Many of those who defended our country in the first Iraq War (Desert Storm) have an inconsistent array of chronic symptoms that have no known cause but are nonetheless utterly debilitating. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs recognizes that these symptoms are likely related to their service in the Gulf War. Hence the term, “Gulf War Syndrome.”
Because symptoms can vary from one individual to the rest, the VA calls it an “undiagnosed illness” or a “chronic multisymptom illness.” Doctors remain uncertain as to what causes Gulf War Syndrome, but they have narrowed down some possibilities. Doctors now believe that Pyridostigmine bromide pills, Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors used in pesticides, and chemical nerve agents may be responsible for the condition. Gulf War veterans who show the symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome are entitled to benefits. A Naperville Gulf War Syndrome benefits attorney can help them file their claim.
The VA will pay out on claims related to Gulf War Syndrome if you can prove that you served in the affected areas. These include:
You must also be able to prove that you have a chronic multi-symptom illness that is not otherwise medically explainable. Symptoms or conditions that qualify you for benefits include:
If any of the above symptoms persist for more than six months, the VA doctors consider them chronic for the purpose of benefits. The key ingredient to a successful claim is that your symptoms are undiagnosed or otherwise unconnected to a diagnosed condition that would explain them. Those who already have a diagnosis for their symptoms will need to provide added evidence that their condition is related to their service in the Gulf War. While not a barrier to receiving benefits, it does make the process more complicated and it will take more time to prove your claim.
If you are a Gulf War veteran who is suffering from chronic unexplained symptoms, you are entitled to file a claim with the VA to receive benefits related to your service and guaranteed to all those who served our country. The process of filing a claim and then getting the evidence you need to prove the claim to the VA can often be frustrating and complicated.
The Naperville Gulf War Syndrome benefits attorneys at the Comerford Law Office can help anticipate the type of evidence needed to prove your case. Call today for more details.