debunking the Special Assistant
for Gulf War Illnesses
- Updated: August 17th,
- Come join our Organization as we
face down the agency that lies about
- Gulf War issues. Deployment
Health Support Directorate
- 1995 - 20,000,000 Gulf War
military records declassified
1996 - 6,000,000 files given to OSAGWI to put on website
- 1996 - 1,700,000 files are
1997 - 42,943 put up on gulflink.osd.mil website
- At a cost of $150,000,000 less
than .007% of the Gulf War Military
- records have been declassified
for public release. 16 years later
- 99.993% is classified ,
and the Pentagon has vowed to reclassify
- these records. This include
Confidential Records that should have
- been released at the 15 year
- On February 14th 1999 I
sent OSAGWI a FOIA asking for the bulk
- of its records names
be declassified, and sent to me. I received a
- partial reply from General
Vesser in a box with 2,877 pages, and
- two CD's. On the CD was
the Structured database file and other part
- was a unstructured file. Again,
only of the 42,943 files on the
- public server. In the Nov
5th1999 response letter from OSAGWI to
- me they explained they were
processing the classified portion of the
- log sheets for me. That was the
last I ever heard from them on paper
- concerning this FOIA. It
remains mostly unanswered to this day
- on the other 6,000,00 files.
database file of 42,943 files
response to me concerning partial response to FOIA
- The Pentagon hides behind
Executive Order 13292 so that the bulk
- of what happened in the Gulf
remains hidden from the public. Except
- this is criminal intent to
withhold information of neglect, misconduct,
- mishandling, and much worse
during the Gulf War. The very same
- people who say nothing happened
are the ones with full knowledge
- of those records, and vow to
conceal them at all cost. The same people
- who lead us back to Iraq again
under false terms, and created yet another
- disaster to live
- There should be FULL public
disclosure, and we have the right to know
- what really happened in Iraq
from 1990 to present.
How to complain to Veteran
Affairs about your health care
August 17th, 2017
VA’s Processing of Gulf War Illness Claims
July 13th 2017 hearing to GAO
This was a frustrating hearing for me.
It had a small build up
in the news the week before, and even the day it was happening
no one could get a straight answer on where, when and how.
The website said it was rescheduled, and the staffers didnt put
out information about it till the hearing had been under way 5
The information was wrong and I I finally back doored it on
on a different channel. So you can tell they wanted this to fail.
The stunning part for me was the GAO had either been mislead
outright or simply didnt care facts where missing. Noticeably that
in 2009 a VA gulf war healthcare and benefits committee had
addressed the failings of CFR 3.317 in its final report. That at
time the rejection rate was 75% on CFR 3.317. I know, because
I helped create that information for my committee. I contacted the
GAO over it to find them trite and indifferent about this fact.
Why is it important? Because the recommendations are flawed and
let VA off the hook. That they should train there staff better to
this antiquated law verbatim, and better outreach. Instead of
what I had been saying for 8 years that the title of this law
If you use the UDX and MCI phrase, its designed to fail the ICD 9
codification simply by being a diagnosed condition even if wrong.
Then in the veterans defense they put a former research committee
member on the stand to talk about this that had nothing to do with
it from then to this year. Was not part of the RAC's agenda, or
of its charter to address it. But, it was the ACGWV's which
has tried to bury and suppress these last 8 years including the
My committee made recommendations in 2009 that VA ignored,
hid our report and website from the public. Nothing went forward
changed or changed. Now its 2017 and CFR 3.317 failure rate
exceeds 90% or more around the country. VA got what it wanted,
ignored the report and got worse on all of it. With nothing in
to oversight that fact. Not the RAC's job.
Is anyone suggesting a VA federal committee be reinstated to deal
with gulf war health and benefits, NO. All we have is the RAC in
to deal with research, and no other options - venues - or
channels with VA on ANYTHING else. The crowd that follows that is
all to happy to keep things status quo to promote themselves even
if it destroys any last opportunities to make real progress here.
very people who help create this black hole all these years.
