Gulf War Syndrome Veterans’ Disability Claims
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website refers to Gulf War Syndrome (aka Gulf War Illness) as "Medically Unexplained Chronic Multisymptom Illnesses." They further the description as "A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems."
Out of the nearly 700,000 veterans that served during the first Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield), approximately one quarter of them have reported suffering from the symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome. Exposure to toxic chemicals is believed to be the primary cause of Gulf War Syndrome, but additional causes have been investigated including exposure to biological weapons, infectious diseases, pesticides, other chemical agents, and nerve gas antidote pills.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will pay disability compensation and health care benefits to veterans suffering from injuries or diseases that began in or were aggravated by their military service.
However, each veteran must prove that he or she is suffering from Gulf War Syndrome, including providing medical evidence such as doctor and hospital reports.
At the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd., we are experienced disability claims attorneys. Harold W. Conick has been accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to represent veterans in their disability claims, and he is a member of the National Association of Veterans’ Advocates. We understand what the VA is looking for when evaluating claims, and are here to be your tough advocates regardless of the level of your appeal.
We also realize that this is a difficult time, and are here to answer your questions. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.