There is an old song about the horror of war which expresses the idea of how old men send young men off to war while they remain at home. Thousands of British soldiers served in the Gulf War, a combat which included having thousands exposed to toxic wastes. UK vets who have emerged from that experience with post traumatic stress disorders are being denied pensions because some people in the Ministry of Defense simply don’t believe being exposed to war and all it horror could result in a human being becoming emotionally upset. Gulf War Syndrome is understood to exist by doctors, but not by officials in the Ministry of Defense. Nine out of ten applications for pensions are being disallowed.
The United States Supreme Court has recognized the existence of PTSD for American soldiers who served during that conflict. It is madness to deny a soldier who experienced war medical assistance and a pension when the outcome was emotionally devastating.