October 19, 2017 By Mike Richman Veterans Affairs Research Communications (Source: VA.gov) "Mitochondrial dysfunction among Veterans with GWI may help explain, in part, the persistence of this illness for over 25 years." Researchers say they have found the “first direct biological evidence” of damage in Veterans with Gulf War illness to DNA within cellular structures … [Read more...] about Researchers find evidence of DNA damage in Vets with Gulf War illness
Gulf War Illness
Approval rates for GWI claims were about three times lower than for all other claimed disabilities. Several factors may contribute to lower approval rates, including that—according to VA—GWI claims are not always well understood by VA staff and veterans sometimes file for benefits without medical records to adequately support their claim. Sourced through Scoop.it from: … [Read more...] about Gulf War Illness: Improvements Needed for VA to Better Understand, Process, and Communicate Decisions on Claims
A key federal official who helps adjudicate claims by veterans who say they were exposed to Agent Orange has downplayed the risks of the chemical herbicide and questioned the findings of scientists, journalists and even a federal administrative tribunal that conflict with his views.Jim Sampsel, a lead analyst within the Department of Veterans Affairs’ compensation … [Read more...] about Veterans Affairs Official Downplays Agent Orange Risks, Questions Critics
The Minneapolis VA is leading research to solve the mystery of Gulf War Illness, a cluster of unexplained symptoms reported by 25 to 65 percent of the 700,000 soldiers deployed to the Gulf in 1990 and 1991.Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.startribune.com … [Read more...] about Still sick 25 years after the Gulf War, a vet seeks answers — and the Minneapolis VA may have them.
Gulf War Veterans Veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable who served in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations, which includes the areas specified in 38 CFR 3.317(e)(2), or in Afghanistan on or after September 19, 2001, may be entitled to disability compensation for certain diagnosed and undiagnosed disorders or for certain presumptive … [Read more...] about Is an OIF Vet also a Gulf War Vet?