The VA Task Force on Gulf War Veterans/Illness can be viewed at www.va.gov.
The input you each have is critically important and all veterans should submit their comments at this forum on line at http://yourgulfwarvoice.uservoice.com/forums/44931-issue-1-leverage-deployment-health-working-group
This is your chance to put in your own suggestions for improvements to Gulf War Veterans Care and Gulf War Illness! The area also allows you to vote on suggestions, so at least do that!!!
Follow the full discussion and discussion points and add your insights!!! I suggest you start with the last one and then go backwards up the list, since there is less input.
My desire is over the next 24 hours to really get input to this forum! I am upset that the VA did this task force report and yet has not mailed out the Gulf War Information newsletter to inform all the veterans of this task force report and a method to really get all gulf war veterans involved by a total mail out to all 700,000 deployed in 1990-91.
They did not even notify the veterans by placement of posters at VA Clinics or Hospitals or at VA regional offices. This is a sorry mechanism to show outreach by relying on a website or an announcement on the Federal Registry. How many veterans knew of this process or have access to a computer or internet?
How many VSOs notified the gulf war veterans they knew? How many special mailings were made by VSOs or announcements on their websites? Or notices at VSO posts or in post newsletters.
How many TV stations gave coverage? How many radio talk shows? How many local newspapers or even major city newspapers covered this request for input to the VA Task Force Report?
Did The VA even try by fully activating their massive Public Affairs ability? How about DOD did they do anything to get the word out?
Another failure by the VA to communicate with gulf war veterans. Another failure to truly outreach to the Gulf War Veterans of 1990-91 who have suffered for 20 years and countless gulf war veterans have died and their families have no way to input to suggestions for improvement!
Countless Veterans from the gulf war 1990-91 have auto immune disorders, ALS, MS, Cancers, undiagnosed illnesses, cardiovascular, renal, lung, bowel, reproductive disorders, endocrine, neurological problems, blood disorders, early alzthemiers symptoms, neurological cognitive disorders and are still awaiting acknowledgement from their own government.
Asking all for help in getting this information to all veterans and veteran family members ASAP. You have 24 hourse to try and make a Difference!