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Gulf War Illness: A Continued Struggle to Prove

By July 20, 2017 VA Disability

Veterans who claim Gulf War Illness are three times less likely than other veterans to have their disability claims approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Government Accountability Office said some of the reasons for the denials include VA staff who don’t understand the disease well and veterans who file for benefits without the proper medical records to support their claims.

Veterans who served in the Gulf War are at increased risk for gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, joint pain, and neurological disorders.

The VA said that its compensation and pension examiners will be required to take a 90 minute course on Gulf War Illness and make necessary changes to the notification process when veteran claims are denied by August.