Veterans of the first Gulf War, Desert Storm, have reported a group of chronic symptoms that have not been linked to any specific disease or condition but can be debilitating and impact their quality of life. For years, the military denied knowledge and claims related to Gulf War Syndrome, but in more recent years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has recognized that such groups of symptoms are likely the result of their service in the first Gulf War. For lack of a better name, the condition is known as Gulf War Syndrome. However, because these symptoms can differ significantly from one individual to the next, the VA prefers not to refer to the condition as a single syndrome and instead calls it an “undiagnosed illness” or “chronic multisymptom illness.”
For years, the causes of Gulf War Syndrome were unknown. Doctors didn’t know if they were dealing with one condition or numerous conditions that had similar symptomology. Today, medical researchers have determined that acetylcholinesterase inhibitors used in pesticides, pyridostigmine bromide pills, and chemical nerve agents could be to blame. For this reason, veterans of the First Gulf War who exhibit certain chronic symptoms may be eligible for long-term veterans disability benefits.
For more information about benefits, please reach out to an experienced Chicago Gulf War Syndrome Lawyer at the Comerford Law Office, LLC.
To qualify for veterans’ disability benefits related to Gulf War Syndrome, you must first prove that you are a qualified Gulf War veteran. If you served in any of the following areas during the first Gulf War, you may qualify whether you flew above or were stationed on the ground.
You must also establish that you have one of several chronic symptoms that are either undiagnosed, unexplainable, or chronic multi-system illnesses. Some of the conditions that qualify you for benefits include:
If any of the above conditions persist for six months or longer, they can be considered chronic, which could qualify you for VA benefits. Importantly, the reason for your symptoms must be undiagnosed and not related to any other illness not directly related to your service. If you do have a diagnosis, you will need to provide additional evidence to prove your disability is service-related.
The Chicago Gulf War Syndrome lawyers at the Comerford Law Office, LLC, represent the interests of America’s veterans in Gulf War Syndrome claims for VA disability benefits. If you have questions about VA benefits, please do not hesitate to call our office today to schedule a free initial consultation, and we can begin advocating on your behalf right away.