Rusty Dennen covers military affairs and the environment for The Free Lance-Star. .
Help for Gulf War vets
Veterans with certain illnesses stemming from their service in the Gulf War, as well as Iraq and Afghanistan, are getting some additional help from the Veterans Administration.
The VA announced today that vets won’t have to prove that nine diseases are service related: Brucellosis, Campylobacter jejuni, Coxiella Burnetii (Q fever), Malaria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Nontyphoid Salmonella, Shigella, Visceral leishmaniasis and West Nile virus. The VA says the ruling will initially affect about 2,000 veterans. Read more here.