For 3 years Ive tried to deal with PL 105-368, and get it amended
make it current. Now others are screwing that up with personal
and jeopardizing that outcome. I know, for 8 months Ive been
others who are now trying to break ranks to promote themselves as
brilliant - and making the same dam mistakes they make every year.
You cant make progress if you dont have objective people in the
to go forward, and once again opportunist are taking possible
and making them fail for the wrong reasons. Which is so clear in
media of late.
Well, Im not a moron and have been on point for years now. Sooner
later others conduct and methods should become more transparent.
I got my testimony on the record with the subcommittees and a
trail of events up to now to show others what really happened. The
right now hinges on how much common sense is left in the DC arena
to follow fact, method, and outcome to logical solutions.
But, as long as CFR 3.317 starts with UDX / MCI, it will continue
as it is and VA wants that. Get a couple more years of denials and
a 100,000+ veterans off the books. To save a dollar. Ive been on
this for more than 8 years now, and sooner or later the obvious
once others are done trying to alter reality to suit there
March 15th, 2017
Outright criminal intent, EO
13526 as of
November 4th, 2010, and the
espionage act of 1917.
Its pretty clear now America has lost
control of its core value
system and digressed into a really dark place these days.
There is a reason to keep public records public when it comes
to our government, to make sure elected officials comply with
the letter of intent to be in office. When corruption arises,
of this is meant to correct it - not prolong it.
As of November 4th 2010 a Executive Order was signed that extended
technicalities of government record to exceed the 25 year mark.
Now they can go from 50 years to 75 years because of human
intelligence operatives, weapons of mass destruction, and needing
special permission. Only, this now is a blanket designed to also
cover up our long term bungling of issues in the middle east.
On top of it elected officials hide behind the Espionage act of
so they can silence whistle blowers the last 7 years. Effectively
silencing those that want to come forward over corruption in DC.
NARA has taken advantage of this to limit the reading room and
you can no longer reach a real person or the director by phone.
So FOIA's are now get cryptic responses designed to confuse
people even more how to get special permission for release of
information in unique cases.
Effectively, all Gulf War Records that should have been released
by Feb 2017 are now reclassified till the year 2042. Long after
those that committed any government crimes have passed on.
Putting current public officials outside the hands of the DOJ in
life times and thwarting any pursuit of them via DOJ. Worse, also
making sure no one can pursue them either.
Changes to Executive Order 13526 in November 2010 were not
designed to protect national security. It was a blatant attempt to
thwart the general public from knowing wrong doings in our system.
The abuse of the Espionage Act of 1917 is now a smoke screen
to throw at any would be actions to investigate, and keep people
from asking questions about our government. To silence the masses,
which they have done. The Gulf War is absolute proof of this. If
so well, why is 99% of it classified to the year 2042. Does that
like it went smooth, and by the book? Millions of records either
for 50 years or mostly destroyed by now.
With no public outcry, this opened the doors to darker things to
come. Wherein opportunist in public office see a chance to use
the same technicalities in other arenas. This will expand and grow
like a cancer since people choose to ignore it.
My hands are tied, and I cant get anything done on any of this. Im
a product of 25 year old policy actions that crippled my life and
a limited amount of others rich and comfortable at my and others
expense. They are above the law, and the Orwellian aspects of this
are most unpleasant to live with now. If you served in the Gulf
in essence - shut up, hurry up and die.
Bring in the new year?
Some of us could not
except that 2016 was the final
answer on GW issues. Cold silence wasnt it. The missed
chance of amending PL 105-368 and PL 105-277 was not
going to end with the now past anniversary. This 20 year old law
should have been revamped years ago, and the HVAC did
not make it happened as promised.
Now a new effort is under way to take our cue from the
Senate Appropriations report last year. In 114-237 it was
decided 38 CFR 3.317 did not serve the veterans needs
and quoted a conservative 80% still not getting connected
with this law.
While all this was going on I lost my 3rd molar. The tooth
broke and I had no resources to deal with it. I reached out
to the veteran communication council here in Waco to find
them silent. Called Waco and Temple VAMC's, only to get
a cold "we cant help you" responses.
