USA Today released a report covering a pending publication on Gulf War Illness. Anti-nerve agent pills and SCUD missiles, along with pesticides, have been connected to many of the health problems Gulf War I veterans are facing.
Of the exposures, soldiers the most affected were those who took pyridostigmine bromine pills AND were within one mile of a SCUD missile. Heavy pesticide use with DEET was also among the highest impacted non-theater subgroups.
Gulf War I Symptoms
Symptoms include chronic headaches & pain, memory and concentration problems, persistent fatigue, digestion problems, skin abnormalities and mood disturbances.
Unifying patterns have developed after surveying some 700,000 service members. Of those, over 25 percent of veterans have developed issues. This means, 175,000 veterans have been permanently altered as a result of serving this country as a result of these exposures.
The report will be published in the Environmental Health Perspectives by MRI, which is published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
It is commonly accepted that repellants with DEET at levels above 30% are bad for your health. Meanwhile, soldiers in Gulf War I were using repellants that were 70% DEET on their clothes and skin.
Sample C&P Evidence
I have uploaded a sample C&P Summary of Evidence for a non-disclosed veteran suffering from Gulf War Illness. This veteran used pyridostigmine bromide tablets. Check this out to help understand your own condition in the context of the VA.