Veterans' MS study awaits Bush sign-off

The Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2008, now awaiting President Bush's signature, contains a provision to determine whether veterans of the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and of post-9/11 wars are at increased risk for multiple sclerosis.

Senate Bill 3023 passed the House last month and was sent to the White House last Thursday. If passed, a wide ranging, comprehensive study of veterans of Desert Storm, and of those in current conflicts, would be conducted to examine incidents of multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders. A final version would be due New Year's Eve, 2012.

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