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002.gif (805 bytes)Former VA Chief Of Staff Linked To Gulf War Scandal A new Newsweek report claims former VA chief of staff John Gingrich is linked to the initial Gulf War chemical weapons cover-up as an Army battalion commander in 1991.
The Newsweek report claims Gingrich not only knew of the side effects from US troops’ own demolition of chemical weapons, but that he also was ordered to cover it up by his superiors and did so. (MARCH 30, 2015)
002.gif (805 bytes)Military Veterans Get Apology For Injuries Caused by Chemical Weapons In Iraq The under secretary of the Army on Wednesday apologized for the military’s treatment of American service members exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq, and he announced new steps to provide medical support to those with lingering health effects and to recognize veterans who had been denied awards. (MARCH 25, 2015)
002.gif (805 bytes)More Than 600 Reported Chemical Exposure In Iraq, Pentagon Acknowledges More than 600 American service members since 2003 have reported to military medical staff members that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, but the Pentagon failed to recognize the scope of the reported cases or offer adequate tracking and treatment to those who may have been injured, defense officials say. (Nov. 6, 2014)
002.gif (805 bytes)   The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. (OCT. 14, 2014)
002.gif (805 bytes)Gulf War Illness: Thousands Still Report Symptoms A total of 694,550 soldiers were deployed to the Persian Gulf region during the 1991 war, including service members from Fort Bliss and National Guard soldiers and reservists from the El Paso and Southern New Mexico region. Gulf War-era soldiers who were not deployed to the Persian Gulf also reported similar health complaints, adding to the mystery over the source of the illness. (April 2014)
002.gif (805 bytes)Combat vets battle an enemy within: Addiction Prescription drug abuse is a national epidemic, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, causing 15,000 overdose deaths a year. (April 2014)
002.gif (805 bytes)Our guinea pigs are coming home to roost…welcome to DU The Department of Defense was warned in 1991 after the Gulf War that their arrogance was beyond comprehension, yet the D.O.D still insists today that such ingestion of DU is “not sufficient to make troops seriously ill in most cases.” 
(July 2013)
002.gif (805 bytes)Veterans with blood cancers from Agent Orange and Depleted Uranium All the studies, tests, medical papers, and other opinions of scientific gurus are meaningless if you are Gulf War Veteran and afflicted with Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, or Hodgkin’s Disease. It must also be noted that cancer may not become apparent until many years after exposure to a radioactive material. So let’s discuss the types of treatment you will face in the battle with what are categorized as “blood cancers”. (June 2013)
002.gif (805 bytes)Nearly one-third of recent U.S. military veterans have considered committing suicide, according to a new survey An astonishing survey from a veterans group found that 30 per cent of recent military vets have considered committing suicide since returning from active duty. The Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) surveyed more than 4,000 of its members, 37 per cent of whom said they personally knew a recent vet who took his or her own life. Overall, 45 per cent reported knowing a fellow soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who has tried to commit suicide.  (Aug. 2013)
002.gif (805 bytes)Report Redefines How Care and Services Are Provided to Gulf War Veterans Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced that the Department’s Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force will publish a comprehensive draft report in the Federal Register for public feedback and comment.  The report describes how the Department of Veterans Affairs has been, and will continue to address the concerns of Veterans who deployed during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991. (2013)
002.gif (805 bytes)Veterans win mixed ruling on exposure to chemicals Thousands of military veterans who were exposed to chemicals during decades of secret weapons testing are entitled to up-to-date government information about possible health hazards but can't get government-funded health care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs system, a federal judge in Oakland has ruled. The decision Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken was a limited victory for veterans' organizations, who had argued that the VA health care system is overburdened and inadequate for the needs of those veterans, and that the government should pay their private medical bills. (July 2013)
002.gif (805 bytes)Report: New vets showing Gulf War illness symptoms Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may be suffering from the 20-year-old set of symptoms known as Gulf War Illness, according to a new report released Wednesday by the federal Institute of Medicine. "Preliminary data suggest that (chronic multisymptom illness) is occurring in veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as well," the report says.
