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Walters doctor says he's been treating Gulf War Syndrome for years

Walters_The U.S. Government is now finally acknowledging a mystery illness from the Gulf War is real, and backs the claims made by sick veterans.  The report stated that more than 175,000 veterans of the first Gulf War in 1991 came down with Gulf War Syndrome, which opens up a person's immune system to many disease. 

Some local physicians also came down with the syndrome simply by treating veterans who suffer from the disease.  Dr. Larry Goss has been practicing medicine in Walters for years, and during that time he says he has treated dozens of Gulf War veterans.  He says he has had the syndrome, and has never even been to Iraq.

In 1991, the first Gulf War was filled with bombs and explosions that landed in areas that many believe were poisoned with toxic chemicals, and a recent government report states that the fallout from some of those bombs could have physically affected U.S. troops.  Goss says that one particular explosion in Khamisiyah, Iraq caused a massive fallout of sarin gas and other chemicals. 

Goss says U.S. troops were forced to take ‘P.B. Pills' prior to being exposed to sarin gas, but that those pills could make symptoms of a gas attack much more severe if taken before exposure.  "It actually made the effects and exposure to Sarin worse," he said.  Goss says he's relieved that after so many years of studying Gulf War Syndrome that the government finally is making its determination.  "There's a camel under the tent," he said.  "They've admitted to at least one aspect of what's been going on."

Veteran Joe McDowney says he was 15 miles from Khamisiyah when there was an explosion, the gas of which ultimately gave him many symptoms of many illnesses.  "Joint aches, having trouble sleeping, having trouble walking - I was diagnosed 10 years ago with having multiple sclerosis...it's nowhere in my family gene traits," he said. 

Dr. Goss says the government's admission that Gulf War Syndrome actually exists is only a first step.  He says they need to do more.  "This one aspect that they looked at is not the entire ideology of this constellation of illnesses that we call the Gulf War Syndrome," he said.  "I believe they did something they don't want to be held accountable for, otherwise we wouldn't be having this discussion 17 years later."

The committee's report also recommended that Congress boost funding for research on Gulf War veterans health to at least $60 million per year.

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