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Study Provides More Clues to Gulf War Illness

Study Provides More Clues to Gulf War Illness

 

USATODAY by Kelly Kennedy

WASHINGTON — Gulf War illness, the series of symptoms ranging from headaches to memory loss to chronic fatigue that plagues one of four veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf war, is due to damage to the autonomic nervous system, a study released Monday shows.

“This is the linchpin,” said the study’s lead author, Robert Haley, chief of epidemiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Changes Sought for Psych Disorder Discharges

Changes Sought for Psych Disorder Discharges

 

USATODAY

by Kelly Kennedy

WASHINGTON — After nearly 30,000 servicemembers were forced out of the military for “personality disorders,” often after combat service, a bipartisan House coalition hopes to require the Pentagon to review those cases in the hopes that some veterans could receive benefits.

Senate Passes Veterans’ COLA After Delay

Senate Passes Veterans’ COLA After Delay

 

The Air Force Times by Rick Maze

By voice vote and with no apologies for unnecessary hand-wringing, the Senate passed a bill that provides 4 million veterans and survivors a 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase effective Dec. 1.

The measure now goes to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

Army Signed Contract with Firm Tied to Meningitis Outbreak

Army Signed Contract with Firm Tied to Meningitis Outbreak

 

By Walter F. Roche - The Tennessean

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Army recently signed an exclusive, five-year purchasing agreement with a Massachusetts company that has shut down in the midst of a meningitis outbreak.

Deployed Soldier Begins Sex Change

Deployed Soldier Begins Sex Change

 

Air Force Times by  Andrew Tilghman 

She’s a lesbian, and almost everyone in her unit knows it.

She wears her hair cropped short and has a distinctly boyish appearance.

Tricare to End Mail-In Premiums for Two Programs

Tricare to End Mail-In Premiums for Two Programs

 

Air Force Times by Patricia Kime--Tricare will stop taking premium payments by mail for the Tricare Reserve Select and Tricare Retired Reserve programs at the end of the year.

Starting Jan. 1, Tricare will accept only electronic funds transfers or credit and debit cards for the monthly payments, according to a Pentagon release.

The switch will align the military health system’s payment procedures and save processing costs, according to Tricare.

Alarming Breast Cancer Rates Among Troops

Alarming Breast Cancer Rates Among Troops

 

The Air Force Times--If you think breast cancer is just something for your grandmother, mom and aunts to worry about, think again. Not only is breast cancer striking relatively young military women at alarming rates, but male service members, veterans and their dependents are at risk, as well.

With their younger and generally healthier population, those in the military tend to have a lower risk for most cancers than civilians, including significantly lower colorectal, lung and cervical cancer rates in certain groups.