Diabetes and desert storm is also an issue!
Check on linking diabetes to list of medical illnesess from Desert Shield and Storm, a lot of vets have it ,munitions, oil, fires, PB etc etc.
I was in Gulf War 1990-1991 started getting sever rashes 1993 and then Type 1 diabetes in 2001. About 15 years ago, I read an article about a group (I think they were National Guard out of Luisiana deployed to the Gulf War, and 10 years after being in the Gulf a lot of them (a larger number compared to the general population) were being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
I fall into this approx 10 years out I get diabetes. We were given the Anthrax shot (which left a big bump in my arm for over a week) and were taking Primaquine daily. They were spraying for flies around camp and had bowls of fly killing bait everywhere. I read another article around the same time about a Dr who had connected the use of Primaquine and the fly bait to health issues. I haven't thought about or looked into this in over 15 year because I was told back then by the VA that diabetes could not be service connected.
Yup, me too. Was in the Gulf over 9 months. Got out of the Corps in end of '92. Started going to College and noticed I couldn't get through a class without sprinting down the hall to take a full fledged piss. Was also drinking water every half hour. Went to the VA due to these issues not going away. They're analysis after blood work said I was running sweet. I asked what that meant. They said I had Diabetes and needed to start an insulin regiment and get trained up on diabetes. No where in the Family and got it 2.5 years after being out. It's nice to hear I'm not the only one. This disease has changed my life in a huge way. Almost died many time from insulin shock. There seems to definitely be a trend here. I had to share and tell my story and contribute.
Diabetes and severe nueropathy
Jesse Goble commented
A co 3/69 Armor, Iraq Sept 1990- Mar 1991, I have R/A, DiabetesType II, Ptsd and was exposed to sarin/cyclosarin gas along with D.U.
I have no family history of any of these, but my question is, how can we all have similar issues with the only common denominator being the Gulf War and not be covered ?
Jim Bunker commented
The CFR states that you cannot claim diabetes due to your exposure in the gulf war. That was a part of the Congress intent when they expanded the law in 2001. Congress had in the intent that diabetes and MS was not to be granted along with other things.
I was in desert shield desert storm and took the medications for chemical biological warfare and was diagnosis with diabetes in 2008 and file a claim for it and. Was denied
HHC 1st BCT Iraq 2003. I have also been diagnosed with serval illnesses by the VA. Type 1 diabetes mellitus and Celsius decease along with Gulf War Bowel Syndrome, some how they are all connected. Perhaps them Anthrax and Small Pox Vaccination played a huge part in this case. Trying to set up a registry for all of us please call me 317-408-0812 Tony Woods.
Dell Worden commented
I was in Desert Storm with 2nd BN 5th Marines. Developed diabetes about 8 years ago. No family history. Also suffering from blackouts and kidney problems. Blackouts are unexplained medically so far.
Scott Loomis commented
I too am a Gulf vet 90-91 was a medic with the 41st attached to the 24th I.D. and ended up in the Khamisiyah area. Came home with the nausea, vomiting , diarrhea could drop 15-20 pounds in a 24 hour period. was diagnosed in 1994 with diabetes .And eventually with pancreatic dysfunction. My primary care provider at the VA started me on enzymes and it greatly helps the symptoms . He also wrote a support letter stating had the condition been treated earlier the diabetes more than likely would not have developed. I wear an insulin pump & constant glucose monitor due to severe sugar level swings . Of course the VA strongly fights against my claim and his support letter. Am looking for other Brothers & Sisters who are suffering the same denials .
Derek Nunez commented
Wow, cannot believe I found this! I always took great care of myself and have no family history of diabetes and was and still not over weight. I was in the 90-91 Gulf War and was forced to take nerve agent pills every morning in formation. In 2008, I was diagnosed mistakenly as a type 2 diabetic but now they are calling it type 1 or type 1.5.
To all make sure you have a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes not type 1 juvenile/ Also have back pain joint pain nerve pain etc. Please get Docs opinion.
The Old Cav 1SG from Bosnia Desert Storm
Please keep fighting! Use VSOs. To all claim a NOD with VA once original claim is denied!
Find a Doc who will help out DBQs etc. We are being ignored! Also once again contact your local elected politicians! They often will help out when others fail! I saw it all as well as yall.
Norman Wypycha commented
I got diabetes type one in 1996 two and half years after leaving the service in 1993. I was in the persian gulf in 1991 for probably 8 months. Diabetes does not run in my family at all and i get the worst kind of diabetes. I know it has something to do with that war. I had other things that were going on back then hard to explain anyways has anyone received a service connected pension from diabetes type one and gulf war
I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, no history in the family. I have started working with the VA, even though currently I'm being told its not recognised at this time being from the Gulf War, figure they didn't recognise for Vietnam era folks for a long time either.
Nathan Fuller commented
Is there anyone that served in Iraq and came back with type 1 diabetes?
I was diagnosed with diabetes last month. With already had it and I'm the one whose always chestizing her. I eat on this health kicks, stuff like walnuts , some fruits and salad plus a lot of water. This was before my diagnosed. My point is I was medically retired with degenerative joint desease. Total hip replacement. I never injured my hip. Can't eat frush fruit after returning from desert storm. Deal with shoulder and muscle pain. Never connected anything until reading y'all post. I'm schedulefor a persian gulf pphysical this month. I was in supply but was in Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi
Hi Desert Storm / Shield Vets,
Sorry I have been gone a while ,family issues.
Get enrolled with VA Health , VA.gov website, then enroll with e benefits and file claims there!
You will see a link for DBQs, explore, take those forms to VA health or private health provider and upload on ebenefits!
Times are a changing, either use a VSO or ebenefits now! You will see the link at the bottom of VA . gov! We to are a dyeing breed, please pass on! Don't forget to contact your local politician's also! Please help yourself and your family!
Hope this helps! God Bless you all!
3ACR, US Army Vet
VFW and Legion member
Get enrolled with VA and get Doctors opinions! No one knows what we went thru, soon last of a breed!
Did you do a desert Storm / shield environmental exam at VA if not please get one!
Yes it can be passed down. Help yourself and family do above!
Also get VFW and or American legion VSOs involved!
An Old !SG Retired served with 3 ACR there!
John Wood,, see previous posts and please pass on!
Much cheaper than an attorn! VSOs
I am a gulf war veteran and my son was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 9 like someone else had posted. There's no family history of type 1 diabetes. I wonder if there is any correlation to my gulf war syndrome and the type 1 diabetes diagnosis of my son. Could the effects that caused my immune symptom to change be passed to my son thereby causing type 1 diabetes?
My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age nine. Has anyone else had a child develop diabetes? His dad came home sick and is no longer in our lives, don't know what issues he may have.