Monday, November 17, 2008

Gulf War Syndrome is Real


It's about damn time the US government officially recognizes Gulf War Syndrome.

An extensive federal report released Monday concludes that roughly one in four of the 697,000 U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War suffer from Gulf War illness.

That illness is a condition now identified as the likely consequence of exposure to toxic chemicals, including pesticides and a drug administered to protect troops against nerve gas.

The 452-page report states that "scientific evidence leaves no question that Gulf War illness is a real condition with real causes and serious consequences for affected veterans."

Wow. 25% of our troops who served in the desert during the Gulf War are suffering from some from of Gulf War Syndrome. I know a few, and there's no way in HELL their illnesses could caused from anything other than some sort of chemical weapon. And did you know that 2/3rds of all children born to Gulf War vets since the war have been born with birth defects, ranging from minor to life-threatening? I knew there were many incidents, but because the government has been reluctant to recognize Gulf War Syndrome, no one really knows for sure how many children have been affected. That article is the first time I've seen a real number attached to problem.

25% of our troops have GWS... and 67% of our Gulf War veteran's children have birth defects. Staggering numbers.

I wonder how many of our Gulf War vets and their families will now be able to claim war-related injures and finally get the compensation and care they deserve. It's bittersweet for sure, but I still say it's about damn time.


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