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Denise Nichols

VA to Reopen Gulf War Veterans' Files

Department to Re-Examine What Could be Thousands of Disability Claims

Gulf War Illness files to be Opened by VAVA FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGING GULF WAR ILLNESS IS REAL

The Veterans Affairs Department will re-examine the disability claims of what could be thousands of Gulf War veterans suffering from ailments they blame on their war service, the first step toward potentially compensating them nearly two decades after the war ended.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said the decision is part of a "fresh, bold look" his department is taking to help veterans who have what's commonly called "Gulf War illness" and have long felt the government did little to help them. The VA says it also plans to improve training for medical staff who work with Gulf War vets, to make sure they do not simply tell vets that their symptoms are imaginary - as has happened to many over the years.
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