October 3rd, 2018State of Veteran Affairs town hall meeting on
September 27th, and posing the question to
the Secretary of VA Wilkie
What a frustrating event this was. Right off the bat, Chrome and
Firefox would pull up nothing. Said no media available. Only after
I went back to Internet Explorer did the windows propagate.
Sure enough, below the Secretary was a question box. So I did
the logical thing and posted my question about reinstating the
GWI healthcare and benefits subcommittee. But, I also realized
VA would pretend it did not get my question. So I did a screeenshot
of the window, saved it, then broadcast it on the mail list as well as
the House Veteran Affairs subcommittee.
After a bit the moderator said 1,284 questions had come in by
then so I knew my question was buried. Decided to be more obvious
in a 2nd question so that the first was answered. Saved that screenshot
as well. Not going to let this go now its on the Sec of VA's desk.
October 2nd, I got a email from VA stating they got my question
and I might get a answer back. OK, must be automated reply to
say maybe because my question isnt a vague self serving one.
Mine covers a major failure of VA over 10 years, and the need to
provide better ways of dealing with GWI healthcare and benefits
issues. As far as Im concerned, the response email demands a
official response to a very legitimate issue for not just 697,000 of
the original GWI vets - but the 2.3 million effected from that region
over time. Where do they go when VA does not provide them a public
venue to address there needs and concerns.
This is now on the desk of the Sec of VA, and no longer in the hands
of others keeping it away from there. I have multiple methods to
prove this happened. Which ever way VA goes with this, Im going
forward to hold them to this. As this is a rational sane idea, and my
committee was done by VA executive authority before - Wilkie can
do the same easily. Only, this time I wont let VA do the same dirty
tricks it did to sabotage the last committee.
The question now is how long will VA take to admit they saw this, and
answer me. As time goes by, I only up the ante on this as Im not
letting this go.10 years have passed since my committee disbanded
and VA wrote us off. Well, they didnt do a better job and things got worse.
Im still here, and I know VA cant be trusted to do right by this so far.
That means literally up to 2 weeks ago.
September 23rd, 2018RAC meeting September 18th, with Healthcare benefits
discussion with VA executive staff
This meeting was yet another tasteless disaster that stuns me in
that the folks there think they are helping. Yet, nearly a year has gone
by and things remain status quo in the worst ways possible. Other
than the Chairman and 6 members being removed silently.
Notice what I did here. Repeat what happened amost a year ago to show
that nothing changed to include recommendations made last November.
Dr. Clancy was all talk and no substance. As were the others then and
now. I promptly hung up when I heard who was sitting on this panel this
year. It wasnt there to help me or anyone. It didnt last time.
See, they want thinks static. Certainly nothing in the healthcare and benefits
arena to give us a voice. Other than RAC members violating there charter
to play both sides. The ring leader is Victor Kalasinski putting on a false
front, all the while supporting his deployment health buddies at DOD. Same
thing for Dr. Hunt, the NIH, WRIISC, and others there subverting the vets
themselves - telling them DOD is not helping things. But, hey - thats what
VA wants here in all this. Stagnation and the 1995 agenda firmly in place.
Proof in itself that PL 105-368 has been subverted and poisoned from its
intended prupose. So its stays stagnant another 20 years, as will the
appalling CFR 3.317 Gulf war claim law that does not work. Oh yeah,
lets train the C&P doctors and reps better to use it - rather than strike
the very title and language that makes it dysfunctional.
How does VA do this? By taking advantage of the totally defunct NGWRC
as a supposed representative - when in fact they run everyone else off
trying to maintain a monopoly that doesnt work. Something VA and DOD
have understood for years, which they even catered too. Works great for
VA given how easy it is to manipulate them. If you want to stay on the RAC,
play nice with us and agree with us on deployment health issues. Theyve
seen how VA runs off RAC members and anyone else that argues with
How can I say this? The fact that nearly a year has passed without any
publications from the RAC much less comments about dealing with healthcare
and benefits issues in public forum. Like this rigged no name meeting at
the end of the RAC that has no public records or teeth. This is merely a
public witch hunt to find the last dissenting vets and silence them like last
year. To black ball others like me, and keep us from VA so they can keep
on going with this sham that abuses the very nature of PL 105-368.
How is it these shameless DOD deployment health folks can keep grinding
there axe in public, and keep people like Dr. Stephen Hunt in play who
push the worst kinds of agendas. All these legacy government employees
with the worst ideas firmly in charge.
If Im a crack pot, then how did I get a federal GW committee for healthcare
and benefits in 2008? Does VA allow such things easily? Hell no. Since
then VA buried it and wants it dead. never to rise up, and point out the obvious
flaws it wants to keep in place. Those recommendations it ignored for 10 years
now. With the help of the RAC and the NGWRC.
I dont owe VA any more explanations or commentary about this. The whole
thing is blatant and condescending on there part. Wait us out, and hope that
we die before others catch on how ugly this got. How cruel, and dark.
Its what they are doing with me personally, and this last year has been pure
hell with the Waco VAMC with bizarre blatant behavior hoping I die soon.
