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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.
I challenge the US Representatives and Senators to stand firm for Frank Buckles and to also pass a law that will in the future honor the last surving member of any war or conflict by having that member of the service to lay in the US Capitol just as any state funeral! It is the least you could do!
GULF WAR VETERANS 90-91 reuniting by using facebook does your unit from the gulf war 90-91 have a FB page? And is there a GW90-91/desert storm/State Page to gather in your states!
VA RAC GWI MEETING FEB 28-MAR 1 in DC AGENDA AND DISCUSSION
Again the ill Gulf War Veterans are the ones doing the outreach and getting the word out, it is a shame they don't even provide grants for outreach work nor rooms for veterans to use when attending VA RAC GWI meetings. Nor do they encourage interaction and sharing of important health care providers and research being done at annual type meeting for Gulf War Researchers both Civilian and VA. Much less having Civilian and VA Providers also involved fully in caring for Gulf War Veterans. There is a need for these type meetings and meetings should be open to veterans. These meetings also need videoconferencing live and archived and available openly on the internet!
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a rateable condition by the VA that falls under gulf war illness. The gulf war veterans also have a researcher at VA Minneapolis, Dr Ron Bach studying Hypercoagulation in Gulf War Illness. So the following news article on medical research today on Blood clots and Inflammatory Bowel diseases/disorders needs to be circulated to the Gulf War Veterans and to the health care providers and researchers that are concerned about our gulf war veterans 1990-91. The take home highlights of the article are in Bold and underlined to draw your attention to what is the most important items in the research.
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.
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.
“I am encouraged that J.P. Morgan Chase has taken action to implement programs and policies that will help servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Their proactive steps in the wake of their recent violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) show they now understand the importance of this law and the servicemembers it protects.”
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.
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.
On the 28Th February 2011 at 10am, many veterans and supporters will be marching from the Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, Waterloo to Old Palace Yard, Westminster. This is to highlight the injustice suffered thus far by the Veterans of the 1990/1991 Gulf War. We believe the successive Governments since the end of the war until this anniversary (exactly 20 years to the day) have engaged with the Ministry Of Defence in denial and word play to negate proper testing, treatment and compensation for thousands who are blatantly ill, many with identical and similar conditions to each other and US Veterans of the same conflict. We need access to independently run chromosome tests; bone marrow depleted uranium tests; mercury testing; organo-phosphate testing and immune deficiency testing.
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.
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