Wednesday, January 28, 2009

200,000 Desert Storm vetearns disabled, plus their kids

Suffer the children of Desert Storm veterans
The Dallas Morning News on Sunday had a compelling story about an American "child of Desert Storm," a local star athlete who excels despite a partial limb that begs a question:

Now that the federal government finally has recognized Gulf War Illness as real, does that mean the collateral damage suffered by the children of that war's veterans will be similarly recognized?

The Dallas paper's story is about Dominique Dorsey, an inspiring 17-year-old star basketball player who is also the child of a 1991 Gulf War veteran. It is a reminder of the innocent and continuing casualties of war, not only in war zones, but brought home from them.

Nearly 150 American combat deaths and another nearly 450 combat wounded were suffered in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, which ended after a 100-hour ground campaign into Iraq in late February 1991.

Despite that relatively low-cost blitzkrieg led by the United States at the time, in the ensuing years nearly 30 percent of the 700,000 American men and women in uniform who served in that war have suffered disproportionately, and died, from an array of symptoms that were not officially recognized by the federal government for nearly 18-years.

Nearly 200,000 are considered severely disabled.
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