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GULF WAR VETS
(GULF WAR SYNDROME)
GULF WAR VETERANS WITH SERVICE-CONNECTED SYMPTOMS
Nationwide Representation for Gulf War Syndrome Victims
After serving in the first Gulf War in 1990, many veterans started to undergo negative health ramifications. As soon as Operation Desert Shield switched over to Operation Desert Storm, there were plenty of troops who were unfortunately exposed to much more than traditional combat. Facing rugged terrain in the desert, climate change, toxicity, and more than their fair share of environmentally-based sabotage, Gulf War Syndrome was born.
Sadly, the military and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs consistently refuse to acknowledge Gulf War Syndrome as being real, however, certain exposure that created and aided in the birth of Gulf War Syndrome are recognized by the VA. Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban will never look the other way when it comes to veterans and their benefits or health, and we fully understand that Gulf War Syndrome is real, and devastatingly harmful to all who’ve been affected by it.
I Served in the Desert Shield/Desert Storm, What Risks Should I Be Looking For?
Although the VA does not recognize Gulf War Syndrome as being credible, they do however presume that particular unexplained illnesses can be directly linked to service in the Gulf War. Organizations all over the country, and world, are continuing to study what causes “chronic multisymptom illnesses” among these specific veterans. If you were exposed to any of the following during the Gulf War, it is something that the VA recognizes:
- CARC Paint: Chemical Agent Resistant Coating was used to protect military vehicles from chemical weapons, warfare, and corrosion. Troops may have come in contact with this while painting or drying, or even when welding and sanding finished vehicles.
- Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents: Demolished rockets filled with both cyclosporine and sarin mixes were in direct contact with service members when they were at an ammunition storage depot in Khamisiyah, Iraq (1991). Currently, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs is estimating that more than 95,000 veterans of the Gulf War could potentially have been exposed to what they call a “low-level” nerve agent.
- Depleted Uranium: The United States military used depleted uranium inside of any of their armor-piercing projectiles. The element itself is far less radioactive than traditional uranium but it is unfortunately just as toxic, and serious health problems can still result from internal exposure, inhalation and/or ingestion.
- Heat Stroke and/or Dehydration: Soldiers who were actively working in desert terrain, underneath many different layers of equipment, or stationed inside of sealed vehicles were at an astronomical risk for these heat-related injuries.
- Infectious Diseases: Numerous diseases, including West Nile fever could have and still can have a deadly impact on any who served.
- Noise: Hearing loss is a direct result of loud explosions, and can also play a major role in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Occupational Hazards: Many soldiers may have routinely been exposed to toxic industrial chemicals during their service.
- Oil Well Fires: When the Iraqi army retreated, they chose to set fire to many oil wells between the months of February and November (1991). This, as a result, unleashed various toxic plumes.
- Pesticides: During conflict, the United States military released various different pesticides in an effort to reduce the number of insects present. Currently, the Presidential Advisory Committee states that it’s quite unlikely that a decline in the health of a veteran is solely related to the use of pesticides.
- Pyridostigmine Bromide (PB): An anti-nerve agent drug that was commonly used during wartime conflict, however no long-term, or long-lasting effects have ever been recorded.
- Sand, Dust and Particulates: Desert terrain and the inhalation of fine particulates is clearly unavoidable in every way.
- Toxic Embedded Fragments: Shrapnel that is contaminated with toxic embedded fragments and is located with IED’s (improvised explosive devices) can cause severe harm.
- Traumatic Brain Injury/Injuries: Explosions or projectiles can produce concussive force, and can also penetrate the skull destroying brain tissue, ruining cognitive impairment.
- Vaccinations: Many troops who served received shots for both Anthrax and Botulinum toxin, helping to shield them from possible ‘germ warfare’.
Gulf War Veterans Attorneys, Working to Obtain Much Deserved Benefits!
If you, or someone you love, is suffering from complications due to their time serving in Desert Storm or Desert Shield, don’t wait another minute – contact Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban today, or simply call us now at (866) 866-VETS. We’re always available to talk to you, and there are no hidden fees to speak to us about your claim(s). Our firm works on contingency, so there are no fees whatsoever unless we win your claim for benefits. We’re accredited to represent you anywhere within the United States, so even if you can’t make it to one of our offices, we can still help you along the way.