This may be the first time that the symptoms suffered by veterans of the 1991 Gulf War have been linked to veterans of the current wars, which started in 2001 and 2003, said Paul Rieckhoff, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. (2013)
002.gif (805 bytes)Gulf War Panel: We’re Being Purged for Contradicting the VA Members of a heretofore independent panel on Gulf War Illness are accusing Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki of “shooting the messenger” by gutting their committee and slashing half its members in a recent charter rewrite. (2013)
002.gif (805 bytes)Researchers cite new findings on Gulf War Illness  Researchers have discovered two areas of brain atrophy in Gulf War veterans who responded differently to a heart-rate test, leading scientists to believe that even those with the same Gulf War Illness symptoms may need different kinds of treatments. (2013)
002.gif (805 bytes)Researchers tie Gulf War illness to brain damage The findings are "huge," because an fMRI allows doctors to diagnose a person with Gulf War illness quickly, said James Baraniuk, senior author and professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. The research, he said, also shows that Gulf War illness is not psychological.  (2013)
002.gif (805 bytes)Advocates say VA gutting Gulf War Illness panel  Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has altered the charter of an independent board to research Gulf War Illness, cut its budget and limited the board's independence, according to a directive Shinseki signed last month. (2013)
002.gif (805 bytes)Researchers Find Biological Evidence of Gulf War Illnesses In the two decades since the 1991 Persian Gulf war, medical researchers have struggled to explain a mysterious amalgam of problems in thousands of gulf war veterans, including joint pain, physical malaise and gastrointestinal disorders. In some medical circles, the symptoms were thought to be psychological, the result of combat stress. (2013)
002.gif (805 bytes)Whistleblower: Veterans Affairs Covered Up Data on Mental Health, Gulf War Syndrome The Department of Veterans Affairs routinely disseminated false information about the health of America’s veterans, withheld research showing a link between nerve gas and Gulf War syndrome, rushed studies out the door without taking recommended fixes by an independent board, and failed to offer crucial care to veterans who came forward as suicidal.
002.gif (805 bytes)Brain Wars - How the Military Is Failing Its Wounded How the Military Is Failing Its Wounded
002.gif (805 bytes)Soldier stories related to SSRI (antidepressant) usage Antidepressant Nightmares from veterans!!
002.gif (805 bytes)Marine Who Campaigned for Veterans Takes His Own Life Clay Hunt, a Marine who appeared in commercial to get help if suicidal, commits suicide.
002.gif (805 bytes)VA Extends Gulf War Presumptive Period  -  Public Comments Welcome Veterans of the Persian Gulf War with undiagnosed illnesses have an additional five years to qualify for
benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. (Dec. 2011)
002.gif (805 bytes)Pentagon Refuses to Stop Using Seroquel on Troops Despite Expert Warnings The U.S military is refusing to stop prescribing Seroquel, a powerful antipsychotic, to treat insomnia in troops fighting overseas, even though a panel of experts has recommended it do so. Medical officials in the Department of Defense have approved low doses (25 milligrams) of the drug to treat sleep disorders. Seroquel has been linked to adverse effects, including heart failure.
(Sept. 30, 2011)
002.gif (805 bytes)Study links Gulf War illnesses to location New research to be released soon shows that veterans with Gulf War illness faced different toxins depending on where they were served: anti-nerve-agent pills and Scud missiles for forward-deployed troops and pesticides for support personnel in the rear.There’s also no correlation between anthrax shots, depleted uranium and psychological issues and Gulf War illness, said the study by the Midwest Research Institute to appear in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal. That supports earlier research on those topics. (Sept. 19, 2011)
002.gif (805 bytes)Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses: Medically Unexplained Chronic Multisymptom Illnesses VA presumes certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for 6 months or more are related to Gulf War service without regard to cause. These “presumptive” illnesses must have appeared during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations or by December 31, 2011, and be at least 10 percent disabling. VA is seeking to extend the date to December 31, 2018. These illnesses include: fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems. (9/16/2011)
002.gif (805 bytes)Study concludes Gulf War syndrome involves real brain damage Now a long-term study at the University of Texas in Dallas has used a new technique to measure blood flow in the brains of sufferers and has detected "marked abnormalities" in brain function that can probably be attributed to low levels of exposure to sarin nerve gas. This abnormal blood flow has persisted or even worsened over the eleven years of the study. reports the Dallas Observer. (9/16/2011)
002.gif (805 bytes)High Rate Respiratory Problems Plague Veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq "Unfortunately we don't have enough information to know precisely what's causing the increase in respiratory symptoms in people who are deployed," says Dr. Cecile Rose, who has been studying the issue. "What we do know is people who are deployed in southwest Asia, that is Iraq and Afghanistan are exposed to high levels of dust and particulate matter, they're exposed to the combustion products that emanate from the burn pits were things are burned," says Rose.
