After getting checked for melanoma skin cancer at age 31, the wonderful VA suggested I get screened for Gulf War Syndrome. After a car accident in which I was rear-ended at a complete stop by a driver doing 45mph, the doctor determined I had FM in 1997. I am a guy and my family thought the doctor was nuts, along with me. The next four years consisted of useless anti-depressants because the 'pain was in my head'. I've been fired from my job for missing too much work as of yesterday. I'll probably be homeless in a month or sooner when the little money I earned runs out. I intend to hunger strike if the VA continues to ignore me because other than suicide (unthinkable) I do not know what else I can do at this point, and I am tired of being told I am nuts, and the headaches, backaches, leg pain, foot pain, shoulder pain, irritable bowel, and lack of energy keep me inside despite living in a beautiful state known as Colorado. If you met me you'd want to date me, which means doctors refuse to listen to my complaints and help. I get sent to shrinks. Any other veterans from the 1991 war experiencing this? I've ran into one gulf vet since I exited service in 1993. Where did they go? Is there any out there whom can relate and offer some insight on what to expect from the VA? Thanks to anyone with insight.