Gulf War Syndrome has a name and it has certifiable symptoms that plague swaths of those who participated in the Gulf War of the early 1990's. And yet no one has been able to nail down the cause-and-effect that might allow for treatment, according to a BBC Magazine article. Is it psychosomatic? Is it physiological? No one in 15-plus years has nailed it down.
Veterans, as is so often the case, are left twisting in the wind -- receiving benefits in some cases, but still feeling like shit and marginalized.
If you don't look, it's not there. Veil heaped on veil.
When it comes to war, I can't think of a better up-summing than the old, "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time." The only difficulty with that, of course, is that veterans do the time while criminals wring their policy-making hands and claim to 'protect' us with yet another conflict they refuse to take responsibility for..