A study authorized by the Veterans Administration's Medical Center conducted by researchers in New York examined data from 7,000 troops who served between 2004 and 2010. They found those who were located in Iraq and Afghanistan were seven times more likely to suffer from a respiratory illness than those serving elsewhere. (May 2011)
002.gif (805 bytes)Court orders major overhaul of VA's mental health system A federal appeals court Tuesday lambasted the Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to care for those suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and ordered a major overhaul of the behemoth agency. (May 11, 2011)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA Processing Hundreds of Applications for New Family Caregiver Benefits in First Week In the first week for open applications, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has assisted more than 625 Veterans, Servicemembers and their
Family Caregivers in applying for new services under the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act 2010.  (May 18, 2011)
002.gif (805 bytes)"The Dr. Oz Show" Confronts Alarming Health Issues for Female Veterans Dr. Oz Raises the Topics of Military Sexual Trauma, Homeless Female Veterans, PTSD and the Effects of War. (April 12, 2011)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA Marks 20th Anniversary of Ground Combat in Gulf On Feb. 23, the men and women of the Department of Veterans Affairs will mark the 20th anniversary of the start of ground combat in the
1990-1991 Gulf War. Fighting ended 100 hours later after a U.S.-led coalition drove Iraqi forces from the small nation of Kuwait. (Feb. 22, 2011)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA Begins Paying Benefits for New Agent Orange Claims The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun distributing disability benefits to Vietnam Veterans who qualify for compensation under recently liberalized rules for Agent Orange exposure. (Nov. 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA policy change helps female vets with PTSD Now, any veterans who ask for a PTSD screening will receive one. If they have PTSD symptoms, the VA says it will assume those symptoms were caused by stress during their service and give them treatment. The new policy is expected to benefit women in particular because they typically play support roles in war instead of being directly involved in battles. (Nov. 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)Vet gets $250K for VA hospital negligence A military veteran who claims he's legally blind because of negligent treatment at a Northern California Veterans Administration hospital is getting $250,000 to settle the case. (Nov. 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)New Data Emerges On Gulf War Illness At an Aug. 6 conference on Gulf War Illness held near Dallas, AFP had a chance to talk with Ross Perot, a former U.S. Navy man who ran for president in the early 1990s and is among the last of the original self-made Texas billionaires. (Aug. 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)U.S. Spent $5.6 Billion Last Year Treating Veterans with Mental Disabilities Caring for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental illnesses is costing the federal government billions of dollars a year, and will continue to do so for years to come. According to an analysis of Department of Veterans Affairs’ records by the Chicago Tribune, the VA spent $5.6 billion last year to treat mental disabilities. While these costs included treating veterans from previous wars, such as Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, the ballooning expenses have been driven largely by soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. (April 19, 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)Costs soar for compensating veterans with mental disorders
Veterans share a common and increasingly costly wartime affliction — post-traumatic stress disorder and other forms of psychological damage. Last year, mental illnesses accounted for 35 percent of the $22 billion spent on disability payments to veterans who served in the Vietnam, Persian Gulf and "global war on terror" eras, according to a Tribune analysis. (April 12, 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)Up to 250,000 Gulf War veterans have 'unexplained medical symptoms' As many as 250,000 veterans of the first Gulf War "have persistent unexplained medical symptoms" whose cause may never be found, although genetic testing and functional brain imaging may eventually shed some light on the problem. (April 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)Multiple Tours of Duty Lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Nearly 300,000 American troops have served three, four or more times in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, while cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have risen dramatically since the wars began. The possible correlation between these two facts has led to the question of whether it’s fair to send young men and women back into combat again and again, and risk causing long-term mental and emotional problems. (April 12, 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA secretary releases draft Gulf War task force report Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced March 31 that the department's Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Task Force has
completed the final draft of a comprehensive report that will redefine how VA officials address the concerns of veterans who deployed during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991. (April 1,2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)VCS Advocacy in the News: VA May Designate 9 Infectious Diseases as Related to Gulf War In a boost for veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War and those who have served in recent years in Iraq and Afghanistan, the
Veterans Affairs Department has proposed changes to its list of illnesses that are presumed connected to service to include nine infectious diseases.
