Why some Gulf War veterans are being turned down for VA benefits

Gulf War veterans

By businessinsider.com

A remarkable 44% of the nearly 700,000 US military personnel who served in the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War suffer from chronic symptom that include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, memory loss, neurological disorders, skin problems and respiratory disease.

Yet according to a new Government Accountability Office report, these veterans are finding it considerably more difficult than others to process their claims for benefits and treatment at Department of Veterans Affairs health centers.

On average, Gulf War injury claims involve twice as many medical issues as other disability claims, and they take four months longer to complete than other more routine claims. Between fiscal years 2010 and 2015 – the most recent data available — approval rates for GWI claims were about three times lower than for all other claimed disabilities, according to the GAO.

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