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THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION CALLS FOR HELP FOR ILL VETERANS

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION CALLS FOR HELP FOR ILL VETERANS

12 Jan 16:00 by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

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The Royal British Legion has called on the government to offer more support to veterans suffering from Gulf War Syndrome.

It's believed possible that up 33,000 former soldiers are living with afflictions linked to serving in the Gulf, where operations began 25 years ago, and it is not known how to treat them, according to the charity. Symptoms include chronic fatigue, cognitive problems, muscle pain, rashes and diarrhoea.

Marie-Louise Sharp of the Royal British Legion said: "We know the health of ill Gulf War veterans continues to be an important area for the government, which is why the Legion is calling for investment into research so we can understand how to improve the lives of those affected.

"In addition, we ask for formal communication channels to be established to convey the results of US research developments to Gulf War veterans living here in the UK."

Veterans that served in operations in the Gulf that are suffering from symptoms outlined are urged to look for help. To begin with, contact your GP but be sure to identify yourself as a veteran and explain that you believe your symptoms to be related to your time in the forces.

For more information on NHS care and priority treatment for veterans, visit the NHS Choices Website.

You can also contact:

Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme: 0800 032 6258

Combat Stress 24hr Helpline: 0800 138 1619

National Gulf Veterans and Families Association: 0845 257 4853