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Sam Marsden
PA
April 11, 2010

Hundreds of sick Gulf War veterans are still having to go through drawn-out and distressing appeals to get war pensions, a charity said today.

 Those left ill from the 1990-1991 conflict must seek compensation for each individual symptom because the Ministry of Defence refuses to recognise “Gulf War Syndrome” as a medical condition, according to the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association (NGVFA).

Many give up after repeatedly having their disabilities challenged and their claims rejected, the group said.

The Hull-based NGVFA says 9,700 British veterans have suffered from a cocktail of Gulf War-related health problems, typically including chronic headaches, cognitive difficulties, depression, unexplained fatigue, rashes and breathing problems.

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