Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Commends Report on Gulf War Illness

December 2008

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) welcomes the recent report of the Congressionally-mandated Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses (RAC) and urges implementations of its findings as soon as they have been reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine.

According to the report, "The extensive body of scientific research now available consistently indicates that Gulf War Illness is real, that it is the result of neurotoxic exposures during Gulf War deployment, and that few veterans have recovered or substantially improved with time."

For far too long, Gulf War veterans, suffering from a myriad of symptoms, including memory and concentration problems, persistent headaches, unexplained fatigue and widespread pain, chronic digestive problems, respiratory symptoms and skin rashes, have had to fight to convince the medical community and the VA that their symptoms were the result of a real illness for which they both needed and deserved the best medical treatment available to them.

JWV National Commander Ira Novoselsky has expressed his hope that "this report will be a turning point in research into and treatment of this insidious disease that has plagued our veterans who so valiantly liberated Kuwait from the hands of Saddam Hussein and served so valiantly in that cause."

The JWV will continue to monitor the implementation of the recommendations of this report to ensure that those veterans who fought for us in the cause of freedom receive the treatment and benefits they have earned.


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