Common VA Disabilities for Desert Shield & Desert Storm Veterans

On August 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army invaded the nation state of Kuwait. This set off a chain reaction which lead to George Bush, Sr., sending over 500,000 thousand American troops to the Southwest Asia and Persian Gulf area for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Veterans who served in Operation Desert Shield or Operation Desert Storm were subject to many different factors that could lead to a variety of different illnesses and disabilities after service. If you are a Veteran suffering from a disability related to service, you are entitled to disability compensation.

Types of Disabilities for Desert Shield and Desert Storm Veterans

Veterans who served in Southwest Asia were exposed to many different circumstances that may lead to a disability. Some common types of disabilities for Veterans who served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm include:

  • Respiratory Conditions
  • Psychological & Neurological Problems
  • Skin Conditions
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Headaches and Memory Problems
  • Gulf War Syndrome

Respiratory Problems

One of the biggest problems for Desert Shield and Desert Storm Veterans is respiratory conditions. Veterans who served in Southwest Asia were likely exposed to air quality issues from sand particles and dust in the air. These Veterans could also be facing respiratory problems due to the burn pits and oil well fires. Burn pits were used to get rid of waste at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the smoke from these burn pits can lead to a variety of respiratory illnesses. The smoke from oil well fires could also lead to respiratory problems.

Psychological & Neurological Problems

Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, like other military operations, can lead to a variety of different psychological and neurological problems. Veterans exposed to combat or traumatic experiences may develop post traumatic stress disorder. Veterans could also develop other psychological problems, such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder related to service.

Skin Conditions

Rashes and other types of skin irritation can be common among Veterans who served in the Gulf War due to exposure to burn pits and oil well fires. In fact, a study by the International Journal of Medicine (QJM) noted that seborrheic dermatitis is twice as common as expected among Gulf War Veterans. Dermatitis is so prominent that Veterans are entitled to presumptive service connection for the condition, meaning they only need to prove they served in the Gulf War and have dermatitis to receive service connection.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Veterans who served in the Gulf War may also experience gastrointestinal problems. Some common conditions for Desert Shield and Desert Storm Veterans include GERD, IBS, dyspepsia, and abdominal pain syndrome.

Headaches and Memory Problems

Many Veterans who served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm experience headaches, migraines, and memory problems. Headaches and migraines are likely attributable to Gulf War Syndrome, which we will cover later in this article. Memory loss is also associated with Gulf War Syndrome, but it could also be the result of a traumatic brain injury or any blow to the head.

Gulf War Syndrome

The most prominent illness for Desert Shield and Desert Storm Veterans is Gulf War Syndrome. Gulf War Syndrome occurs when Veterans suffer from a variety of chronic, medically unexplained symptoms. The VA refers to this as chronic multisymptom illness. Some common symptoms associated with Gulf War Syndrome include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Join Pain
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Memory Problems

Veterans Disability Lawyers

Veterans who served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm are likely dealing with disabilities related to service. If you are a Gulf War Veteran and you were denied disability compensation for your disabilities or were given a lower than expected rating from the VA, we can help you appeal.

The VA lawyers at Berry Law have helped thousands of Veterans successfully appeal unfavorable VA decisions. Featuring attorneys from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, Berry Law understands military service and what evidence you need to get your VA claim granted. Contact Berry Law today for a free case evaluation.