VA still stands by its bad dental laws wherein if your less
than 100% they can refuse to help you. Means the ER
will turn you away.
Its happened on a Friday, and by Tuesday I finally made
it into a dental clinic to be seen. Only to find myself facing
thousands in dental work. It would be Thursday before the
tooth would be extracted. Nearly a week.
A handful of folks in the GW crowd came to my aid under the
guise of GoFundme. From that we got enough to get the
extraction done. With a little towards 2 other procedures.
The alarming thing for me is this is disease related, and in no
way will it be tracked or reported by VA. Ive lost 3 molars
in the last few years and bone degeneration which is leading
to more loses. How many thousands are like me right now
that VA is not tracking due to a technicality. Like similar dental
losses beyond that of the general public. Another possible
disease trend ignored by flaws in the system.
Pretty much all the Gulf War laws on the books do not serve
the current situation or our plights. Much of it has been
into something else. Hand written internal executive VA memos
circumvent progress. Deployment health has taken every opportunity
to diffuse the issues by white washing deployments by name and
lump everyone into one big pool. As they did with the IOM study of
ALS in the military, when it was first contracted as ALS in the
War veterans and the title changed.
Congress is in flux, and this maybe a hard year to get any laws
passed. Will take diligence and persistence to keep up with it all
and make it happen. All the while the legacy government personnel
out there work to thwart this and keep the agenda back in 1995.
I for one would also like to see the dental care added to Gulf War
benefits for the near 100,000 or more non-service connected GW
vets that probably have similar issues. Because they should not
have to foot the bill like this to save a buck at there expense.
already been so degrading for them not getting any help these last
26 years. When do we stop punishing these vets for serving in this
region and ignoring our medical care year after year.
December 18th, 2016
Play down the 1991 Gulf War
bury the past
What a disappointing year this was. As
the last of the GWI advocates
were driven from Washington DC, overall the effort was to go
about the war 25 years ago. What little was done in the media was
strictly pro Bush supporters talking about what as success it was.
Really? A ongoing 25 year occupation, the disastrous 2003 invasion
and betrayal of those troops that kept being sent back tour after
tour. The whole new era of veterans living with that legacy. Only
have ISIS rise up and ruin all that work. With a 2 trillion dollar
price tag hanging over America for it all.
So many betrayals over this. The deliberate efforts to
classify the 6 million records from 25 years ago. So that all
that committed war crimes die of old age before any of this
Your poor, your screwed if you went. Your rich, you had a economic
finger to cash in and run - with a total break down of the
aspects of war time policy. Complete abuse of what is classified
what should not be.
The largest demolition since WWII happened right between the 3rd
and 1st AD. A explosion 10 times the size of Khamasiyah that
mulitcolored smoke for 2 days. I know, I saw it, told OSAGWI, and
OSAGWI never investigated it. All because there was no video
that surfaced. It was buried with evidence from 44,000 other
OSAGWI report file -
( courtesy Steve Robinson, former OSAGWI employee )
The report is also incorrect because my unit location information
also wrong. My CRUR data shows us more inwards towards Kuwait
and not even tracking those that went further north. The point is
see surface details around it from the edge of the mesa, and you
see that 35 kilometers away. This was less than 3 miles for sure.
The original 697,000 that deployed do not even have safe guards in
place to publicly track disease trends and cancers. Then as one
begin so surface the Whitehouse coldly rejects service connecting
brain tumors. Making it clear the price tags isnt worth it?
How cold and unfeeling all this is for folks like myself. No one
wants to talk about this war and certainly not help those of us
that live in a kind unfair isolation as if we did something wrong.
A all volunteer army that did our jobs, left Saddam in place which
none of us liked, and came back home to be forgotten.
Keep in mind people, if your going to betray your military like
this - they may not want to serve in the next war. Kind of hard to
get people to volunteer to be betrayed. That anything that happens
to them will be covered up, and they are shunned after that. This
is not what the founding fathers wanted of any standing army in
the 1700's. The very things Jefferson warned against.
