By Andy GERO
Gulf War Veterans
After 25 years Gulf War veterans continue to have detrimental health problems including unexplained chronic conditions such as fatigue, headaches, joint pains, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders and memory problems.
There are illnesses eligible for VA compensation.
• Chronic fatigue – “A condition of long-term and severe fatigue not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions.”
• Fibromyalgia – widespread muscle pain. Other symptoms may include insomnia, morning stiffness, headaches and memory loss.
• Functional gastrointestinal disorders – Examples include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional dyspepsia (indigestion) and functional abdominal pain syndrome.
• Undiagnosed illnesses – Symptoms may include but are not limited to abnormal weight loss, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain, headaches, menstrual disorders, neurological and psychological problems, skin conditions, respiratory disorders and sleep disturbances.
Dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.
How to Sign Up for the Gulf War Registry
Visit www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/benefits/registry-exam.asp and click on “Contact your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator.”
Andy Gero is a life member of the American Legion Post 288 and the VFW Post 1614. He may be reached through the CV Weekly at (818) 248-2740, or write Crescenta Valley Weekly at 3800 La Crescenta Ave., Suite 101, La Crescenta, CA 91214.