Report Suggests Gulf War Syndrome "Cover-up"

Week of February 25, 2013

The Institute of Medicine recently reported that preliminary data suggests that veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from the same disease -- commonly called Gulf War Syndrome or Illness -- that has plagued veterans of Desert Storm for over two decades. The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans (RAC) has also released a report that has accused members of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of covering up the true nature and causes of illnesses that medical scientists have traced to wartime exposures -- including neurotoxins, depleted uranium, and microbes, among others. The RAC report focuses on "a number of individuals wedded to the past, who have somehow imposed their will on the Department," recommending that these actions be investigated. For more details, see this article.