Monday, March 18, 2019

GWIRP-funded study finds elevated rates of 7 chronic health conditions in Gulf War Veterans

( – March 18, 2019) – Newly published results of a study of a large cohort of U.S. veterans of the 1991 Gulf War show a higher risk of numerous chronic health conditions, as compared to the general population.  The excess risk was linked to reported exposure to Gulf War chemical weapons or an experimental drug troops were forced to take without informed consent.  

Seven of nine surveyed conditions were shown to be at elevated risk among the veterans, including high blood pressure (HBP), high cholesterol, heart attack, diabetes, stroke, arthritis and chronic bronchitis.

For veterans reporting chemical weapons exposure, they showed higher risk of HBP, diabetes, arthritis, and chronic bronchitis. Those who reported taking pyridostigmine bromide (PB) nerve agent protective pills (NAPP’s), showed increased risk of heart attack and diabetes.

“Gulf War veterans are showing accelerated aging patterns resulting in

Boston University: Gulf War Veterans “Aging” Faster

SOURCE:  Boston University School of Public Health, Michelle Samuels reporting, March 18, 2019


Gulf War Veterans “Aging” Faster

Washington, D.C., USA - May 28, 2018: Veterans of the Gulf War Operation Desert Storm marching in the 2018 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC.
Veterans of the Gulf War march in the 2018 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC.
About 200,000 veterans of the 1991 Gulf War continue to suffer from Gulf War Illness (GWI), a set of symptoms including chronic pain, fatigue, and memory impairment caused by sarin chemical warfare agent, pesticides, and pyridostigmine bromide (PB) pills meant to protect soldiers from nerve gas during deployment.
Decades later, these exposures may also be causing higher rates and earlier onset of

**URGENT ACTION ALERT** -- Gulf War Illness Treatment Research in Congress

Updated April 4, 2019

( -- For the last several years, there has been gradually building momentum to develop treatments for Gulf War Illness, a debilitating chronic health condition that science has shown to affect between one-fourth and one-third of the veterans from the 1991 Gulf War and that likely resulted from a combination of toxic exposures.

SPECIFIC ACTION NEEDED:   The current targeted effort seeks co-signers in Congress before the fast approaching deadline for