Gulf War Syndrome Revisited


The controversy surrounding the reality of the Gulf War Syndrome may be drawing to an end. With more than 50% of the Gulf War veterans experiencing physical, neurological and psychological issues arising from exposure to toxins in the war, the research into the existence of a Gulf War Syndrome has been long and complicated, but finally drawing to a close with recognition of the diseases seen among veterans.It has long been thought that the bombing of chemical and munitions sites released toxic chemicals, including chemical warfare agents.

Several years ago I saw a film produced by a veteran’s group which addressed the severe progressive neurological problems, which resembled conditions like ALS,  experienced by some Gulf War veterans as well as the subsequent battles they experienced with the Veteran’s Administration in seeking benefits for their disabilities. Hopefully, with the identification of “a Gulf War Syndrome” this fight will not be required for veterans seeking disability.

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Tag Lines: neurological injury; Gulf War Syndrome; neurological disability; toxic exposure and brain injury

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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