Gulf War Veteran Matt Letterman featured in Desert Diaries: The War After the War
Mr Matt Letterman is on his way to DC in a John Deer Tractor making his way to DC Now.
by Denise Nichols, Staff Writer
WE at Veterans Today are urging all Veterans especially fellow ill Gulf War Veterans and Veteran Organization Posts in the vicinity of his Drive to DC to GET OUT there and show their support!
How? Be there bring bottled water, food, fuel money greet him with open arms! Call your newspapers and TV and radio stations get them out there to do the story on Matt Letterman and Gulf War Veterans that are ill in each community.
Notify your VVA, VFW, Legion, and DAV posts and chapters Now! Call, email, post -Get the Patriot Guard, Legion Riders, Rolling Thunder Biker Veterans out there to escort him.
Spread the word Kentucky thru West Virginia, Virginia, and DC!
EVERYONE, Get on the phones Monday AM and call your elected US Representatives and Senators in their DC offices let them know Gulf War 1 (90-91) need the hill’s total effort! We need Senate and House Joint Hearings on Gulf War Illness, WE need action oriented legislation now for Gulf War Veterans who are ill and not getting the physical medical care and proper expedited claims granting. WE need to get not only Mr Letterman’s claim fully resolved but thousands of other Gulf War Veterans (90-91) claims! No more Delay, Denial, DEBATE! No more labeling Psychosomatic or stress that does not address the Complex hazardous toxic exposures they were subjected to in 1990-91.
The VA can not ignore the law that was passed thru the hard work by gulf war veterans who are ill in DC and across the country. Representative Manzullo of Illinois started that bill in the House of Representatives due to one of his local Gulf War Veterans that had gotten elected as Alderman becoming ill and dying! Rep Manzullo made a promise to the Gulf War Veteran’s widow and he fulfilled that promise!
His bill was worked by gulf war veterans who were ill being a part of a monthly meeting with Mr Manzullo and his staff and then despite being ill they went door to door seeking cosponsors to the bill. They had a record 2/3 of house sign on as cosponsor not only by the hill work but supported by gulf war veterans across the country emailing, writing and calling their own US representative from home. It was an effort done thru the Gulf War Veteran community totally.
The House VA committee at the time did not want to have a hearing on the bill since none of their committee had started this effort. But through contact with then Representative Gibbons(NV) who was a Gulf War Veteran AF pilot, wing commander, who was a member of the House VA Committee the Hearing on the legislation finally happened. The wording that they removed from the bill was and is highly significant it was " neurological autoimmune disorders" which would have covered the neurological and autoimmune disorders that we were and are seeing in gulf war veterans. It would have helped significantly to have that wording remain but cost factors were the deciding factor and studies to connect the prevalence.
This bill did become law in 1998 and this is the same law that should have been applied correctly through VA regional to VA DC Headquarters for Mr Letterman’s claim and tens of thousands of ill gulf war veterans. How long does it take to train claims personnel, adjudicators, and the VA throughout so that it is done properly and time effectively for the benefit of the Veterans?
WE ask the VA Secretary to step in now and resolve this mess not just for Mr Letterman but for all the ill gulf war veterans. He has the authority and ability to do this NOW!
Now see the interview yourself of Mr Letterman enroute to DC in his John Deer Tractor!