545521 Count of Veterans known to be suffering from Undiagnosed
Post-Deployment Illnesses

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Over 500,000 returning veterans suffer from post-deployment illnesses.

They fight for their country and return from deployment with serious sickness.

We don't know what causes the illnesses, and treatment is difficult, but with your help, we can save our veterans. The condition is not obvious, well-known, or well-understood, but over a half million veterans are sick with real diseases that affect their musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, neurological, or other major systems with a range of symptoms.

Our Mission

The SSC was founded in memory of Sergeant Thomas Sullivan, who died from illnesses that began after he was exposed to toxic fumes and dust in post 9/11 Iraq.

While he was sick, he was not aware that his exposures could have caused his illnesses, or even how serious they were.

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Post-Deployment Illness

One in three soldiers returns from the Middle East sick. They are sick with what is sometimes called exposure injuries, chronic multi-symptom illness, or Gulf War Syndrome, but what are all the same thing: Chronic, long-term illness as a result of deployment to the Middle East.

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How You Can Help

Funds raised have an immediate impact. They facilitate direct grants to seed new research, provide greater staff and resources for the Center's advocacy and outreach, and help the SSC to break the cycle of veterans suffering without support after they return from deployment.

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