Support FGID Research & Speak Up for Veterans

November 11, 2013

There is a presumptive service connection between the development of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) and deployment in the Gulf War region

The majority of FGIDs are painful, debilitating, and chronic. Long after a soldier’s tour is over, the FGID and its symptoms can remain.

When they speak for themselves, they tell us:

“I was diagnosed with IBS while on active duty … I was able to cope for about 25 years before the IBS started to get progressively worse.  Today it is my nightmare.”

“None of my GI problems existed prior to my deployment and they simply do not seem to go away afterwards.”

“Since returning from Iraq, I have had issues with my gastrointestinal tract … While speaking with several of my former soldiers I came to realize that they are experiencing the same signs and symptoms.”

Congress has the chance to fund opportunities for FGID research through the Department of Defense’s Gulf War Illness Research Program

FGIDs have been included as a condition eligible for study in the Gulf War Illness Research Program since fiscal year (FY) 2012, and we want to see this continue in FY 2014. 

The Gulf War Illness Research Program is funded by the House and Senate in the annual appropriations process, as part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. The Gulf War Illness Research Program:

  • Provides expanded research at the Department of Defense
  • Highlights the impact of Gulf War Illness on service members
  • Works to improve the health and lives of affected service members and their families.


Research into FGIDs and veterans will benefit not only the many veterans affected by these conditions, but the millions of Americans who suffer with these disorders every day

As stated in a recent Senate report, medical research being conducted by the Department [of Defense] yields medical breakthroughs for service members and often translates to the civilian population, as well.

The Department of Defense’s Gulf War Illness Research Program is one of the few areas of federally funded research on FGIDs. Research on functional GI disorders has been historically under-funded, and these chronic conditions can benefit greatly from increased research opportunities.

Contact your legislators today and ask them to support the inclusion of Gulf War Illness research in the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for FY 2014.

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