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Here is a chance for veterans to be in a controlled study with a highly respected physician and researcher. By the way this is one of the doctors that helped contribute their knowledge and be interviewed for the new book by Arnold Mann that will be available to be ordered next week. The book: THEY"RE POISONING US : From The Gulf War To The Gulf of Mexico, AN INVESTIGATIVE REPORT again is expected to be available to order next week, VT will keep you informed on further developments.We encourage veterans to participate and help yourselves and your fellow veteran by doing so. We in the veteran community are advocating for each of you to get diagnostic and treatment trials that are good to you. You have to do your part and follow up and be a participant. Sometimes we also need controls that could be friends, family members, other veterans that are not ill and we encourage you to help also to find others that can serve as controls. This is the second study in a couple of months that are new researchers that have asked us to get the word out. Treatment trial for gulf war illness.
On Monday, February 14, House Republicans introduced a Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) to fund the federal government for the last seven months of the fiscal year while cutting $61 billion in current year spending. The bill proposes to cut $2.6 billion in funding provided to care for America's veterans
As we look at twenty years since the Gulf War 1990-91/Operation Desert Storm the writer has to wonder have we made headway? The writer wants the President, the VA, the DOD, the legislators both US Senators and Representatives to hear from the veterans that counted on our government to do the right thing morally and ethically. If we had really been tuned into the history of the veterans of World War 1, Atomic Veterans, and Agent Orange Veterans we would not have been so deceived. Maybe the All Volunteer Force would not have been reality. Maybe a draft would still be in affect. But the troops felt it a DUTY, A Sacred Duty to serve their country. They were well educated and trained. Many were college graduates, almost all had completed high school and had a beginning on college level education, in total a different profile than the Vietnam Veterans. Many had families with military traditions and service.
Depleted Uranium use since Operation Desert Storm is not just a health issue for Gulf War Veterans in the US but all coalition forces and endemic populations that are left to deal with the affects for billions of years. This is an international issue that has seen the UN and WHO involved.
Parkinson's Disease has been an issue of concern for Vietnam Veterans but the concern on pesticide (organophosphates) exposure and Gulf War Veterans should be tracked closely for rate of occurrence in the next generation of veterans. Developments in this research also highlights the need to examine mitrochrondial damage in the Gulf war veterans.
For years I have tracked those that were nondeployed and talked to hundreds of these veterans. As I also communicate with civilian groups with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Chronic Fatigue/ME I wonder if the civilian sufferers have looked as closely as possibly as they should have at vaccines and environmental triggers. There are huge numbers of civilians suffering and they have their own groups and Advisory Committee. Dr Klimas is one of the researchers that has taken a lead role for civilians and the gulf war veterans at the University of Miami and the Miami VA. She is a researcher that is pushing ahead and all of us need to keep an eye on her research in both fields.
Encourage all the Veterans to get on facebook and form unit pages NOW. Use the Social Medium! List OIF/specific unit/location. Start now to reform your units virtually, do health surveys, use your military organization skills ie admin, family support, intel officer, communications, Claims help, referral network, and etc. Find all your unit members now. Put up surveys that can be done and compiled to take forward to the hill and to the media. It is time you all come together because the WAR AFTER THE WAR is more brutal that you can imagine!
So much is going on behind the scenes and time to update all American Citizens and especially the Gulf War/Desert Storm Veterans. It has been 20 years and there are battle lines on the isue of Gulf War illness not just in the US but with each coalition force that were part of the Coalition that went to Saudi/Iraq 1990-91. But with the US government being the main Log Jam to getting information out.
What is needed now is an urgency in medical care and clear cut solutions to the VA claims for the total group of gulf war veterans. Not endless investigations that go now where to addressing the critical need for action to get their claims through and at the same time a true need for the best medical diagnosis and care and treatment. Which includes using the best cutting edge medical work now. The effort at UTSW Medical Center in Dallas was stopped at a critical junction. Efforts to get the truth on how many cancers and what types that the gulf war veterans are enduring and dying from NOW is needed for the medical care providers and the veterans. The same can be said for how many have died or experienced cardiac infarctions, cardiac surgery, stroke data, DVT data, pulmonary embolism, renal problems, GI diagnostic data, Liver diagnostic data, respiratory system data, and the rest of all the diagnostic illnesses is needed now!
Most recent published pilot research project on Gulf War Illness by combined research between University of Miami, Miami VA and University of Alberta in Canada is showing a complex disorder involving the nervous, endocrine and immune regulation systems points stronger to an auto immune component to Gulf War Illness. This was a small pilot study to test their hypothesis which involved 9 Gulf War Veteran and 11 control subjects, but it does appear to confirm their connection. It also boost the gulf war veterans that this is indeed REAL. Autoimmune disorders can involve the total of body systems and the list of autoimmune disorders are quite numerous.