Its been a horrible year health wise for me. Im trying to deal
my own issues. No one is asking me any question or tracking
my issues. The congestive heart failure is getting bad as is the
GI and other problems. Normal things dont help. Getting so
I cant even go near tap water with filtration on it. Limited to
distilled water. Ugh. Im trying to get better, but my body keeps
changing what works on me and what makes it worse. Im running
out if ideas and certainly options.
Unless Trump is going to clean up the military records system in
2017 there isnt much hope for GW vets. Those records show what
happened to us and have been suppressed for so long now. Its
a long shot this cabinet would defy a less than proud tradition of
selling out the military, but Trump isnt a veteran and in the past
non-Military Presidents didnt ruffle those feathers.
The house committees that opposed VA and DOD have been gutted
with the elections. The dissenting voices driven out. Leaving VA
be even more braisen and abusive. No fear of legislation to force
them to do right or amend PL 105-368 that VA totally abused.
Spending unchecked and hidden in red tape. All the while coddling
a bizarre hatred for Gulf War vets, and legacy personnel carrying
grudges keeping 1995 ideas alive.
What did veterans like myself ever do to deserve all this? Why is
justice is so out of pace with the law of averages? How can the
military function long term if its going to keep pouring millions
angry veterans back onto the streets to be stepped on? Serving
4, 5, 6 tours to these horrible regions. Your a severely damaged
person by then after years and years of being surrounded by
people trying to drive you out or kill you every day. Who comes
back normal from years of something that is not.
Our military should not be treated in this fashion, and a
army deserves real respect for what it does - not the pail lip
we get and the mock interest. This whole chapter of American
is a shame, embarrassment, and insult to those that died doing
jobs so it can be neglected this way.
If Donald Trump wants to be a great President, let him change this
farce and undo the sad legacy of the last 25 years under the the
presidents who completely screwed up the middle east.
May 2nd, 2016
RAC meeting in April, groveling at
The proposed intent was to shake up
the Gulf War Research
committee, and give them fresh perspective. Instead
its quite clear VA pushed the committee to play up the defunct
IOM, WRIISC, and that terrible doctor Stephen Hunt. All for the
purpose of continuing the tired, bitter, lack luster campaign of
Better ideas? More like insulting steps backwards to 1995.
How completely unoriginal, and a true fraud of tax payer dollars
to take such horrendous steps like these. The RAC was subverted
strictly with the intent of getting rid of all people who did
with VA's criminal mishandling of GWI issues all these years.
The RAC should be relabled IOM 2, and out to contract the IOM
to do even worse studies than in the past. Peer Review means
little when the studies are designed to fail or not look for
ideas. The bias of VA contracts, and the IOM not wanting to
offend its meal ticket makes this such a bad idea. Plenty of
useless IOM reports that show this.
During public comments I spoke some of my piece, and was
dismayed at how quickly things fell apart to include protocols.
WRIISC had to chime in to defend itself, and burn up veteran
comment time. Chairman lost control of the meeting, and the
audience had to declare "point of order" as the RAC burned the
clock on public comments. I was offended by all this, and the
unprofessional manner this all played out.
- New RAC meeting, running off the old
29th the RAC had its first meeting with its new staff, and
- gave up on the last of the old
members it could get rid of. The meeting
- centered around the WRIISC, and
how it was trying to take a new
- direction with its
- What really came through was the
WRIISC was business as usual.
- A one time visit program
designed to fail like it has the last 13 years.
- Its charter and function a
complete bastardization of PL 105-368 for
- which it was created in 1998.
Keeping in mind VA stalled its formation
- till 2002.
- The DC, Palo Alto, and New
Jersey clinics were quite prideful even
- though they have no successful
research or treatment program. There
- new shining example the
"polyphenol study", grape juice. You would
- have to drink a 1,000 gallons a
day to get enough to benefit you.
- Bioflavanoids are great, except
you cant get enough of them in nature.
- The study is designed to fail so
VA can keep saying "We dont know".
