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.”
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:
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.To leave a comment you must login first, click here to login