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Health scare sent to 1,800 Gulf War veterans

Staff Report • Aug 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

According to a report in USA Today, more than 1,800 Gulf War veterans were sent letters from the Veterans Administration this month informing them that they had Lou Gehrig's disease — a fatal neurological disease.But at least some of the letters — and the diagnoses — were a mistake.Jim Bunker, president of the National Gulf War Resource Center, said VA officials told him the letters dated Aug. 12 were the result of a computer coding error that mistakenly labeled the veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.Katie Roberts, a spokeswoman for the VA, said the letters were simply to inform veterans with ALS of disability compensation available to them and were not intended to deliver a medical diagnosis of ALS. CLICK HERE for the full report.

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