- What did they turn there noses
up at? A negative dietary impact
- study to warn veterans of food
items that might not benefit them
- or worse. The TBHQ in Ramen
which throws me for a loop. Tertiary
- butylhydroquinone is only safe
at .02% in foods, and its known that
- higher than that has significant
side effects. Why not help vets avoid
- things that would make them
- Why turn there noses at this?
Because going up against these food
- items would incur the wrath of
the FDA, USDA, and lobbyist who
- claim its safe and approved.
Doesnt matter its wrong, they dont want
- to loose there jobs trying to
even say so. Just easier to let vets suffer
- and die than explore this
option. Its about the money, not about doing
- what is right. Proof once more
the WRIISC is not on our side.
- In steps Dr. Stephen Hunt, Dr.
Somatoform from PDICI days and the
- former Deployment Health clinic
at WRAMC to push his very old
- agenda. Something VA has clung
to replace Dr. Brown, and
- Dr. Engle who touted and
supported the same ideas. What is going
- to take to get rid of these
government legacy personnel carrying
- excess baggage and axes to grind
against Gulf War vets.
- The meeting now free of many of
the old valves to keep it in check
- showed clear evidence of
internal VA influence, and steering the
- committee into darker waters.
IOM had been cut out, so they
- needed a similar IOM over tone
which comes from the WRIISC
- and the PDICI. Bad or pointless
- DOD has no plan to cope with
- already in the blood supply
- Here it is November, 5 months
later and DOD has no response to
- my letter about Leishmaniasis in
the blood supply. That is because
- they dont want others knowing
they have no plan or desire to even
- admit this has already happened.
Liability, non military law suits
- that might be retro active to
- DOD like always has no concern
for disease vectors that come
- home from foreign deployments.
Much like MDR Acinetobacter
- Baumannii, West Nile
Virus, MDR Hepatitis C, and now the strains
- of foreign Leishmaniasis that
have been let into the blood supply
- through military blood
- Not reacting is a admittance of
guilt because if it was not a issue they
- would just say so, and spell it
out over at WRAMC. Except, they
- are so afraid of this that they
dont want to say anything at all.
- Not until either the CDC
suddenly becomes honest, or enough
- of these people rally to fight
- Dont count on the media in this.
They wont raise a finger until one
- of them contracts this through
blood donations or a wealthy person
- does. This is a orphan disease
that has no real supporters.
- Its a vile shame things like
this happen that dont need to. That
- and the administrations that
know of it and remain quiet.
- Letter of Dissent to the
ACGWV final report and how
- VA covered it up in 2009.
- On the day of the committee
final report I opposed the PDICI part
- of the report. It was clear to
me that this program would be used to
- promote the somatoform diagnosis
condemning Gulf War vets
- needlessly. This was met with
bitter retaliation by the committee
- members loyal to the chairman. I
stood my ground. Was promised
- the letter would be posted on
the VA website. It was not.
- In the report it barely
acknowledges this fact as ( one member
- dissented ) and went on with no
explanation. After that the Gulf War
- Illness Task Force loosely
remarked about our committee and after
- that any links to this committee
disappeared. Its certainly not on
- the main VA Gulf War webpage
though the Research Advisory
- Committee is.
- So for 7 years VA secretly
supported the PDICI and black balled me
- so that I would have no say in
Gulf War issues at all. Has Puget
- Sound in Seattle Washington made
land marks strides in Gulf War
- medical research, nope. Yet,
they just presented to the New RAC
- meeting like they are the future
of this program.
- The Verification of the
letter to DOD - Contamination
- of blood supply
- Had sent the letter to DOD "read
receipt request" and they ignored
- it. Congress did not. So I
called to verify they had it. They did and
- sent it up the chain at FHA /
FHP. When I asked why they didnt
- do the "RCR" they stated they
dont do that. I asked they include
- the subcommittee in the response
and they said NO. Really? I didnt
- know they had this kind of job
security. What contempt.
- Now comes notifying other
sources so that all involved understand
- the situation and what it
represents. 12 years of working this and Im
- tired of waiting for anyone to
do whats right about this situation. Its
- up to me to fix this somehow
even though Im broke and no financial
- means or donations. Like that
ever stopped me the last 18 years.
