Battling the Storm Within

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Vets worry Gulf War illness board has lost its autonomy

As U.S. military forces entered Kuwait in 1991, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein set the country's oil wells on fire. The smoke was so thick that the service members couldn't see the sun, and droplets of oil rained down from the sky. (Bergmann & Moore/Kelly Kennedy)

A Gulf War illness advisory committee will take part in its first meeting Tuesday since the Department of Veterans Affairs appointed new members, rather than allow the committee to select its own members, in defiance of Congress’s demands for the committee’s autonomy.

The House, in a bill last year, as well as a letter to VA, insisted that the chairman of the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses appoint the majority of the committee’s members.


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