"I had terrible sweats and fevers," says Sean Rusling. "I was a bit of a mess."
The former Royal Army Medical Corps sergeant blames his illness on a series of vaccinations ahead of the outbreak of fighting in the 1991 Gulf War. His health declined rapidly, including temporary paralysis of one leg and what he describes as a "total physical and mental breakdown" after he returned to the UK. Within four years, he was out of the Army. He was diagnosed with osteoporosis at the age of 37 and, hasn't worked since.
"It's an insult that the Ministry of Defence doesn't recognise the condition suffered by me and so many others," says Rusling, now 56.