“After years of false starts, research has now provided progress in our understanding of Gulf War illness.” Despite this progress, many veterans remain ill, since doctors still lack effective methods for diagnosing and treating Gulf War illness. “We believe these answers can be found, and are especially pleased to be partnering with Scott & White to address this problem, given its importance for veterans in Central Texas.”
Study is essentially a proof of concept aimed at developing treatment targets: that a class of chemicals present in the 1991 Gulf War could indeed have caused the brain damage found in research on MRI scans of representative samples of the 250,000 ill veterans of the 1991 Gulf War
Action plan to show your support for Gulf War Veterans of 90-91 made easy. We are asking all our readers to use this template letter to notify all your US Senators and all your US Representatives from your State. It is so easy and takes just a few minutes to take the basics of this letter and change a bit to reflect if you are a veteran, spouse, family member, concerned citizen.
One of the documents that was released at the VA RAC GWIR meeting in Boston this past Monday and Tuesday has more appendices and proof but the basic report provides all the details that are needed. An uprising should be occurring but it is not because these veterans are physically ill, not geting the health care ie diagnosis and treatment that is needed NOW, they have not had their claims adjudicated correctly and their families are falling or have fallen apart. We do not want another episode of more suicides but veterans and their families are down legtimately and need help now. They need as much help as the post 911 veterans if not more because they are 21 years into the sufferring and deteroriating health because of government malfeasance and criminal acts. This action that has gone on for 21 years must stop and someone has to show leadship and accountabilty!
The VA Research Advisory Committee meeting from June 18-19 in Boston was a firestorm that has been ignited. Our elected officials in the US Senate and US House of Represeantatives and the President and First Lady need to hear what happenned and put this issue as a PRIORITY. The Gulf War Veterans of 1990-91 have waited for 21 years and can not wait any longer for effective action! WE are ill and dying and need effective action. The VA Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illness Research was set in action by a law generated and accomplished through Gulf War Veterans Advocacy actions. WE are the ones that are ill and the primary stake holhers in this issue. We encourage everyone to get this message to all elected officials!
We have lost veterans for years from environmental exposures and their survivors and their children are too easily forgotten. They bore the war’s effects and have lost their loved ones, they need to be welcomed in to the network of TAPS, Gold Star moms, wives families. Their children sufferred, their childhoods were deeply affected living and watching their father or mother suffer, going to VA or to Drs seeking answers and help, the veteran parents that could not be just the normal parent. The spouses that had to take on huge burdens to care for their loved ones that are ill and not able to function as a copartner or coparent as visioned. The spouse that had to do everything from fighting the VA paperwork, the social security paperwork, the decrease in family finances, the keeping up with the appointments and medications, the keeping up with the children some times taking on the role of main supporting parent, the drain in them emotionally to share that full life with a partner who is now ill and failing even in their 40’s, how do we support them? They are proud and a part of the military veteran community that struggle quietly and stoically. WE do more for those that died on the battlefield and those that returned with visible injuries than we do for those that seen as invisible injuries. These invisible injuried and their families suffer as greatly if not more through years and years of illnesses that usually take the veteran, their spouse or their parent sooner than the normal population that did not serve.
Sanders’ target of $25 million in FY13 Congressionally directed Defense appropriations also carefully coincides with the specifically recommended $25 million funding level by Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Gulf War Veterans and Health chair Dr. Stephen Hauser in letters to Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Haw.) and Ranking Member Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). It also coincides with the $25 million level recommended by the Congressionally mandated Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses (RAC-GWVI) in its groundbreaking November 2008 report.
This is update of actions on the US House of Representatives concerning Rep Roe-Kucinich efforts to help ill gulf war veterans by funding in the Defense Appropriations for FY 13 CDMRP-GWIRP to get answers faster through research. Many more Us Representatives need to step up to their committment to our veterans by March 15 -this week’s deadline.