November 6th, 2017RAC meeting October 30th, with Healthcare benefits
discussion with VA executive staff
Unlike other RAC meetings of the past, the attention has shifted
to physcial issues like genotyping and GI biome. So the meeting
wasnt filled with innuendo and somatic discussions.
The part that had the most merit to me was the afternoon 3:30pm
discussion with VA executive staff over GWI healthcare and benefits
issues. It wasnt formal, and not listed in the agenda. But, it was because
this isnt research and the meeting is about research.
I commented on what I could during the discussion, and waited for
Dr. Carolyn Clancy to show up. When she did, I asked for her by
name and addressed my question to her. Given that my former
advisory committee pointed out the 75% refusal rate of 3.317 some
8 years ago, and now its 92% - wouldnt reinstating my former committee
help deal with this situation and other similar topics.
So I elaborated on the pros and cons. The failing of both VA and the
Gulf War Illness Task force. That we need something back at VA to
deal with the healthcare / benefits questions out there. As right now
its a black hole with only the RAC to discuss anything and its charter
does not allow for that - only research.
VA knows the GAO report fell flat with the VSO's and myself. Ive spoken
out against the report as vague and missing the point. Better training
wont make 3.317 work better as its a flawed law designed to fail. Then
again, I also said that back in 2008 and it kept doing just that.
I wanted to be there in person to question this. But, I had surgery on a
pair of tumors back on October 20th and travel isnt permitted the
first 30 days following. The 2 inch Liposomal tumor was on my
instep and was too painful to walk on long. Run the risk of a moving clot
if I made the trip.
Also been busy trying to pitch a study of the before / after blood samples
of Gulf war vets. Full sequence the HIV serum samples of those that
deployed just before the war, and full sequence a current sample to compare
genome sequence for alterations after the war. The HIV serum samples
are stored at the DODSR facility which they have collected since 1985.
By comparing the samples, we could look for gene alterations that are
not common in the general population.
The rest is being discussed on my mail list which has been picking up
speed recently. DSBR has seen its 20th anniversary, and the mail list
its 17th. Hard to believe this all kicked off for me in 1997, and all the
things that happened in that period. Still around, and still at it.
July 13th 2017 hearing to GAO
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 minutes.
The information was wrong and I I finally back doored it on youtube
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 that
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 use
this antiquated law verbatim, and better outreach. Instead of saying
what I had been saying for 8 years that the title of this law defeats it.
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 part
of its charter to address it. But, it was the ACGWV's which everyone
has tried to bury and suppress these last 8 years including the RAC.
My committee made recommendations in 2009 that VA ignored,
hid our report and website from the public. Nothing went forward or
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 place
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 place
to deal with research, and no other options - venues - or communication
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. The
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 to
make it current. Now others are screwing that up with personal agendas
and jeopardizing that outcome. I know, for 8 months Ive been coaching
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 crowd
to go forward, and once again opportunist are taking possible victories
and making them fail for the wrong reasons. Which is so clear in the
media of late.
Well, Im not a moron and have been on point for years now. Sooner or
later others conduct and methods should become more transparent.
I got my testimony on the record with the subcommittees and a paper
trail of events up to now to show others what really happened. The rest
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 to fail
as it is and VA wants that. Get a couple more years of denials and keep
a 100,000+ veterans off the books. To save a dollar. Ive been on point with
this for more than 8 years now, and sooner or later the obvious will surface
once others are done trying to alter reality to suit there fantasies.
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, record
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 1917
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 all
those that committed any government crimes have passed on.
Putting current public officials outside the hands of the DOJ in our
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 it went
so well, why is 99% of it classified to the year 2042. Does that sound
like it went smooth, and by the book? Millions of records either buried
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 made
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 War,
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 perverted
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 Gulf
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. Its
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, 2016Play down the 1991 Gulf War anniversary, and
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 silent
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 to
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 indefinitely
classify the 6 million records from 25 years ago. So that all those
that committed war crimes die of old age before any of this surfaces.
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 judicial
aspects of war time policy. Complete abuse of what is classified and
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 burned
mulitcolored smoke for 2 days. I know, I saw it, told OSAGWI, and
OSAGWI never investigated it. All because there was no video evidence
that surfaced. It was buried with evidence from 44,000 other events.
OSAGWI report file -
( courtesy Steve Robinson, former OSAGWI employee )
The report is also incorrect because my unit location information was
also wrong. My CRUR data shows us more inwards towards Kuwait
and not even tracking those that went further north. The point is I could
see surface details around it from the edge of the mesa, and you cant
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? Really?
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 with
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 to
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 old
grudges keeping 1995 ideas alive.
What did veterans like myself ever do to deserve all this? Why is it
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 of
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 hateful
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 volunteer
army deserves real respect for what it does - not the pail lip service
we get and the mock interest. This whole chapter of American history
is a shame, embarrassment, and insult to those that died doing there
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 past
presidents who completely screwed up the middle east.
May 2nd, 2016
The proposed intent was to shake up the Gulf War Research
advisory 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 not agree
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 original
ideas. The bias of VA contracts, and the IOM not wanting to
offend its meal ticket makes this such a bad idea. Plenty of already
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.
The short RAC meeting June 23rd
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