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June 30, 2013

VETERANS’ CORNER: Studies show impact to brains of Gulf War vets

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This Gulf War Syndrome is a long-term, multi-symptom disorder that affects approximately one third of military personnel and civilian workers who were sent to the first Gulf War. Several symptoms are diarrhea, skin rashes, cognitive problems, physical pain, and fatigue. A particular cause has not been defined, however, suggestions by health care professionals and military personnel indicate that one or a combination of events may contribute to this illness. Smoke from burning wells, depleted uranium, Sarin gas, vaccinations, combat stress, antitoxin for nerve agents and pesticides are listed possibilities.

Check with a local VA Regional Center or a veterans service officer for more detailed information and answers to questions regarding this subject.

Enjoy a safe Fourth of July. Speak to you again next week.

Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133.

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