British forces veterans suffering Gulf War Syndrome may have given it to their children.
New medical research has revealed troops who served in Iraq are more likely to have damage to DNA that could be passed on during reproduction.
Experts in the US – where the illness is recognised – claim to have found the first proof of a biological link to debilitating symptoms suffered by servicemen involved in the 1990-1991 conflict.
Almost 75 per cent of the 53,000 UK soldiers there were given an anthrax vaccine. Many were also exposed to depleted uranium in some weapons.
Thousands reported a raft of disorders on their return home, including extreme fatigue, dizziness, strange rashes, nerve pain and memory loss – and the British Legion believes 30,000 may be suffering from the syndrome.
And more and more affected families are reporting that their children have developed terrifying symptoms of conditions that can be passed on genetically .
Now they are demanding the Ministry of Defence acts on the latest research and recognises Gulf War Syndrome.