For far too many of our veterans, the fight doesn’t end when they return from military deployment. 700,000 men and women fought on behalf of the United States in the Gulf War from 1990-1991, and almost 1/3 of them continue to fight the symptoms of Gulf War Illness (GWI), a tragically misunderstood disease arising from the conditions that they were exposed to during the war.
Shortly after completing their deployment, many veterans began experiencing chronic, unexplained symptoms, such as aches, pain, fatigue, skin abnormalities, cognitive and memory problems, including early signs of ALS and Alzheimer’s Disease. Unfortunately, these veterans’ disabilities were not recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) until 24 years later, when they published a report recognizing the poorer health experienced by veterans deployed to the Persian Gulf relative to other veterans.
Recognition is only the start of the process towards healing for our veterans. Fortunately, the Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP) has been instrumental in advocating for veterans with GWI, funding $22 million in research annually toward finding treatments for the disease. The tide is truly turning for our veterans in need.
However, outreach has become a major barrier – this is where you come in. Many of the programs funded by the GWIRP are struggling to connect with veterans, stifling research and putting this funding in danger of being wasted. You can help by clicking the link below and sharing this info with the veterans that you know and love: