Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may be suffering from the 20-year-old set of symptoms known as Gulf War Illness, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Federal Institute of Medicine.
“Preliminary data suggest that (chronic multisymptom illness) is occurring in veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as well,” the report says.
This may be the first time that the symptoms suffered by veterans of the 1991 Gulf War have been linked to veterans of the current wars, which started in 2001 and 2003, said Paul Rieckhoff, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
It also means the Department of Veterans Affairs’ definition of who qualifies for Gulf War veterans’ benefits should include those who served in Afghanistan, said Paul Sullivan, a 1991 Gulf War veteran and founder of Veterans for Common Sense.
Do You or a Loved One have Gulf War Illness Symptoms?
This report suggests that you could be suffering from Gulf War Syndrome even if you served later than the 1991 Gulf War. You can learn more here about Gulf War Illness symptoms as well as VA benefits for vets with Gulf War Syndrome. If you have questions or need assistance, also please feel free to contact our advocates for veterans.