VA to Launch Study on Gulf War Syndrome

Health dysfunctions in Gulf War veterans include memory problems, chronic nerve issues and pain, fever, and night sweats.

Officials in the Department of Veteran Affairs plan to investigate Gulf War Syndrome. The five-year study will seek to better understand and identify the obscure illness and its symptoms. Veteran groups stated this study was long-awaited as more than 250,000 people served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the early 1990s, with many having reported a series of unexplained health problems, such as fatigue, rashes, memory issues, joint pain, and digestive problems.

The department will also partner with the National Institutes of Health to monitor 75 veterans for two weeks at federal health facilities with the goal of looking “at multiple body systems affected by Gulf War Illness and how these systems operate.”

“This collaboration will bring together experts who will meticulously investigate the underlying causes of Gulf War Illness symptoms,” VA Chief Research and Development Officer Rachel Ramoni stated. “With the help of the veterans who volunteer for the study, researchers will lay the groundwork for care that will meaningfully improve the lives of the hundreds of thousands of veterans living with this disease.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Acting Director Lawrence Tabak as he oversees the National Institutes of Health.
    For Secretary Denis McDonough as he heads the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • For U.S. officials as they conduct the Gulf War Syndrome study and for the military veterans who are suffering from the syndrome.

Sources: Military Times, National Institutes of Health


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