Friday, February 26, 2010

VA to Reconsider Benefits for Ill Gulf War Vets/ WP

In a hearing today, Feb. 26, VA Secretary Shinseki said he would be reviewing disability claims for Gulf War-related illnesses to be sure they were handled correctly. How this will be done was not specified. New training for personnel re how to evaluate claims is needed. New training and guidelines for doctors treating ill veterans is needed as well. The Washington Post discusses the hearing: VA to reconsider benefits for ill Gulf War vets.

FYI, my own views on Gulf War illnesses were expressed in my written testimony to House and Senate VA Committees in 2007. (My oral testimonies to the Committees were necessarily brief and incomplete, so I won't post them here.)

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