Well I was in the Navy, and I would not have done it if I new what was going to happen. I joined in peace time, but less than a year in, and we went
to war with Iraq over their invasion of Kuwait. The 1st Gulf War.
Now 1 in 4, including me, have multiple chronic illnesses caused by some kind of chemical exposure, the jury is still out on what that was. Commonly
know as 'Gulf war illness/syndrome', the VA now calls it 'unexplained chronic multi-symptom illness'.
We were used as guinea pigs for untested vaccines for Anthrax and Botulism. Troops were exposed to sarin gas from the munition dumps that were
exploded in Iraq, the gas became airborne, and blown south exposing troops in Saudi. Also exposure to depleted uranium, smoke from oil fires etc.
The government will never admit blame.
You do your four years, or whatever, thinking you made it out alive only to suffer from chronic pain, fatigue, gastro problems including IBS and
dysfunctioning organs. I have a problem with my pancreas not producing enzymes, and I can't digest fats and other nutrients, fat malabsorption
syndrome, meaning I have problems maintaining weight, and in danger of malnutrition. I take stomach enzymes in a pill, and drink three boost plus a
day (360 cals each) and my weight still goes down. Then there is the chronic headaches, sensitivity to light, sound, and smells. The chronic fatigue
that just doesn't go away. Chronic pain they diagnose as fibromyalgia. Depression, anxiety, sleep problems, memory loss.
I haven't worked in 12 years, and it has taken the VA 10 years to finally approve my claim for compensation. They only added gastro problems in
And it's not just limited to vets from the 1st Gulf War, troops returning from the ME now are having these problems.
Not trying to put you off, but give you something to think about mate.
Report: New vets showing Gulf War illness symptoms