- The letter to DOD -
Contamination of blood supply
- through OIF, OEF troop blood
- I fired the email off to DOD
today and CC'd Congress on it about
- the Leishmaniasis issue. Sure
DOD will try to pretend they didnt
- get it and spend lots of time
trying to make me contact non-essential
- people with this to slow it
- Next is going to my Congressman
and explain it to him.
- By the way, its the 15th
anniversary of the mail list. Gosh, so much
- has happened and much of it hard
to believe. Going to make a great
- book in a little while. Like
that Ive been published in Science magazine,
- Wall Street Journal, Wired, IOM
reports, Stars and Stripes, dozens of
- local news papers, NPR, assorted
TV programs, and then all that international
- press in 2003. Weird seeing
myself on German TV, Chinese TV, and so
- many different languages. Gosh,
I was so scared when I spoke to the
- Presidential Special Over Sight
Board. Taking on OSAGWI. That giant
- FOIA campaign to get all those
records released. All those meetings at
- the Pentagon and then other
public events. But, by the time I spoke to Bob
- Dole on the task force it was
old hat. Then getting that VA advisory committee
- and getting on it was such a
mind blower. Man it was a ride.
- But its a pretty sorry chapter
in American history right now and its
- getting harder each year to do
even the little stuff. 1999 turned out to
- be a fairly good year compared
to how miserable 2015 is. The 25th
- anniversary of the Gulf War is a
silent affair America does now want
- to discuss. How nice for those
of us that went. So tired of being
- trivialized by people who never
did anything with there lives.
The short RAC meeting June 23rd
- Called in to the RAC meeting
throughout the day. It had its pluses
- and minuses. It was nice to hear
Dr. James Baraniuk present and
- his kind references to others
work. Then Dr Stephen Hunt spoke and
- brought back all the bad
memories of VA and its somatoform program
- the PDICI in Seattle. The very
thing I dissented on the final report of
- my committee knowing full well
it was not going to help Gulf War vets.
- What did VA do, they made Dr.
Hunt part of the inner circle with the
- Gulf War Illness Task Force and
drove away all dissenters just like
- they did with Dr. Charles Engle
of the Deployment Health Clinic in
- 2000. Was that over good
science, not even. Nobody remembers
- Engle as a hero of the cause and
neither is Dr Hunt.
- I submitted a statement for the
record and went to great lengths to
- make sure it was acknowledged
before the end of the day. In it I point
- out several issues and ideas.
From dietary trials, to the verification of
- a sterile cure of Leishmanaisis
in Gulf War era veterans to protect the
- blood supply, to fact that DOD
is still trying to keep 99% of the records
- to the Gulf War top secret at
the 25th anniversary of the war. The need
- to sequence the genomes of the
blood samples at UT Southwestern to
- compare for genetic anomalies
from the war that arent in the general
- My campaign to call out DOD on
the contamination of the blood by
- Leishmaniasis is picking up
speed now. The attempt to silence me
- last week has only pissed me
off, and made sure I wont stop till the
- whole nation knows about this
disease in detail and why its here. How
- the Pentagon betrayed the public
trust and does not want culpability.
- ( Note: check term message
history to see the full letter. )
- Airborne Hazards and Open
Burn Pit Registry
- Tried my luck registering with
the Burn Pit registry having waited
- long enough for VA to work out
the bugs. Tried the DS login and
- got that damn unwanted DOD
warning screen. This is no accident,
- its meant to frighten off
soldiers and veterans talking of being under
- surveillance. They want the
registry to fail, and I know I dont want
- to go through a DOD portal that
puts me on the NSA monitor list.
- Have sent a email to VA
executive branch stating the problem. So
- full well expect them to do what
they usually do and ignore this.
access dmdc portal
Oil Well Fire Registry
- Same thing with this, warning
disclaimer designed to frighten
- off veterans who dont want to
endure the NSA back dooring
- them. Designed to fail by
- Another RAC meeting the 23rd
- The Research Advisory Committee
on Gulf War Veterans'
- Illnesses will meet on June 23,
2015, in Washington, DC.
