Gulf War Veterans are Targeted Beneficiaries of Research Initiatives
Gulf War veterans are the next generation of veterans eligible to be automatically granted veterans disability benefits if they suffer from certain presumptive diseases. These disabling conditions are known as Gulf War Illnesses and the system works similar to the Agent Orange exposure issues related to Vietnam veterans.
As more information regarding the exposures GulfWar veterans were subjected to is released, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed several research initiatives to improve this data. In a recent press release, the VA has highlighted several of their efforts, including:
- an independent Institute of Medicine (IOM) review of existing Gulf War Illness research;
- funding research studies to develop new treatments for presumptive diseases and other health conditions commonly associated with service in the Gulf War;
- a third follow-up study on a group of Gulf War veterans designed to improve understanding of health effects from service and to improve implementation of healthcare; and
- continued clinical research and education through the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center.
Through these efforts and several other initiatives, the VA is continuing to improve its services for disabled Gulf War veterans.
Veterans of all eras have the right to work with a veterans’ disability representative for help with a veterans’ disability benefits application and appeals process. A Gulf War veteran who has difficulty gaining approval for presumptive diseases or is denied benefits for any reason may speak with a representative about their options.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.