Desert Storm Veterans/Families/Supporters What YOU CAN DO

Veterans, supporters, and family members  what else can you do?  Today Monday call CSPAN and ask them to cover this hearing.

Call your US Representative and ask them to send staffer to hearing. Call your local television station and news station: Tell them of your watch party with other veterans and the location of your watch party.  Have the local media contact a Local Desert Storm Veteran as a special local issue.

This is your time to stand up and support all Desert Storm Veterans who have been ill since 190-91.  What an admirable thing to do leading into Memorial Day weekend.

Hearings » Gulf War Illness Research: Is Enough Being Done?

May 19, 2009
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Gulf War Illness Research: Is Enough Being Done?
340 Cannon House Office Building  

Witness Testimonies



     Witness Testimonies

Panel 1 

  • Jim Bunker, Gulf War Veteran and President, National Gulf War Resource Center
  • Paul Sullivan, Executive Director, Veterans for Common Sense
  • Richard F. Weidman, Executive Director for Policy and Government Affairs, Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Roberta F. White Ph.D., Scientific Director, Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses, Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health, Associate Dean of Research at Boston University School of Public Health
  • Lea Steele Ph.D., Immediate Past Scientific Director, Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses, Adjunct Associate Professor, Kansas State University School of Human Ecology

Panel 2

  • Robert D. Walpole, Former Special Assistant for Gulf War Illness Issues, Office of the Assistant Director of Central Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency

    Accompanied by:

  • Loren J. Fox Jr., Former Senior Analyst for Gulf War Illness Issues, Central Intelligence Agency
  • R. C. Postlewaite DVM, Deputy Director of Force Readiness and Health Assurance, Force Health Protection and Readiness Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Lawrence Deyton M.D., Chief Public Health and Environmental Hazards Officer, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    Accompanied by:

  • Joel Kupersmith M.D., Chief Research and Development Officer, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Mark Brown Ph.D., Director, Environmental Agents Service, Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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    1. The Honorable Barack H. Obama
      President of the United States
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
      Washington, D.C. 20500

      Subject: Gulf War Medical Treatments

      March 17, 2009

      Dear Mr. President,
      After a long careful thought, and after several years of watching the Research Advisory Committee on the Gulf War Veterans Illnesses team from 2000 to present. Year after year of research and without any effective treatments, we now have another Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans to find effective treatments with no hope in the near future of any clinical treatment plan insight, Mr. Cragin is stalling on the treatment plan. The Boston Celtics get treatments for any injury or disease. Now Dr. Soxs said that his committees ( IOM / NAS ) doesn’t know about military nerve agents. This means Civilian Medicine doesn’t know about nerve agents or environmental, Industrial injuries or diseases, we need both military medicine and civilian medicine to figure this out for a treatment plan. We just figured this out.

      We need Presidential support and oversight committees to help find solutions to our critical health issues that are plaguing tens of thousands of veterans to include returning veterans of today. We do not need anymore false promises from the VA. or Dr. Brown from VA central office, he should have had many effective treatments for environmental exposures. When is Dr. Brown going to start sending us to specialty clinics ?
      No neuro-opthalmologist. Gulf war Veterans should be seen by Doctors and not a Nurse Practitioner, maybe this is the problem with documentation.

