British Government officially recognizes Gulf War Syndrome as a legitimate medical condition that they will compensate veterans of the first Gulf War for. It has only taken 17 years, almost as long as the US took to recognize Agent Orange.
Lord Drayson said the MoD had written to veterans to tell them they can use the label Gulf War Syndrome and are now working with experts to develop a rehabilitation programme.
Lord Morris said later: "Nobody has ever before now said sorry to those veterans left in broken health and those bereaved after the most toxic war in British history."
Following a landmark ex-serviceman’s pension tribunal appeal in October 2005 the MoD has accepted gulf war syndrome as a "useful umbrella term" for conditions which are linked to the 1990/91 gulf conflict however they do not accept it exists as a separate disease.
An MoD spokesman said: "We have long accepted some veterans of the 1990/91 gulf conflict are ill and some of their ill health is related to their services."
I wonder how long it will take for our own DOD or the VA to recognize the medical problems as the British have done, although we had at least 20 times the amount troops in the war zone as they did, they however are also recognizing troops that never deployed, some are sick that just received vaccinations.
Our government is still funding research, I guess it's cheaper to study the probelms than it is to compensate the ill veterans.Sphere: Related Content