Gulf War veterans face more, longer delays at VA, government report says

Gulf War veterans face more, longer delays at VA, government report says

July 12th, 2017 by The Tennessean in Local Regional News

A nurse, left, attends to a Vietnam and Desert Storm veteran at the Chattanooga Veterans Affairs Clinic at Eastgate Town Center.

Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press.

Gulf War veterans often wait four times longer for care and their claims at the VA are three times more likely to be denied, according to a report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office.

The GAO report is the most recent indication that the VA itself acknowledges some of its own shortcomings in training, knowledge of medical conditions and the inner workings for which veterans across the country continually blast the VA.

The VA processed some 11,400 claims in 2015 — more than double than 2010 — from Gulf War veterans reporting conditions from Gulf War Illness (GWI), a collection of symptoms and conditions that many veterans from the wars in the early 1990s are suffering.

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