National Gulf War Resource Center

Gulf War Syndrome Self-Help Guide

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There are two books specifically about SSI and SDI that may be helpful.  Also, contact the NGWRC for further information.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, The Advocate's Guide to SSI for Children, Washington, D.C., 1995.

Jehle FF, The Complete and Easy Guide to Social Security and Medicare, 1995.

focus will then shift to the merits of the case and the issue of whether this case will be certified as a class action by the court.  On December 8, 1998 the case will be given a trial date.

The law firms are representing veterans and families on a contingent-fee basis, meaning all fees and expenses will come out of any awarded monetary damages.  Therefore, the law firms are assuming all financial risks for the lawsuit.  Veterans do not have to pay to be part of this lawsuit.  However, they also will get only a small fraction of any settlement.  The law firm to contact regarding the lawsuit is:

Pitts and Associates
8866 Gulf Freeway, Suite 117
Houston, TX 77017-6528
1-800-269-6345  Alt. Phone: 713-910-0555
Fax: 713-910-0594

Litigation Against Chemical Companies

In 1994, a Texas law firm filed a class action lawsuit against U.S., French, Swedish, Swiss, German, and other foreign corporations.  The lawsuit claimed they had manufactured, sold, or shipped chemical and biological dual-use compounds that were allegedly used by Iraq in the Gulf War.  They also claimed that some shipments violated U.S. export regulations.  The lawsuit was filed on the behalf of Gulf War veterans and family members who claimed that they were injured by those chemical and biological compounds as a direct result of exposure to low levels of biological and nerve agents from Iraqi missile attacks and from fallout from coalition force bombing of Iraqi weapons facilities during the war.

Several more law firms have since joined the lawsuit.  The law firms filing suit hope to prove that the chemical companies bare responsibilty for injury to GW veterans because they knowingly sold chemicals to Iraq that they knew, or should have known, were being used to create a huge stockpile of chemical and biological warfare agents and that Iraq had shown a past behavior of using these compounds against enemy forces. 

As of September 1997, the litigation is going forward as expected.  By January 9, 1998 all pending motions on jurisdiction and motions to transfer venue will be decided.  The

Topical Bibliographies

It is impossible to keep all references up-to-date in a periodically published Guide such as this.  However, there is a wealth of information available in the public sector on a multitude of topics related to Gulf War Syndrome: from Depleted Uranium to Post Traumatic Stress Disorders; from newspaper articles to peer-reviewed published medical studies; from independent inquiries regarding what chemicals where sold to Iraq to official Pentagon press releases.

Two compiled topical bibliographies are especially useful.  They are periodically updated: 

Pitts GB, Gulf War Syndrome Case Bibliography, Pitts & Collard, L.L.P., Houston, TX.

Cornelison CM, Gray GC, Topical Bibliography of Published Works Regarding the Health of Veterans of the Persian Gulf War, NHRC- 95-3C, 1995.

You may also contact  NGWRC to request information on a variety of topics.

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