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.