Posts Tagged ‘Gulf War Syndrome’

Veteran’s Disability: VA Continues Study Gulf War Syndrome

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Following the end of the Gulf War, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began a long-term study on the progression of health and aging issues among the veterans of this era. Starting with a baseline survey in 1995, the project has grown over the years to include some 15,000 Gulf War veterans and 15,000 veterans active during the 1990-1991 years but stationed elsewhere.

A follow-up survey in 2005 and the latest survey that’s currently heading out to the participants cover a variety of health issues that are of concern for this population of veterans. Chronic and disabling conditions such as cancer, respiratory, neurological and immunological conditions are focused on alongside the general effects of aging. Women’s health is also a main factor studied in the surveys.

The VA is also asking Gulf War veterans in the study about their use of VA health services and their level of satisfaction with the care they receive. Many Gulf War veterans are developing serious disabling conditions such as multi-symptom illness, cancers, chronic fatigue syndrome and many other diseases that have been difficult to manage.

Studies like these seek to improve the care and services available to disabled veterans who seek veterans’ disability benefits through the VA. If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today  1-888-234-5758.

Gulf War Veterans Have 5 More Years to Pursue Disability Benefits

Monday, January 16th, 2012

The window of opportunity was closing for certain Gulf War veterans to qualify for disability benefits, but a recent amendment to the U.S. federal code has extended an important deadline.

Many Gulf War veterans have been diagnosed with multiple, seemingly unrelated diseases sometimes referred to as “Gulf War Syndrome.” These conditions range from diabetes to chronic fatigue and can impair several body systems without an apparent underlying cause. It may also produce multiple disabling symptoms, which cannot be medically explained or connected to a single condition.

The legislation in question, Title 38 CFR 3.317, placed a December 31, 2011 deadline for Gulf War veterans to file and qualify for disability related to an undiagnosed or multi-symptom illness. As the deadline approached, disabled veterans’ advocacy groups and lawmakers lobbied to have the date pushed back.

Veterans of the Persian Gulf War now have until December 31, 2016 to obtain the medical evaluation necessary for their disability rating. With the proper rating, Gulf War veterans can apply for veterans’ disability benefits through the VA.

Unlike many other qualifying conditions for disability, Gulf War veterans who suffer from illnesses that cannot be medically explained or produce multiple unrelated symptoms may qualify for benefits without establishing a connection to their military service.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today 1-888-234-5758.

Diagnosing Gulf War Syndrome Is The First Step In Treatment

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Gulf War Syndrome is a particularly challenging disease for veterans, as it cannot be definitively diagnosed. Essentially, one must rely on a process of elimination of symptoms in order to reach a diagnosis. It’s been 20 years since the Persian Gulf War, and veterans with Gulf War Syndrome are still filing veterans disability claims for this complex disease.

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, a group of researchers in San Diego are working on developing a single definitive diagnostic tool for Gulf War Syndrome. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently diagnoses Gulf War Syndrome based on a series of presumptions depending on veterans’ symptoms. Doctors issue their final Gulf War Syndrome diagnosis by eliminating all other physical disorders.

Researchers attempting to develop a diagnosis are doing so by focusing on lung and nerve receptors tied to various respiratory problems that seem to be common in many Gulf War veterans. Although they demonstrate many of the tell-tale symptoms of respiratory illnesses and lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis or asthma, they do not test positive for the inflammatory lung diseases.

Being able to diagnose Gulf War Syndrome with a fair degree of accuracy will help all those involved as it is only then when effective treatments can be developed.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veterans disability rights firm today 1-888-234-5758.