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American Legion welcomes VA decision

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American Legion says it welcomes the government's decision to re-examine the disability claims of Gulf War veterans.

The move by the Veterans Affairs Department could result in more vets getting compensation nearly two decades after the Gulf War ended.

The legion's legislative director says many vets haven't gotten medical help from the government because they couldn't prove their illnesses stemmed from their service.

Steve Robertson says if veterans have "an invisible wound" they've been told to come back when they have hard evidence that it can be traced back to the war.

Robertson is a Gulf War veteran who has struggled with joint problems and chronic fatigue.

The VA says it plans to improve training for medical staff who work with Gulf War vets, to make sure they do not simply tell vets that their symptoms are imaginary.

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