Today is Veterans Day in the U.S., and as such, a good time to highlight some of this blog’s previous posts on veterans’ issues. U.S. veterans and current service members who have been deployed in the Persian Gulf/Southwest Asia region have been shown by multiple studies to be at even higher risk of IBS and other functional GI disorders than the general population. Since these disorders are already quite common in general, the unmet needs for veterans and service members are great.
Here is IBS Impact’s August 12 post on the recognition by the Veterans Administration of irritable bowel syndrome and functional gastrointestinal disorders as presumptive service connected disabilities for Gulf War veterans.
Here is a followup post on August 25 that links to IFFGD’s Veterans’ Advocacy Taskforce.
IBS Impact encourages veterans, service members and families in the IBS and functional GI community to inform themselves on these resources and to consider participating in self-advocacy activities.