Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

US ends Gulf War illness research contract

US ends Gulf War illness research contract

The Department of Veterans Affairs has canceled a $75 million, five-year research contract with a Texas medical center studying illnesses suffered by veterans of the 1990 Gulf War.
The VA says research into the illnesses remains a priority.
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel Akaka, a Democrat, has been pushing to end the sole-source contract with the University of Texas' medical center in Dallas.
Money for the contract was added to a 2005 spending bill by Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison when her party ran Congress.
Troops returned from the 1990 Persian Gulf War with chronic illnesses ranging from fatigue to Lou Gehrig's disease. Some have questioned whether soldiers' illnesses resulted from battle stress or exposures to toxic substances.


Updated : 2021-07-25 12:14 GMT+08:00