Oversight Hearing On Research and Treatment For Gulf War Illnesses
COMMITTEE ON VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
UNITED STATES SENATE
one hundred tenth congress
September 25, 2007
VA presumes certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for 6 months or more are related to Gulf War service without regard to cause. These “presumptive” illnesses must have appeared during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations or by December 31, 2021, and be at least 10 percent disabling. These illnesses include:
Full Article: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/medically-unexplained-illness.asp
Take Away: If you or a Veteran you know has been denied compensation for one of the above symptoms and were active duty in the Southwest Asia area of operations; you should contact your local Veterans Service Officer (VSO), Local DAV, VFW, or another office that can assist you with re-submitting your claim based on new evidence (if time has lapsed), or appealing their decision.
The final draft of the National Defense Authorization Act would give the Pentagon authority to decide when unapproved drugs and devices (called somewhat vaguely “agents of war” in the proposed legislation), could be used on military personnel in an emergency. Historical experience suggests that this is a very bad idea that would create both medical and morale problems for the military and obscure the difference between medical intervention and experimentation.
This proposal should be dropped from the legislation.
Full Article: November 2017: Congress: Drop Sec. 716 — FDA Exemption — From NDAA
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