March 30, 2010
002.gif (805 bytes)Medicating The Military At least one in six service members is on some form of psychiatric drug.
March 17, 2010
002.gif (805 bytes)Veterans account for nine of every 100 inmates in U.S. jails and prisons Veterans account for nine of every 100 inmates in U.S. jails and prisons, according to the Center for Mental Health Services' National GAINS Center. Jan. 29, 2010
002.gif (805 bytes)White House Seeks $125 Billion for Veterans in 2011: Homelessness, Claims Increases and Access Are Priorities in VA Budget The White House has announced a proposed $125 billion budget next year for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The proposal calls for expanding health care to a record number of veterans, reducing the number of homeless veterans and processing a dramatically increased number of new disability compensation claims. (Feb. 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)Depleted Uranium for Dummies On the issue of weapons of mass destruction, the United States government is not a reliable source, as you know if you have been paying attention for the past six years. This is also the case with the causes of Gulf War Illness. (Posted 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)Military Suicides are Causing Civilian Casualties too Last month, the Defense Department reported that there were 160 reported active-duty Army suicides in 2009, up from 140 in 2008. Of these, 114 have been confirmed, while the cause of death in the remaining 46 has yet to be determined. (Feb. 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA to Reopen "Gulf War Illness" Cases The Veterans Affairs Department will re-examine the disability claims of what could be thousands of Gulf War veterans suffering from ailments they blame on their war service, the first step toward potentially compensating them nearly two decades after the war ended. (Feb. 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)Marine base's ex-residents, many ill, only now learning of toxic water Some are just now learning about this after seeing a half-page ad from the Marine Corps, alerting former residents of Camp Lejeune, N.C., that if they lived on the base between 1957 and 1987, they might have been exposed to contaminated water. (Feb. 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)VIDEOS: Military Biological Weapons Exposed by Don Scott
002.gif (805 bytes)Iraq to sue US, Britain over depleted uranium bombs Iraq's Ministry for Human Rights will file a lawsuit against Britain and the US over their use of depleted uranium bombs in Iraq, an Iraqi minister says. (Feb. 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)Congressional Tug-of-War Over Veterans' Heathcare? Both the Senate and the House have introduced bills to provide the needed heath care, but the differences between the bills will require bipartisanship compromise. (Feb. 2010)
002.gif (805 bytes)Remains Identified as Navy Captain Michael Scott Speicher Navy pilot Capt. Michael "Scott" Speicher was shot down over the Iraq desert on the first night of the Gulf War in 1991. Speicher’s disappearance in Iraq had bedeviled investigators for 18 years. Aug. 2, 2009
002.gif (805 bytes)Missouri Gulf War Veteran Driving Tractor to DC A Missouri man driving his John Deere tractor from his home in Willow Springs, Missouri to Washington DC is making a stop in our region July 25th. The Gulf War Veteran says he's at a breaking point because he claims he is disabled, but not getting disability benefits from his country.
