By Denise Nichols STAFF WRITER/Editor
In my earlier article I mentioned the early cardiac events occurring. This article highlights a couple of the USAF that are speaking up about this problem. There is a need to speak of the anniversary but the bigger need is to get the media to focus on what has happened to the Gulf War Veterans Health since the war!
It is with the old nurse’s dedication that I plea with all if you are having a reunion with your group that you served with a good activity is the health surveys that are critically important. Go Back to your units and form a health coordination and action group and get this organized on your face book pages and at your reunions. Share and circulate information. Collect the data as you reconnect your members for your reunions. Share links to claims help and to gulf war illness information. Appoint your data collectors, your report writers, your public affairs, your information and communications point of contact, we need contact people identified for each unit.
We need you to know the gulf war veterans that have been out there advocating need your assistance and efforts now and in the future. We also can provide speakers, medical researchers, etc to attend your reunions. We need you to notify us of your reunion date, unit, location in theater, and if you want experts to plan to be there and that you will allow medical researchers to have time to speak.
I volunteer to publish your reunion data and also to coordinate getting medical researchers or others to your reunions if so desired. My contact is [email protected]
Here is the article on our AIr Force Desert Storm Veterans: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/desert-36904-storm-anniversary.html
Guess the writer should sound a bit of medical alert and also ask for fellow Gulf War Veteran Females to speak up. Yes seems to be an uptick going on with Female Veterans having Breast Cancer. Here is an update from the female veteran who was a POW in Gulf War 1.
Encourage all to be aware and get your mammograms and do your checks! You can contact me at [email protected] and a facebook page for Female Gulf War Veterans getting the diagnosis of Breast Cancer would be a good place to start tracking. What is needed would be if you have been diagnosed sign in, let us start a registry age at diagnosis, unit assigned, location in theater, nondeployed unit and exposure factors. This would at least give us a start on registry and provide a collecting point to share and support!
Now all that is needed is that Volunteer Gulf War Veteran 1990-91 to serve as Coordinator and get this done and rolling.