      These two committees are working hard to find a solution. The two committees charge’s have no effective treatment plan as of today. The final outcome from both committees needs to have a effective treatment plan or this will be failure again. The veterans need Presidential oversight along with joint oversight committees from both the Senate and House to make the connection for a treatment plan for the 1991 gulf war veterans and the returning veterans of today. This would help other veterans and the civilian sectors as well. We are light years from any effective treatment plan if we continue this same course, we need another direction. This letter is our emergency call for assistance. The death toll is very high in 2009 from the 1991 war. There is very little accountability at this point. After all ! The veterans do not want these committee’s to fail. This would cost millions of tax dollars along with complete failure from both committees. Military Medicine and Civilian Medicine has many benefits either current testing or alternative testing for Industrial, Environmental exposure for our combat injuries, this would enhance the effective treatment list. We need to bring the U.S. on line with Environmental and Industrial Medicine. That is the main issue with older doctors, they do not want to learn or treat new diseases or injuries. The VA doctors do not know how to treat a veterans with Industrial or Environmental exposures. These two committees must look at solutions to Industrial, Environmental exposures for proper care and effective treatments. All Hospitals must be able to treat any diseases or injuries, that is lacking in environmental, Industrial Medicine. An Industrial, Environmental clinic in the VA Hospitals would be the answer at this point. I think your policy up to this date has been absolutely correct so far but needs some extra help that the NSO’s are forgetting about, we need a veterans roundtable with the NSO’s to adjust the effective treatments and add any additional treatments if needed to advise for further treatments. The complete communication process from every level should be complete from this type of treatment plan. We need to Ensure a seamless transition, fully fund VA Care, fix the benefits bureaucracy, long-term health care, allow veterans back into the VA System, 1991 Death Count Adjusted to present, Remove co-pays, better clinical care and a gulf war clinic with more time with doctors, referrals when needed and referred out of VA when necessary, claims done in a three month turn around, Rehabilitation exercise for inpatient and out patient care and send them to a gym if necessary. The board of veterans appeals only has 44 lawyers on staff, there should be at least 90 lawyers for the work load and a three month turn around. The VA should be at $ 115 Billion Dollar Budget in 2009. We are falling behind because of lack of funding for gulf war illnesses and effective treatments. The VA should be requesting at least 60 to 150 Million Dollars For gulf war illnesses in 2010. The Both committees are not adjusting the 2009 budget in the proper manner, Why ?

      The Veterans at this point need reassurance and a commitment to get better VA care. They do not trust the VA Doctors because of the 1970’s era style of doctors. The VA of today Hospitals refuse to care for Gulf War Veterans and the doctors do not take appropriate actions to treat the veterans from the 1991 war, or to try and find out what happened to the veteran in the first place. As I see Secretary Shinseki will try and find solutions to care for veterans, there needs to be more reassurance and techniques to bring out the VA system of today. There are veterans that know about gulf war illnesses and these veterans should be brought forward to exchange ideas for treatments and those ideas should be reviewed by Military Medicine and Civilian Medicine. Civilian Medicine doesn’t know about nerve agents or environmental injuries. The two committee are stuck and not listening to the veterans once again. We need the best treatments, medicine is delaying treatments once again. The U.S. Government shall start looking at veterans health in 2009, its been a long time from Vietnam, Cuban Missile Crisis, Gulf War to the Current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, these are the forgotten wars. The U.S. must keep their promise to the veterans. I need a personal response from this letter.

      The two committee are as follows,
      1). Department of Veterans Affairs
      c/o Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning
      Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans
      810 Vermont Avenue, NW ( 008 )
      Washington, DC 20420

      The Honorable Charles Cragin

      Chairman ( POC )
      Laura O’Shea,
      Policy Analyst ,
      Email: Laura.O’
      Ph. 1-202-461-5758

      2). Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses
      Boston University School of Public Health
      Department of Environmental Health
      715 Albany Street
      Talbot 1W
      Boston, MA. 02118
      Kimberly Sullivan, Ph.D.
      Scientific Coordinator

      Chairman ( POC )
      Mr. James Binns


      SSG. Edward J. Bryan ( Ret. )

      685 Broadway St. Unit # 74
      Malden, Mass. 02148
      Ph. 781-321-3161
      Life Member Whitman DAV # 119
      Life Member Medford VFW # 1012
      U.S. Army ( Retired ) 1974-2000
      U.S. Firefighter ( Medford ) Retired 1986-2000
      Health Care Liaison ( VA-BU ) 1994-2001
      Researcher for Gulf War Illnesses 1992-Present
      VISN-1 Mini-Mac member 1998-Present
      Walter Reed Veteran Health Advisory Council ( VHAC ) Deployment Health, 2000-2002

      Cc. Senator Kennedy
      Cc. Senator Kerry
      Cc. Secretary Shinseki
      Cc. Senate Veterans Affairs
      Cc. House Veterans Affairs

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