- The meeting will be held in Room
230, 810 Vermont Avenue
- NW., Washington, DC, from 9:00
a.m. until 5:30 p.m. All
- sessions will be open to the
public. Interested persons who
- cannot attend the meeting may
use this toll-free telephone
- number (800) 767- 1750; access
code 56978# to listen to
- the meeting.
- The Advisory Committee on
Gulf War Veterans
- Former Secretary of VA James
Peake handing me my committee appointment certificate
- VA has set out to remove all
evidence from its website that the
- Advisory Committee on Gulf War
Veterans ever existed. All
- that is left is the archival
page, but has no referrers to it from
- the VA Gulf War webpage or any
other location. So the meetings,
- content, presentations, and such
are completely ignored all these
- years. Like the CDC presentation
on Leishmaniasis by Barbara
- Herwadlt, of which on page 35
its eluded that they can never be
- sure the disease is truly
resolved.ACGWV CDC 2009 presentation
gone on for years about
the threat to the blood supply, and
2006 Walter reed finally hinted to the very thing I had
- 2006 Sep;46(9):1641-5.
- Leishmania: risk to the blood
1Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver
- Maryland 20910, USA.Lisa.Cardo@us.army.mil
- Operation Iraqi Freedom and
Operation Enduring Freedom
present a much greater Leishmania threat than did
Desert Storm. Because most transmission by
occurs in endemic areas, and visceral infection is
in healthy individuals such as blood donors, it is
determine the absolute risk of transmission by
review of the literature provides many clues as to the
measures to be taken for blood donor deferral.
- DOD and VA have done
everything to bury the hard work of
- people like myself. This most
recent attempt on my committee
- was one of several efforts to
dismiss real issues. To simply not
- deal with them. The committee
should be reinstated since its work
- was never recognized or acted
on, but preferably with new members
- who are not ringers for VA
that gladly went silent. The healthcare
- and benefits issues have never
even really been addressed that we
- raised, much less resolved.
- The new Research Advisory
- Had been concerned what the
new chairman would be like once
- he sat at the table. Sure
enough, a meek person towing the line
- hoping VA will take him
serious. The meeting on the 20th was
- about a sleepy as they come.
- VA never took the RAC serious
since 2002 or acted on any
- of its recommendations. It was
dragged into countless hearings
- defying congressional
inquiries into the very topic. The members
- all but openly accused VA of
fraud. In return VA gutted the committee
- in favor of a more docile IOM
style committee they could more
- easily manage and ignore.
Unless the committee made a recommendation
- to study substance abuse which
VA would leap on.
- The new chairman will
certainly learn what frustration is as he
- begins to see he was suckered
into this job. Passive is just another
- name for forgotten in the
annals of history. Just what VA wants of
- him, take the show into muddy
waters and languish there obscurely.
Army Denies it Sought to Hide
Troops' Chemical Exposure in Iraq
- In October 2014 The New York
Times published a lengthy series
based on documents acquired through Freedom of Information
requests and interviews with Iraq War veterans, including 17
exposed to chemical agents. The Times said that about 5,000
warheads, shells or aviation bombs were found by U.S. troops
the 2003 invasion.
- I was so irritated with this
article because it just scratches the surface
of all those FOIA's out there that asks so much more about
Iraq. Yet, now
that OEF and OIF are over DOD wants to pretend even this didnt
need the media to dig deeper into the massive fraud that is
the whole 1990
to present 2 trillion dollar fiasco in this region. So much is
from nuclear, chemical, and biological events as well as
on troops. The items left out in the open sand from 1990 that
us to trip over them in 2003. The cover up of the EOD
personnel who had
- to deal with these aging relics
that often fell apart or blew out on them.
- Not to mention the on going burn
pit saga of those down wind of them.
- How can we be so blatantly
ignorant of the waste and fraud committed in
the mishandling of this region by our government the last 25
the cover up of what happened then to the missions in between
( Desert Fox )
- to the out right invasion and
occupation in 2003. Only to loose it to another
radical group in 2015. We need to come clean on the whole mess
living the political lie that more than 5 million veterans
live with today.
