VA study: Gulf War syndrome doesn't exist

(Washington-AP) September 12, 2006 - A new government report has concluded there is no such thing as Gulf War syndrome.

The study acknowledges that nearly 30 percent of all those who served in the first war in Iraq suffered or still suffer from an array of very real problems.

But the report sponsored by the Veterans' Administration says there is no single pattern of symptoms to suggest one identifiable syndrome.

A Johns Hopkins University researcher who led the study says every pattern identified in Gulf War veterans also seems to exist in other veterans. But Lynn Goldman says it's important to note that the symptom rate is higher and "it is a serious issue."

The VA is trying to determine whether Gulf War veterans qualify for special disability benefits because of illnesses linked to their service.

Posted 10:58am by Bryce Mursch