Gulf War Vets’ Time to File for Ailments Ends Soon

October 26, 2011 | The Veterans Corner

Veterans who served during the Persian Gulf War (1990-91) have until Dec. 31, 2011, to file claims for “undiagnosed illnesses.” Ben Weisbroth, former deputy director of the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs and this week’s Veterans Corner guest, advises veterans who are suffering from a variety of ailments, including chronic fatigue syndrome, joint pain, and neurological, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal symptoms, to seek treatment before the 10-year deadline expires. “If these folks have not filed a claim for benefits or sought medical help at a VA facility, it might be a good time to do it now,” Weisbroth says. The number to find out about benefits and what symptoms are covered is 800-827-1000.