SOURCE: NewsOK.com, Jaclyn Cosgrove reporting, 6/16/2014
|VA Claims and Appeals Department of Veteran Affairs Veterans Bryant Jordan|
"Hickey 'was concerned that changing the name from CMI to GWI might imply a causal link between service in the Gulf and poor health which could necessitate legislation for disability compensation for veterans who served in the Gulf'." While the average combined disability rating among all newly approved VA disability claims is estimated to be between 30 and 40 percent, the average combine rating for the approved Gulf War Illness claims was 67 percent, suggesting a high level of overall disability among veterans claiming Gulf War Illness.
"Claims. After a complete overhaul, VA has now apparently ceased publishing its data report on Gulf War veterans. The report was formerly published quarterly; VA has failed to published any further reports since February 2011. These reports are important for identifying approval rates of VA claims, among other issues."