- Now we have things like
Leishmaniasis loose in the blood supply as
- thousands of soldiers donate
blood that shouldnt. Ones with dormant
- L Major, L Tropica, L Dondonavi,
and so on. This can hardly be found
- even when your looking for it
without a PCR DNA test which they are
- not screening for. How long will
this go on before people come forward
- asking why they have it and how
they got it. Only to find the FDA wants
- to wait out the carriers hoping it wont infect too many people
- resolves in one generation. They
can wait 40 years for it to pass.
- The carefully orchestrated VA
plan to drive the vets
- and there advocates away
before the 25th anniversary
- of the Gulf War
- You had to be there to see it,
and even then so it was stunning that
- it was ignored by all as it
happened. In 2008 the Advisory Committee
- for Gulf War Illness published
its report and disbanded. It was the only
- one of its kind to address
benefits and healthcare. Then VA carefully
- removed all evidence of it
from the VA Gulf War web page.
- They got rid of the Gulf War
GWVIS stats report. Said they would write
- Pre and Post 911 reports reports
to continue that reporting. They did
- not. In effect, removing all
forms of statistical tracking data from the
- public. No way to gauge any
health impacts if no one has data to
- compare for it. They then
focused on the Research Advisory Committee
- which they set out to gut on a
- The RAC tried to fill many
shoes, and venture out of its comfort zone
- by commenting on as much as they
could about VA's GWI short
- comings. VA took this poorly and
decided that rather than act on
- even one single suggestion from
the RAC, it was easier to remove
- the people complaining. They
did, and by September 2014 it resigned
- Jim Binns and other key staff
from the RAC.
- Congressional HVAC committee
tried to get involved. But, could not
- rally support from Congress to
support legislation meant to realign
- all this. They failed to act,
and the final decision became that of
- Bernie Sanders in the Senate who
killed this. Who put a dollar figure
- on GW vet lives and let us all
- Then VA turned to the IOM and
let them know there would be no
- more IOM studies of Gulf War
Illness. Which kind of eludes there
- with the RAC gutted this lets VA
off the hook to counter any RAC
- reports with bad IOM science.
- All the while DOD has decided
that even though the Gulf War
- approaches the 25 year mark this
month, they will not be releasing
- any of the records from the war.
25 years is the time frame for the
- release of "Top Secret" records
to the public. But, no request has
- been made to the National
Archives and other repositories to
- release these records. A
violation of record keeping law in DC,
- and still no one speaks up about
- You would think there would be
some outrage in the veteran circles,
- and the veteran service
organizations. Who are not even commenting
- on the anniversary of the war
much less how much time has lapsed.
- The lack of medical record
reporting, disease trends, death rates, or
- anything related to GW veterans
of any kind. Much less the Burn Pit
- Registry data they collected
from us this last year. Nothing.
- All of this has gone horribly
wrong, and VA seems quite content to
- sit back and let this languish
without purpose or direction. That
- they sure seem to want this
defused state to say all is well and
- let obscurity dispel rumors of
medical issue needing addressed.
- No one is welcome at the VA
table, and we have no spokes persons
- left in DC that can even
approach the Secretaries office much else
- get a response back. Its a
totally closed door system now. I know,
- I try all the time.
- Im not some obscure rambling
lunatic here folks. I served on a VA
- federal advisory committee for
Gulf War veterans decrying the very
- things that would come to pass.
No stranger to Congress, GAO,
- IOM, RAC, PSOB, OSAGWI, and so
many others that came and
- went over the last 18 years in
- The question stands is, will any
of you out there speak up about any
- of this in such a way that
Congress would take notice. Because right
- now the House Veteran Affairs
Committees are the only opportunity
- to alter this destiny if a few
folks would rally to a few common goals.
- Provided its done in a public
fashion others can witness.
Kirt P. Love
Disabled Gulf War Veteran
Former member: VA
Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans
Contact: Kirt Love
P.O. Box 414,
Crawford, Tx 76638
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