Respiratory Issues
Additional symptoms may be associated with Gulf War Syndrome including multi-symptom illnesses.
Gulf War Syndrome Causes
There has been no direct cause linked to Gulf War Syndrome, however, veterans were exposed to many hazards during their time in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Some of the indicated causes include:
- Pretreatment Protections against Nerve Agents
- Depleted Uranium
- Oil Well Fires and their Smoke
- Sand and Dust Particles
- Chemical Weapons
- Biological Weapons
- Chemical Agent Resistant Paints
- Sarin Nerve Agent
- Combat Stress
The VA offers a free Gulf War Registry health exam for anyone who may have been exposed during their deployment. If you believe some of your long-term health problems may be related to The Gulf War then we recommend you have the exam as soon as possible.
Denied Benefits from the VA?
Did the VA deny you the benefits you are entitled to? If so you must file your appeal as quickly as possible. There is a limited time to submit the required evidence and the VA is strict timelines and requirements they adhere to.
Are you one of the thousands of Veteran’s Claims that have been denied by the VA? Have you received a decision that is lower than you expected? As a Veteran who has served your country, YOU should receive Disability Benefits.
If you were injured and haven’t received the VA benefits you deserve, please call Chad Barr Law today at (407) 599-9036 and discuss your case with an experienced Orlando Veterans Benefits Attorney, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.