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Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Defense Barred, Gulf War Illness News

A military judge has barred Maj. Nidal Hasan from using “the defense of others” legal strategy to justify allegedly killing 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 17, 2013

The U.S. Veterans Affairs department says it has hit a “tipping point,” cutting its monstrous backlog of disability claims by 74,000 since late April, yet agency critics contend that growing throngs of ex-troops waiting for injury compensation in ...

Report Redefines How Care and Services Are Provided to Gulf War...

Today, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced that the Department’s Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force will publish a comprehensive draft report in the Federal Register for public feedback and comment.

Treatment of Gulf War Veterans Examined

Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs examined the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) commitment to treating the health-related problems associated with Gulf War veterans.

Airborne Toxins: The Direct Cause of Gulf War Illnesses

It is staggering the type and amount of different illnesses Gulf War Veterans have but the VA will not recognize or grant disability because no direct link can be established.

VA Supports Gulf War Veterans on Multiple Fronts

It has now been 22 years since the start of the 1990-1991 Gulf War which comprises the deployment and combat operations known as Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Abandonment of Gulf War Veterans 90-91 Must Stop

One of the documents that was released at the VA RAC GWIR meeting in Boston this past Monday and Tuesday has more appendices and proof but the basic report provides all the details that are needed.

Ill Gulf War Veterans Demand Action from US Senate

The VA Research Advisory Committee meeting from June 18-19 in Boston was a firestorm that has been ignited.

VA Gulf War Task Force Report Released

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released the second in a series of annual reports from its Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Task Force, outlining how the department will address the concerns of Veterans deployed during the Gulf War of 1990-1991.

Former Navy Doctor spearheading “Remote Medicine Initiative” to Pakistan

Let me introduce you to Dr. Gary Levin. Dr. Levin was in the US Navy from 1969 to 1971 serving as a general medical officer. He was in an amphibious group, and served on the USS Jeneau, LPD 10.

Urgent Call To All Citizens To Help Gulf War Veterans Get...

Gulf War Veterans and their families are becoming the forgotten veterans and they need phone calls to all US Representatives offices in DC by the deadline of next week March 15.

Google+ Plus and the L-Shaped Ambush (Part two)

In my earlier writings about the Google+ platform I suggested to my readers that this Google product was perhaps the most significant leap in social media technology since the invention of the telephone.

Mitt Romney – Ted Kennedy and Veterans Milking Cows

Years later, I found out that the anonymous donor was Romney. Out of his own pocket he did this.

New Online Group for Out of Work Veterans

I was sent an email by a veteran who had lost his job last summer, and has been searching hard for a place to find work.

Muslim Christian Jew, Extremism is Extremism

I recently read a story online about a little 8-year old girl from Israel and the trouble she encounters just going to her local elementary school everyday because some ultra-orthodox Jews living in a city called Beit Shemesh take offense to the way she dresses .

Homeless Veterans need to Stand Up – Not Stand Down

Almost 20 years ago I met a combat Vietnam Veteran named Robert Van Keuren and his partner in crime Dr. Jon Nachison both advocates like me doing work for homeless veterans in San Diego.

Prosthetic’s for Peace. The costs of Land Mines and War.

A friend of mine called and said: We should try to find ways to advance ourselves with our allies and even our perceived enemies by sharing our knowledge of prosthetics.

Veterans Support Organization

I was searching the internet the other day and came across a story online about a group collecting money for homeless Veterans outside a shopping center.

“Occupy HUD” Movement Gains Traction

Forget about Occupy Wall Street. My readers and other Veteran Advocates nationwide say "Occupy HUD" and ask How many Iraqi or Afghanistan Combat Wounded Veterans Live in HUD Subsidized or Disability Housing?

Hundreds Sign Up 4 Veterans Hotline

As my readers already know, I volunteer once a month for the Veterans Hotline. This is a two-hour commitment and I will be "On Station" from 5am to 7am, the third Monday of each month.

2011 Marine Corps 236th Birthday Message

The Continental Marines were the Marine Force of the American Colonies during the American Revolutionary War.

Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans To Meet in DC

The National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition will be holding their annual board meeting and Lunch Celebration that kicks off the activities that takes place during Veterans’ Day Activities.

Veterans Suicide – Ken Smith on Iran’s Press TV

Military suicides have increased since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a study conducted by the Center for a New American Security.

“When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless”

There are hidden wounds soldiers have always experienced upon returning home from every war- this documentary will shed Light and Healing on these many issues through the Voices of Veterans and their Families.

“Traumatic Brain Injury and the Great Lie”

I recently was invited by a good friend who lives in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts to participate in a panel discussion about PTSD and TBI .

Tribes of the Veterans who are Homeless

After founding and then running a shelter for homeless veterans for a number of years, I began to see patterns of pathology among the clients.

Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses

A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems.

Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses

Health problems associated with military service during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn and related VA benefits

Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses

Health problems associated with military service during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn and related VA benefits

Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses

A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems.

Gulf War (90-91) Facebook Projects Update

Veterans are finding new skills and new methods to information share. Gulf war veterans and Gulf War era veterans are developing projects to collect and share information via Facebook. The project http://polldaddy.com/s/770F1DBB56742059 is one example. Veterans are asking for assistnace to get the word out to their fellow veterans.

Gulf War Veterans/Desert Storm Forming Up on Facebook

The effort to get a Force Multiplier for Gulf War Veterans is gaining strength through Community Building on Facebook.

New Social Networking Effort Benefits Gulf War Veterans

Veterans Today has encouraged gulf war veterans to set up face book pages for their gulf war 90-91 Desert Storm by service branch/and specific units......gulfwar/desertstorm/specific unit.

US Veterans Left to Fight Post-War Demons Alone

American soldiers who return from Iraq are often left to adjust to life after service all by themselves, struggling to make sense of and justify the deaths caused by the war.

Veteran’s Administration Information

Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests.

Check your Vitamin D Levels-More Research

Vitamin D insufficiency has been associated with a variety of clinical disorders and chronic diseases, including impaired balance, decreased muscle strength, mood and cognitive dysfunction, autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes (types 1 and 2), and certain forms of cancer," the authors write as background information in the article.

Research Showing Clues to Protect Neurons

Cell biologists pondering the death of neurons - brain cells - said that by eliminating one ingredient from the cellular machinery, they prolonged the life of neurons stressed by a pesticide chemical. The finding identifies a potential therapeutic target to slow changes that lead to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases

ALERT: VA Salisbury NC Trying to Decrease Backlog of Claims

The VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, which includes all of North Carolina and parts of Virginia and West Virginia, is the only VA network in the nation using the “blitz” method to clear its backlog. The network is behind on about 4,000 to 5,000 requests, LaPuz said. “Salisbury by itself is caught up, and now we’re trying to help out our sister facilities,” he said. “In three weeks — one week a month for the next three months — we expect to complete about 1,500 exams.” The goal is to complete these exams within 30 days from the date Starting this week, W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury is taking on a growing backlog of compensation and pension (C&P) exams during what staff term a “blitz” of three one-week sessions. The hospital, along with eight others in the VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, is dedicating up to 80 percent of its primary care appointment schedule to the exams March 7-11, April 11-15 and May 9-13.

Latest Taps Desert Storm Veterans

We want to continue to honor our Gulf War Veterans and recognize their early deaths, it has only been 20 years since the Gulf War/Operation Desert Storm. WE are concerned that they are dying too early and still call for national registries of diagnosed illness deaths and the undiagnosed illnesses. This data could prove helpful to health care providers, medical researchers, and the veterans and their families in being proactive in their health concerns.

The Crisis Point For Gulf War Illness

It is 20 years since the Gulf War 1990-91, Operation Desert Storm(US), and our British Coalition Forces that are suffering with Gulf War Illness/es stood tall in London and welcomed the other coalition members that served and are also part of the unfolding health crisis of Post Gulf War Service. This crisis involved the largest ever number of veterans that have been affected by their service in the most Hazardous Toxic Soup of Environmental Exposures in any war.