Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Fox 8 Highpoint, NC -- Local vet: 25 years after Gulf War, still in need of help

SOURCE:  FOX 8 (High Point, NC), Sarah Krueger reporting



Local vet: 25 years after Gulf War, still in need of help

THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Papers from countless appointments at the VA hospital fill whole drawers at Brian Christian's Thomasville home.
The 45-year-old Gulf War veteran says 25 years after the war he still hasn't gotten the medical help he needs.
"When I got back from war, doctors didn't know what to do, to be honest with you," Christian said. "Twenty-five years later, they've gotten a little better at helping veterans, but we're not there yet."
Christian says he suffers from physical as well as emotional ailments from serving in the Army.
"I'm 45 years old and I was just in the hospital for pneumonia and congestive heart failure," he said. "They can't really tell me why."
Christian also says he suffers from PTSD.
"I was a different person when I came back," he said. "Just not the same."
Tuesday the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs will discuss health effects in Gulf War veterans, as part of the 25th year anniversary of the war.
Christian says he's hopeful that could garner increased support for veterans' medical needs.
"We have problems and they don't really want to talk about the issue," Christian said of VA doctors. "Nobody ever expected us to come back being sick and having problems. It was a three-day ground war. We were there six months. But it didn't work like that."

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