DEPLOYED CIVILIANS CAN’T GET WORKER’S COMP — AND THAT’S BAD NEWS FOR A MILITARY THAT DEPENDS ON THEM | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


DEPLOYED CIVILIANS CAN’T GET WORKER’S COMP — AND THAT’S BAD NEWS FOR A MILITARY THAT DEPENDS ON THEM

About 500,000 military veterans served in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were supported by nearly four times as many civilians, U.S.and foreign. As health complaints from these veterans increased, Congress asked the National Academy of Sciences to enter into an agreement with the Department of Defense to evaluate the available scientific evidence regarding associations between service members’ illnesses and exposure to toxic agents, environmental hazards, or medicines and vaccines. This evaluation generated the Persian Gulf War Veterans Act of 1998, and the Veterans Programs Enhancement Act of 1998. A section of the U.S. Code — Title 38, Section 102(3) — indicates that the National Institute of Health concluded the “complex biological, chemical, physical, and psychological environment of the Southwest Asia theater of operations produced complex adverse health effects in Persian Gulf War veterans and that no single disease entity or syndrome is apparent.” This code further establishes that Gulf War veterans suffer from a series of diseases that “cannot now be diagnosed or clearly defined.”

Congress authorized the VA to compensate veterans for these undiagnosed and undefined illnesses — generally termed Gulf War Illness — because they are determined to have a presumption of service connection. Federal civilian employees have had their claims for the same illnesses – incurred at the same time, and in the same places as their military colleagues—rejected because the Department of Labor insists upon an artificial distinction between civilian and military service, and also insists upon a standard of proof that NAS and NIH determined is unattainable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is both insane, and officially horrible, for those people working for our Military; they need effective guidelines for HOW to get the help they need; not more regulations making that care impossible for them to attain.

And in looking at the many US-generated wars foreseen in the near future, about which the State Department, Pentagon, and White House are salivating mightily, it is up to the US government and military to fix this idiocy, and right the heck now.

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