Gulf War Veterans(90-91) Die Young and Are Ignored by DC


Gulf War 90-91 Veterans Demand Attention from DC! 

Gulf War Veterans Continuing DYING YOUNG!

We Call on the VA to Immediately start a Death Registry with names, ages, unit, cause of death, and Date of death.  Put it on the VA website so everyone can access it!  So everyone can be listed.  Let survivors notify you if their loved one is not listed and then VA can immediately help them get survivor benefits!  WE call on VA to investigate the causes of death in order to help Gulf War Veterans of 90-91 that are still alive and struggling!  Honor those that have died by serving their survivors and the living!


For the month of September we now have 30 deaths and September is not even over!  We have a total now of 8 that died in their 30’s and 12 that died in their 40’s this is way too young!  We have a total of 6 AF veterans, 2 USMC veterans, and 14 Army veterans that have died in September!

WE Remind all that theses names will be entered in Database that is open to all to review at  After compiling these names and data for 19 years.  One of our benefactors that has been a long time supporter of gulf war veterans paid and started that website and made sure that all the work of collecting the data by myself and sharing with the veterans community would not be lost or forgotten.  The data was printed off and turned in to the legislators on the hill in DC both Senate and House at the time of our Last hearing in the US Senate that involved Gulf War Illness Research and MS in gulf war veterans.  It was huge!  We are working to renew this data base with a new spread sheet to be adding the names and specifics by date and searchable.  If anyone knows of deaths of gulf war 90-91 veterans that are not on the list at that website or here on VT for more recent listings and have their obits please send that info to me [email protected] 

We also want to hear from the survivors of these gulf war veterans from 90-91.  We want you to know they will never ever be forgotten!  WE also want to know if you are receiving your survivor benefits or need anything, so please all add your comments to this story.  Please help us reach widely and have VA and the lawmakers in DC hear us.  We will fight for a bill and a law to make this happen since VA ignores us! 

ROLL CALL OF NAMES….Salute…Gun Barrage…Taps

26.   John Gorman, 45, IL, at his home, USAF

27.  Gretel Byers, 45, ID, at home bone cancer, USA

28.  Thomas Freemeyer,  47, at home with long illness, NC, Army, 82nd AB, Germany during Gulf War90-91

29.  Eron Disberry,  38, Somalia and Desert Storm, MI, USA 

30.   Johnathan Nash,  41, SC, USMC


 John Gorham
John Joseph Gorham, 45, of Dupo, Ill., born Oct. 31, 1963, in Bronx, N.Y., died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at his residence.
Mr. Gorham was formerly employed at AT&T in St. Louis, Mo. He was a member of St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church in St. Louis, Mo. He was a Gulf War U.S. Air Force veteran.
John was preceded in death by his father, John J. Gorham; his father-in-law, Joe Hawkins Jr.; and a brother-in-law, Steve Hawkins.  Surviving are his wife, Cindy, nee Hawkins, Gorham; children, Sean Michael Gorham of Belleville, Ill., and Kristen Cagle of Dupo, Ill.; his mother, Eileen M. Gorham of Yonkers, N.Y.; two sisters, Eileen (Dave) Ray and Sheila Gorham, both of Yonkers, N.Y.; mother-in-law, Sue Hawkins of Cahokia, Ill.; two nephews and a niece, John, Brian and Shannon Ray of Yonkers, N.Y. He was a dear nephew, cousin and friend.  Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church in St. Louis, Mo.
Visitation: Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at Braun Colonial Funeral Home, Cahokia, Ill. A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Funeral: Funeral procession to leave at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, from the funeral home for a 10 a.m. funeral mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church in St. Louis, Mo., with Father Steven Soos officiating. Interment in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.  BRAUN COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, Cahokia, Ill.

Gretel Byers  
Gretel Byers, 45, of Idaho Falls, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, after a difficult fight with advance bone cancer.  Gretel, an incredible wife, a loving mother of six beautiful children and grandmother to eight wonderful grandchildren, was always living life to the very fullest. Gretel was married to Mark Byers on Jan. 2, 1981, in Logan, Utah. During her lifetime, she attended four years of college, served in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War, served the community as an EMT, started and ran four different businesses, and was avidly involved with the local 4-H as a leader and animal lover.  Her life of service to her family and to her country brought honor and dignity to our name. With unwavering morals, solid Christian values, and an unwillingness to compromise, she pressed all those around her to be the best and brightest. Her legacy lives on in the lives of those she touched.  The family requests prayers and thoughts for Gretel’s mother, Margaret, who suffers the greatest loss. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at the Ammon Cemetery. The family will visit with friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, prior to leaving for the cemetery.  

Thomas Freemeyer  
Freemeyer, Thomas J. Age 47 died at his home in Ash N.C. after suffering from a long illness. He was born Feb.16, 1962 in Haxtun, Colorado, to Loretta and Gerald Freemyer. He moved with them to Dallas in 1968. He joined the army after high school, and went on to be in the 82nd Ranger Airborne out of Ft. Bragg, N.C. He was in Germany during the Gulf War. He leaves to mourn His Mother Loretta Freemyer Jennings, Stepfather, Morris Jennings, Brothers, Gary Freemyer, Steven Freemyer, and sister Debra Gomez, also step-brothers Russell Jennings, Scott Jennings, and sister Marla Williams, and his caretaker Mike Baines. Preceding him in death were his Father Gerald Freemyer, and older brother Bobbie Freemyer. Services will be held in Ash, N. C. at a later date. 

Eron W. Disberry, 38, US Army, Somalia & DesertShield, Swartz Creek, MI – 21 SEP 09

The family of Eron W. Disberry has invited the Patriot Guard to honor his service to our country.
Eron W. Disberry was born December 1, 1970 and served 10 years in the U.S. Army, having served in Somalia and Operation Desert Shield. Eron was the current VFW District 10 Commander, and the
Past Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3087, in Flint Township. Eron was employed by
the Genesee County Road Commission.  Location:
Sharp Funeral Home
8138 Miller Rd.
Swartz Creek, MI 48473

Jonathan Shea Nash
ANDERSON – Jonathan Shea Nash, 41, of  SC, formerly of Anderson, died Saturday, September 19, 2009.
Born June 1, 1968 in Bradenton, FL, he was the son of Dan and George Ann Nash of Anderson. He was a 1987 graduate of Oakwood Christian School and was a graduate of Lander College. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Desert Storm. Jon was a Lance Corporal in the Motorcycle Unit of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church.
Survivors include his daughter, Andrea Nash of Lockhart; parents of Anderson; sister, Tonya Nash Frare and husband, Brad of Thomasville, GA; brother, Alex Nash and wife, Joann of Anderson; niece, Erin Sullivan Best and husband, Danny of Anderson; and nephew, Ryan Sullivan of Anderson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Civic Center of Anderson conducted by Dr. Larry Pearson and Rev. Benny Bagwell. Burial will follow in the M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel, 3205 North Highway 81, Anderson. The family is at the home of his parents, Dan and George Ann Nash, 1800 Shackleburg Road, Anderson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Andrea Nash Educational Fund, c/o Peoples Bank, 1921 E. Greenville Street, Anderson, SC 29621.


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