Higher Rate of Illnesss in Gulf War Veterans

A 10-year health data study of Gulf War Veterans reveals that there is a higher rate of health-related problems for this group of veterans than among veterans who did not deploy to the Persian Gulf in 1990-1991.

The report confirms higher rates of new onset diseases such as arthritis, hypertension and heart disease, and higher rates of unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses , including chronic fatigue syndrome and post traumatic stress disorder.

Researchers evaluated health data from participating veterans in 1995 and again in 2005. Their goals were to determine if the health of Gulf War veterans changed over time; and how their health compared with other Gulf War-era veterans.  The data confirms that the health of Gulf War veterans is getting worse.

The veterans advocates at Alpha stand ready to help those impacted to apply for and receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  

The latest update, Longitudinal Health Study of US 1991 Gulf War Veterans; Changes in Health Status at 10-Year Follow-Up, as well as a series of publications written by the researchers in the study, is posted to the VA Web site.

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