Earlier this week, VA Office of Public Health announced the return of the Gulf War Newsletter. The newsletter provides information to veterans who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and their families.
According to the March 2014 edition, “GW [Gulf War] Veterans are three times more likely to have chronic multi-symptom illness (CMI) compared to non-deployed GW-era Veterans (37 percent versus 12 percent). CMI symptoms include fatigue, weakness, gastrointestinal problems, problems with concentration, sleep disturbances, headaches, skin rashes, respiratory conditions, and mood changes (see chart). Research from VA and others suggest these symptoms may be associated with many factors, including a range of environmental and chemical hazards that carry potential health risks, but the exact cause or causes remain unknown. ”
Read the newsletter: gulfwar-newsletter-march2014.