Gulf War Syndrome Treatment Research

More than 20 years after Operation Desert Storm, at least 175,000 U.S. military veterans claim a broad range of mysterious symptoms known as Gulf War Syndrome. Gulf War Syndrome is the term for illnesses reported by many troops returning from the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War. Over time, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has acknowledged Gulf War illnesses with disability benefits.

A UC San Diego medical researcher believes the root of the problem is troops’ exposure to particular chemicals in the Gulf region.  The doctor has done research partially funded by the …

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Email Alert – 30 Jun 2014: Former P&G Chief to be Obama’s Nominee to Lead the VA

President Obama on Monday will nominate Bob McDonald, a West Point graduate who served as chief executive of Procter & Gamble, to take over as head of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, according to White House officials.

Read more at: http://tinyurl.com/k5hwy43

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Email Alert – 28 MAY 2014: National Service Officers More Important Than Ever

Filing a disability claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs has always been easier and more efficient with the help of a National Service Officer of a Veterans Service Organization (VSO).   But seeking such help may be more important now than ever before  with the Veterans Administration’s Fully Developed Claims (FDC) program, according to Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  An FDC still  requires the completion of several forms and the compilation of records and medical opinions.  Accordingly, the VA is rightfully recommending that every claimant work with a …

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Email Alert – 22 MAY 2014: High Value of Veteran Service Organization Assistance in Seeking VA Disability

After nearly a three-year struggle, a National Service Officer of a Veterans Service Organization (VSO) helps a combat veteran receive deserved full benefits.

A key factor was receiving help from a VSO National Service Officer when things bogged down in the challenging Veterans Administration disability application process.

Read the article on pages 5 and 6:  https://www.dav.org/wp-content/uploads/magazine_201403.pdf

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Email Alert – 15 MAY 2014: Vets Share Phoenix VA Experiences at American Legion Meeting

About 200 veterans and family members attended a May 13 American Legion System Worth Saving (SWS) town hall meeting at Legion Post 41 in Phoenix that focused on problems at the local Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center.

 

Read more at: http://www.legion.org/veteranshealthcare/222304/veterans-share-personal-experiences-phoenix-va

 

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Email Alert – 4 APR 2014: Outrage as V.A. hides names of hospitals where vets died from delays

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) blocked the release of the names of hospitals where 19 veterans died because of delays in medical screenings, leading to calls for transparency from news outlets and a bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers.

Earlier this month, the VA denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Tampa Tribune reporter Howard Altman, who had been investigating the deaths.

CNN reported in January that 19 veterans died as a result of delayed gastrointestinal cancer screenings, while another 63 were seriously injured. CNN obtained internal documents from the …

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