Department of Veterans Affairs Reports 73 Thousand U.S. Gulf War Deaths

More deaths from the ulf War than the Vietnam war, says the VA.More Gulf War Veterans have died than Vietnam Veterans
by Clive Boustred

The Department of Veterans Affairs, May 2007, Gulf War Veterans Information System reports the following:

Total U.S. Military Gulf War Deaths: 73,846
– Deaths amongst Deployed: 17,847
– Deaths amongst Non-Deployed: 55,999  

Total “Undiagnosed Illness” (UDX) claims: 14,874
Total number of disability claims filed: 1,620,906
– Disability Claims amongst Deployed: 407,911
– Disability Claims amongst Non-Deployed: 1,212,995

Percentage of combat troops that filed Disability Claims 36%


Soldiers, by nature, typically don’t complain.  In other words, the real impact of those who are disabled from the US invasions in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Nations, is not fully reflected in the official Veterans Affairs numbers.  When soldiers are sent to murder women and children they tend to never be able to live normal lives there after…


How come the government numbers of 3,777 as of 9/7/7 are so low?  The answer is simple, the government does not want the 73,000 dead to be compared to the 55,000 U.S. soldiers killed in Vietnam Iraq = Vietnam.  What the government is doing is only counting the soldiers that die in action before they can get them into a helicopter or ambulance.  Any soldier who is shot but they get into a helicopter before he dies is not counted.

73,000 dead amongst the U.S. soldiers for this scale operation using weapons of mass destruction is not high – we expect the great majority of U.S. soldiers who took part in the invasion of Iraq to die of uranium poisoning, which can take decades to kill.

From a victors perspective, above any major war in history, The Gulf War has taken the severest toll on soldiers.

More than 1,820 tons of radio active nuclear waste uranium were exploded into Iraq alone in the form of armor piercing rounds and bunker busters, representing the worlds worst man made ecological disaster ever. 64 kg of uranium were used in the Hiroshima bomb. The U.S. Iraq Nuclear Holocaust represents far more than fourteen thousand Hiroshima’s. The nuclear waste the U.S. has exploded into the Middle East will continue killing for billions of years and can wipe out more than a third of life on earth. Gulf War Veterans who have ingested the uranium will continue to die off over a number of years.

So far more than one million people have been slaughtered in the illegal invasion of Iraqi by the U.S. Birth defects are up 600% in Iraq – the same will apply to U.S. Veterans.

Statistics and evidence published by the government and mainstream media in no way reflect the extreme gravity of the situation.

Those working for the government and media must wake up and take responsibility for immediately reversing this U.S. Holocaust. Understanding who is manipulating all of us is critical for all of us.


Gulf war syndrome still eludes science

Soon after returning from the Persian Gulf war in 1991, U.S. veterans began complaining of strange symptoms: fatigue, joint pains, memory loss. The complaints were hard to dismiss — after all, these soldiers had been in combat-ready condition when they were shipped east to drive Iraq's army from Kuwait.

At first, the Pentagon denied that the syndrome existed, then asserted that it could have been caused by war-time chemical exposure. Although Iraq had repeatedly warned of its willingness to use chemical weapons, there was no hard evidence that it did. Nor could the incineration of Kuwait's oil fields have caused the problem, since many of the ill vets had not been exposed to the huge clouds of petro-fumes.

On Oct. 9, 1996, a prestigious committee of the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine concluded that there was no evidence for a mysterious chronic illness associated with Persian Gulf War service.

All ahead reverse!
The report barely hit the headlines when the dam broke. One revelation after another bespoke the possibility that some combination of toxic chemicals or biological agents had caused the syndrome.

It turned out that a major Iraqi ammunition dump detonated by U.S. soldiers had contained nerve gas, and that Gulf-War symptoms were appearing in ever-more vets.

After the Pentagon shifted into reverse and admitted that its vets were not simple malingerers, it turned gulf war syndrome into a heavily researched — and exceedingly frustrating — medical conundrum. Soldiers in the Gulf region were exposed to a bewildering variety of nasties: oil smoke, nerve gas, vaccines, depleted uranium, fuel, insecticides, anti-nerve-gas medicines — in addition to the usual dislocation, boredom, exhilaration and terror of wartime.

"Gulf war syndrome" now encompasses two broad categories of complaints:

neurological symptoms — fatigue, memory loss, difficulty concentrating and sleep disturbances, and physical symptoms — digestive problems, joint pain, and heart and circulatory difficulties.

As we write in 2001, the U.S. government has spent $155 million researching the syndrome, and nobody can say for certain what caused gulf war syndrome — or indeed whether it is a unique medical entity rather than a bundle of diseases seen after other wars but called by other names.

The 1996 announcement that broke the dam of skepticism concerned the destruction of the giant Kamisiyah ammunition dump in southern Iraq on March 4, 1991, the day after Iraq surrendered. To destroy the arsenal, members of the 37th Engineering Battalion had set explosives under rockets that, unknown to them, contained the deadly nerve gas Sarin. The evidence of possible contamination began spreading like nerve gas across a desert battlefield:

The Pentagon announced that a pit holding at least 300 rockets containing sarin and cyclosarin, a related compound, had been demolished March 10.

The New York Times reported that Kamisiyah had been bombed extensively before the ground campaign, meaning GIs could have been exposed before their assault (see "U.S. Jets…" in the bibliography.)

The Pentagon continued to raise its estimate of the number of downwind troops who might have been exposed to chemical weapons during demolition efforts.

The Kamisiyah dump contained up to seven tons of sarin, according to press reports. Since it takes just a millionth of a gram of sarin to kill, that amount could, theoretically, kill millions. The only "good" data on Sarin's human toxicity come from a subway-poisoning episode in Tokyo, but the high doses in the subway may not shed much light on the low doses the GIs got in the desert (see "Sarin Savagery" in the bibliography).