Traumatic Brain Injury a signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the focus of medical research meeting in DC. March 7th targeted to bring researchers and government and military medicine together to tackle the issue of finding new therapie for the newest and youngest veterans of this country. So while the hunt goes on for 20 years on Gulf War Illness and to find help for those veterans that have waited, those veterans were also the first to stand up and push to help the youngest group in hope they will not have as longer of a wait as previous wars.
Gulf War Veterans 1990-91/ Desert Storm Veterans that are suffering from gulf war illness are searching for answers and only through their own continual push to find answers has there been a response at all from their government. Through their efforts a law was passed to get the Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illness which meets February 28- March 1 in Washington DC. Their efforts have led to the push for research into biomarkers, the best diagnostic tools, and possible treatment modalities for their illnesses. Dr Bach at the Minneapolis Va has been busy examining their blood for clues and has found some clues and has found so far they have a low level chronic coagulation activation problem. Dr Martin Pall in Washington State is working on oxidative stress as a problem in chronic fatigue, gulf war illness and other undiagnosed illnesses. Dr Bach's research continues and publication of his findings are eagerly awaited. The VA RAC GWI has also reviewed the chronic inflammatory nature of these illnesses at their last meeting in Boston.
Organophosphate (OP) nerve agents such as sarin, soman, tabun, and O-ethyl S-[2-(diisopropylamino) ethyl] methylphosphonothioate (VX) do not react solely with acetylcholinesterase (AChE). Evidence suggests that cholinergic-independent pathways over a wide range are also targeted, including serine proteases. These proteases comprise nearly one-third of all known proteases and play major roles in synaptic plasticity, learning, memory, neuroprotection, wound healing, cell signaling, inflammation, blood coagulation, and protein processing.
What does Gulf War Veterans and Super Bowl Have in Common? Twenty years ago our military active duty and reservists placed on active duty and many reserve units working on mandays/active duty time for reserve manning stateside, in route flying missions, overseas in Europe and other middle east countries, and at home bases were all doing their sworn duty for the United States Military. They remember where they were and the Super Bowl in 1991, the question is does the American Public at large remember them? We remember the scud alarms going off on that day vividly. When they came home they were reporting in ill but America did not hear much and if they did it was just because they happenned to hear something on the news on television occassionally or occassionally saw something in the newspaper. America was busy and may have missed one of the largest stories of the need for veterans in its modern history.
After returning home from Iraq in 1992, John Lurker struggled to restart a normal life. By Seth Augenstein/The Star-Ledger The Desert Storm Army veteran changed...
Dr Chia research article from Journal of Clinical Pathology on enterovirus and a cancer needs to be shared widely at the Department of Veterans Affairs and circulated to all health care providers. Our only chance with beating cancer is TIME. Adequate diagnostic tests to rule out cancers for our Desert Storm Veterans and our newest veterans from OIF/OEF is a must and we all must be proactive and knowledgeable and that includes our patients and their family members!
Gut problems for Desert Storm Veterans listed as IBS for VA Claims. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a symptom that can be explored to get more answers. Referrals need to be made to rule out Cancers and other diseases ie Crohn's Disease. The Department of Veterans Affairs need to have a more active, proactive stance for the veterans and needs to have information flow improve and made easier for Health Care Providers and Medical Researchers. There needs to be more SOPs and updates circulated to all the VA facilities nationwide.
Judge Roger Vinson—who ruled Health Care reform unconstitutional—decided against veterans in an infamous case that stunned veterans across the nation (Schism v. United States, 02-1226),...
Yesterday, the VA held an important conference call on how New GI Bill 2.0 will empower them to improve processing and delivery of education...
The lines are drawn between the two new congressional Veterans' Affairs committee chairs—House VA Committee's Rep. Jeff Miller, and the Senate VA Committee's Sen. Patty Murray. Rep. Miller (R-Fla) has...
This happened last Sunday. An Iraq veteran lives across the street from a church and decided to wave a gun as people arrived for...
From the VietnamVetWives Dear Secretary Shinseki,I met with the Institute of Medicine at their open session Dec.16th 2010. I presented evidence showing a connection between...
Cancer Patient's Life Now Hangs in Balance As He Awaits Stem Cell Replacement Update: Veteran's health insurance restored after 2-cent brouhaha By Russell Haythorn, KMGH News THORNTON,...
President Obama’s State of the Union Address showed the president is out of touch with the rough reality facing veterans, and failed to produce a...
Call for education and action on gulf war illness.
VA Doctors in Salt Lake City missing in action. Exceptional Conference on Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue/ME. With one out of four Gulf War 1 Veterans ill at least, one would think that the VA in Salt Lake City would be in attendance and that they would encourage and notify their patients at the VA with Fibromyalgia to attend this conference.
Yet Another notice as we look back on 20 years since the Gulf War. No one can really tell us how many Gulf War Veterans have died since Operation Desert Storm and at what age, what cause of Death, unit assigned, or location in theater. The Gulf War veterans will do it again for themselves! We need to be sure that each of the survivors and any dependent children get the help and benefits that were earned.
Us Representative from Connecticut pledges help for Gulf War Veterans but is this really happenning