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Gains In Battle Against Gulf War Illness

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About one in four veterans of the Persian Gulf War and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm developed chronic health problems. Common symptoms include:

• Fatigue

• Headaches

• Joint pain

• Indigestion

• Insomnia

• Dizziness

• Shortness of breath

• Memory problems

• Psychological problems

Although generally known as Gulf War Syndrome, the symptoms vary so widely the Veterans Affairs Department does not consider them to be a true syndrome. Instead, it defines the ailments as "medically unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses."

The VA presumes that certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for six months or more are related to Gulf War service, regardless of their cause.

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