Funding for a research study on treatments and cures for Gulf War illnesses has been cancelled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The study, conducted at the University of Texas’s Southwestern Medical Center, was funded by a $75 million contract with the VA until recently. Citing “persistent noncompliance and performance deficiencies” the VA cancelled the project which researchers hoped would yield clues as to why some veterans returned from the war with chronic medical conditions.
According to the Dallas Morning News, approximately 700,000 veterans served in the Gulf War. Many have experienced symptoms ranging from chronic fatigue to lung ailments. Currently the VA does not recognize that the illness was caused by chemical exposure resulting in denial of disability claims for many veterans.
If you’re disabled vet and need assistance with your VA disability claim, contact the disability rights law firm of Veterans Help Group.