Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses: VA, DOD Continue to Resist Strong Evidence Linking Toxic Causes to Chronic Health Effects

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The Subcommittee on Human Resources of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight investigated the health and well-being of Gulf War veterans to ensure they were being diagnosed accurately, treated effectively, and compensated fairly for service-related disabilities. The report found that both the Veterans Administration(VA) and the Department of Defense(DOD) were negligent in treating Gulf War veterans and did not listen to their concerns, instead relying on PTSD diagnoses to explain their symptoms. The subcommittee recommended that the VA and the DOD contract an independent scientific body to identify diseases plaguing Gulf War veterans and refine the diagnostic requirements for PTSD to ensure physiological causes of illness are not overlooked.
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