Weekly update on process of getting funding for DOD CDMRP GWIRP (Congressional Directed Medical Research Program for Gulf War Illness Research Program). US Representatives who signed on to the Dear Colleague in the first week are identified. We thank the US Representatives who have not forgotten the Gulf War Veterans.
A plea from Gulf War Veterans and their families to all to help make phone calls to get gulf war illness research thru DOD CDMRP. Deadline to get all US Representative to notify Representatives to contact Representatives Kuchinich and Roe to sign on to Dear Colleague Letter to be submitted to the appropriations Committee. Support these veterans by making those phone calls.
More than twenty years after the 1991 Gulf War, the facts are stark: The IOM estimates 250,000 of us — about one in every three — are actively suffering from otherwise unexplained chronic multi-symptom illness scientifically and statistically determined to be associated with our Gulf War service.
Catholics seek to boost number of priests serving as chaplains. Searching for bombs day in and day out as part of a route-clearance team, Spc. Joe Murphy needed the reassuring hand of his faith more than ever. But because of a worsening shortage of Catholic chaplains in Afghanistan and throughout the military, it had never been more difficult to practice it.
Gulf War illness Research Program(CDMRP) to be funded FY2012 for 10 million in omnibus bill. Dr Stephen Hauser University of California School of Medicine had stated 25 million per year would make a big impact. Statistics are showing that almost 1 in 3 of the Gulf War Veterans 90-91 have sought health care and compensation for disabling illnesses.
Stanley Gibson, Desert Storm Veteran is dead because of lack of VA care and lack of education and training of VA doctors to exposures to neurotoxins during Operation Desert Storm. The tim can of the VA compensation and benefits system is rusted and leaking for the Gulf War Veterans of 1990-91.
National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition Annual meeting Brunch Nov 10 from 12-4 at Holiday Inn Crystal City close to DC Airport. We have Former Senator Don Riegle who did the Banking and Export Committee Hearing May 1994 and full committee report on exposures of the Gulf War Veterans of 90-91 as the special speaker! Additional speaker is Steven Emerson author of American Jihad. He is an expert on Islamic terrorism who warned of the intent of Muslim Terrorists prior to the 911 attacks
Contact for information and cost of meal(reserve)
Additional information- Former Senator Riegle is scheduled to talk at approximately 1 PM. An additional Speaker is also pending confirmation, more information to follow
Today, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced that the Department’s Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force has completed the draft of a comprehensive report that will outline how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) addresses the concerns of Veterans who deployed during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991.
So while Vietnam Veterans, OIF, and OEF veterans are getting attention this group of veterans from Gulf War 90-91 are being neglected, forgotten, and abandoned. They need attention now and certainly by Veterans Day 20 plus years after they went to war.
Dr. Robert Haley’s research was methodically defunded by VA officials in 2009. It is time for Congressional and Obama Administration officials to relook at how to restore funding to this groundbreaking research. Twenty years later, Gulf War Illness is home but not welcome; let’s not ignore it.
New book by Arnold Mann, recognized investigational journalist, exposes illness of the Gulf War Veterans and other environmental exposed groups of Us population. Explosive book, should really set DC and DOD and VA on alert that the ill will get the truth out.
The article discusses the impact of the FAA bill and the loss of income for FAA employees for a month and a half. It identifies that veterans are a part of this workforce or have family members that are veterans. It explores the impact of this inaction of elected officials in DC.
The Gulf War Veterans of 1990-91 are working to reunite virtually and in person. Several units of the Gulf War 90-91 initially tried to reunite by setting up websites. Now with Facebook having attracted the older age groups in the past couple of years the Gulf War Veterans 1990-91 who have wanted to reunite are […]
NEED HEALTHY VOLUNTEERS. Many Veterans and Civilians ask how can you help veterans. Well there is so many ways. Here is Number 1We need 15 healthy gulf war veterans or healthy civilians in same age range to finish a medical research project for ill Gulf War Veterans. The cost of travel etc is covered.
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