Post deployment illness Gulf War

The ground war lasted four days and resulted in 147 battlefield deaths, but almost 199,000 of the 698,000 people who were deployed have since qualified for some degree of service-related disability. Of those, 13,317 people are disabled by "undiagnosed conditions"; Medically Unexplained Symptoms; Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS) or Unexplained Symptoms

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Infections from the Gulf War Forgotten

The VA -Advisory Committee on Gulf War veterans fails to address this problem because less than 10% effected. What if you or a love one is a vet who returned with this infection you would want a program in place to address this illness.

Why hasn't the VA-Research Advisory Committee on GWI not made a recommendation on infectious diseases from the Middle East in the last two years ?

The nine diseases examined were bacterial diarrhea caused by campylobacter, salmonella or shigella, brucellosis, leishmaniasis, malaria, Q fever, tuberculosis and West Nile fever.

"For Gulf War veterans, we know that a number had these kinds of diseases," Dr. Kilpatrick said. "The numbers are very small, fortunately. For today's deployments, the numbers continue to be very small. These diseases can have long-term negative health effects, but if diagnosed early they can easily be treated.

We have been unable to find the NGWRC or Gulf War Representives of American Legion, DAV or VFW speak up on this issue in the last year. Did the forget ?
We must contact the VA headquarters. Did the Clinic Doctors and other Medical Staff get this inform when the VA-Office of Education has failed to address this subject since 2003.



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