Gulf War Illness: $15 Million in Funding Rejected

The support of 4 top veterans’ service organizations and a U.S. House Representative was not enough to help pass a $15 million budget increase for Gulf War Illness funding.

Rep. John Barrow proposed an amendment to the currently stalled 2013 Defense appropriations bill that would have given an additional $15 million to last year’s $10 million Gulf War Illness research budget. The recommendation that funding be increased to $25 million came from several top veterans service organizations, which include Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Veterans, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

In the bill, legislators called for more funding to increase research on Gulf War Illness, a multi-symptom illness that can cause disability from a variety of conditions. There was also an emphasis on continued research for functional gastrointestinal disorders and new research to be developed to analyze the respiratory exposures Gulf War veterans may suffer.

As medical research reveals more about the toll combat exposures and events can take on a veterans’ health, more Gulf War veterans are finding that they are able to file for veterans’ disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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 attorney from Veterans 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  1-855-855-8992.