Still, the revelations provided a possible material basis for the syndrome. Politicians of both parties, and activists who had pushed for action on gulf war syndrome, quickly demanded research, treatment and compensation.

Another question-mark
Five years later, the issue remains about as intractable as ever. Nobody can explain what combination of insults — whether from vaccines, toxins or pathogens — caused the syndrome. As researchers desperately chase an elusive target, some have advocated far-fetched theories about causes and treatments.

In 1997, Robert Haley, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, published studies that differentiated three components of gulf war syndrome:
– memory, attention and reasoning;
– confusion and balance;
– and muscle aches and weakness.
Haley correlated each of these syndromes with specific chemical exposures, but critics questioned his small sample and lack of controls.

Edward Hyman, a retired New Orleans doctor, thinks gulf war syndrome reflects a chronic bacterial infection. Hyman got $3.4 million in 1996 direct from Congress to study 36 people, but he has yet to publish his results. Apparently, he failed to use standard double-blind procedures to reduce bias.

A southern California researcher, Girth Nicholson, also received $3.4 million to study 491 gulf war patients, who will get either a placebo or an antibiotic. Like Hyman, Nicholson attributes the syndrome to an infection that can only be cleared by long-term antibiotic treatment.

Behind the disputes over gulf war syndrome is a long-standing argument over the effects of low doses of chemicals. At one extreme are those who believe exposure to many chemicals can lead to multiple chemical sensitivity. At the other, many scientists say that if an effect is not been measured in the lab, it doesn't exist.

Still, veterans take gulf war syndrome seriously. By 1996, an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 U.S. veterans had sought medical evaluation for the syndrome from doctors in the military or Department of Veterans Affairs.

But in 2001, despite continuing studies, the existence and cause of gulf war syndrome are both in question. At a meeting in Virginia in January, 2001, John Feussner, the top research official in the Department of Veterans Affairs, told Science magazine, "We're going to look as long as there's a chance we're going to find something."

Science reported that researchers reported no major insights at the 2001 meeting, and seemed to accept that the conundrum might be insoluble (see "Gulf War Illness: the Battle Continues" in the bibliography).

In their heads?
It's possible — although anathema to many gulf war activists — that gulf war syndrome is the name for a more generalized post-war syndrome. After World War I, the lingering effects of war were called "shell shock"; after World War II, "battle fatigue," and after the U.S. war in Vietnam, "post-traumatic stress syndrome."

According to this theory, gulf swar syndrome is a more heavily publicized and intensely researched version of the physical and psychological impact of waging war.


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6 Responses to "Department of Veterans Affairs Reports 73 Thousand U.S. Gulf War Deaths"

  1. Daniella  April 26, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Has a more recent report been released since this report?

  2. JT  October 23, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I’m not a mathamatician (nor is the VA) but… if you have 73,846 Gulf War veterans who are deceased, and a total of 1,620,906 who filed claims of disabilities, does anyone stop to realize that the number of soldiers that served in the Gulf War was 700,000. Obviously the VA isn’t handling claims well if there are OVER twice as many “claims” and there was soldiers serving in the War! That doesn’t even count the number who have died!

    In Support of Veterans,
    JT ~ Desert Storm Widow

  3. DA White  August 5, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Mr. Boustred you need to stay with the facts. The US military did not lose more men in the Gulf war than in Vietnam. I agree that there are undisclosed medical problems that these men are having, but you don’t need to bring Vietnam into the picture. In WW2, we lost 375,000 men, in Korea, about 50,000 counting all deaths. In Vietnam, 58,000 counting all deaths. The men of the Gulf war did a tremendous job that all Americans were proud of and you do not do them justice when you compare them to a different era. I don’t know where you got your facts from, but the Veterans Today people disassociated themselves from your BS at the bottom of your article.

  4. Anonymous  December 1, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    The PB tabs were not tested by the FDA and the gov”t knew this. Soldiers give up the basic rights they fight for everyone else to have. I refused to take the pills. At the time I was a corporal and challenged anyone to make me take the pills. I was present at the explosions of the bunkers, over the years I have suffered with sleep disorders and chronic bowel conditions. I have received treatment from my own doctors. I refuse to allow they gov’t to use me as an example of there not being a syndrom when in the late 90’s I did not show any symptoms yet. It’s about time we were recognized as hurt and not just making excuses. To all my Gulf War Veteran brothers and sisters keep your heads high and don’t take no for an answer!! Get any and all treatment you can. Make the gov’t remember we are here and will not go quietly into that final good night. Huha!!!

    • tim rogge  July 27, 2009 at 12:43 pm

      I wanted to say that I agree and stand with you. I also wanted to say that three years ago I calapsed almost for the last time, but by God’s grace I found a naturalist and a doctor that saved my life through chelation and glutathione. It took almost 100 treatments but it got me back to work. I still have to take glutathione and glycine or I start to callapse again. When I am in the sun and start to sweet and I’m not taking this my tremers turn into my arm bouncing and have to take a nap that goes on for a couple hours. The headaches come back the pain in my muscles my bowels and digestive problems come back I can’t sleep, muscle weakness’s and so on start happening again. When I work I can’t do over time and a 40 hour weak is hard. I shut down on weakends. I’m trying to get a hold of Dr. hailey but it’s hard because he is so bussy with all this and his own practice. We just have to keep it up I guess. They did to the Veitnam guys to.

  5. Anonymous  October 13, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    anyone who think,s gulfwar vet,s aren’t really sick are the most ignorant people in the world and probably have not ever been in a war in their life and are to scared to do so , we the united states gulfwar vets stood up for what we thought was the right thing in return we were used as experiments damn the ones responsible and then we have to fight for any help we get!!!!!!!

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