002.gif (805 bytes)False Dates on VA Claims In a newly released report, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs concluded that management at the New York City regional office had, for years, directed
employees to backdate veterans' benefit claims to appear as if they were being processed faster than they really were. (March 3, 2009)
002.gif (805 bytes)W.Va. Guard members may have been exposed to toxin in Iraq The West Virginia National Guard is trying to track down 130 reservists who were probably exposed to a cancer-causing chemical in 2003 while
guarding a water facility in southern Iraq. (Feb. 28, 2009)
002.gif (805 bytes)Iraq, Afghanistan VA Patients Exceed 400,000 As the number of veterans seeking health care continues to rise, the VA is straining to meet demands. (Jan. 29, 2009)
002.gif (805 bytes)Vets sue CIA, Defense over military experiments Six veterans who claim they were unwittingly exposed to dangerous chemicals and germs during government-sponsored Cold War experiments have sued the CIA, Department of Defense and other agencies. (Jan. 7, 2009)
002.gif (805 bytes)Gulf War illness is real, report finds (After 17 years)!! A 460 page report released on Monday concluded that Gulf War syndrome is a legitimate illness suffered by more than 175,000 U.S. war veterans who were exposed to chemical toxins in the 1991 Gulf War. (Nov. 17, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Panel: 1 in 4 Gulf War vets are sick At least one in four U.S. veterans of the 1991 Gulf War suffers from a multisymptom illness caused by exposure to toxic chemicals during the conflict, says a congressionally mandated report that is being released today. 
(Nov. 17, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans will hold a meeting on November 19-20, 2008 The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on issues that are unique to veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the 1990-1991 period of the Gulf War. (Oct. 28, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA claims found in piles to be shredded Department of Veterans Affairs regional offices have been ordered to immediately stop shredding documents after an investigation found some benefits claims and supporting documents among piles of papers waiting to be destroyed. (Oct. 19, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)U.S. Army Brigade Deploys For Homeland Mission The First Brigade Combat Team of the Third Division will be placed under the command of US Army North, the Army’s component of the Pentagon’s Northern Command (NorthCom), which was created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with the stated mission of defending the US “homeland” and aiding federal, state and local authorities. (Sept,. 30, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Asbestos Exposure and Gulf War Veterans Mesothelioma Cancer Center offers free assistance to all veterans applying for benefits. (Sept. 30, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA mishaps shake Congress' confidence A key congressional leader says he has no confidence in the Department of Veterans Affairs and would have pulled his own children out of the VA's human subject study that used a drug with dangerous side effects that is being prescribed to veterans with mental disorders. (Sept. 24, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA Secretary Establishes ALS as a Presumptive Compensable Illness Veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may receive badly-needed support for themselves and their families after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that ALS will become a presumptively compensable illness for all veterans with 90 days or more of continuously active service in the military. (Sept. 23, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Gulf War Veterans needed in D.C. in September SEPT 24-25 - Gulf War Veteran Advisory Committee meeting in DC!
You will have your chance to speak!  WE Need YOU!!!  (July 23, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Denial of presumption for Sarin exposures Typical VA policy...deny...appeal.. deny...until death!  (JULY 21, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Chantix: 'Disposable Heroes': Veterans Used To Test Suicide-Linked Drugs In one of the human experiments, involving the anti-smoking drug Chantix, Veterans Administration doctors waited more than three months before warning veterans about the possible serious side effects, including suicide and neuropsychiatric behavior.  (June 17, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Vets press for info on 1960s chemical tests Jack Alderson was ordered never to talk about the secret weapons tests he helped conduct in the Pacific during the 1960s. He kept quiet for decades. Alderson and other witnesses were to testify Thursday before a House Veterans Affairs panel considering legislation that would require more Pentagon disclosure about the Cold War-era germ and chemical weapons testing and extend benefits to veterans who participated in them. A similar bill is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee later this month.
(June 12, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Governor Crist Signs Military and Veterans Bills into Law Governor Charlie Crist today signed four bills into law that will benefit and honor Florida’s military members and veterans during a visit to the 601st Air and Space Operations Center at Tyndall Air Force Base. The new legislation supports business owners with military service-connected disabilities and veterans residing in Florida’s State Veterans’ Homes. The Governor also signed bills enhancing the
Family Readiness Program and expanding student access to Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs. (June 12, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)America's Medicated Army For the first time in history, a sizable and growing number of U.S. combat troops are taking daily doses of antidepressants to calm nerves strained by repeated and lengthy tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (June 5, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Big Victory for US War Resisters in Canada! The Canadian Parliament made a historic vote in favor of U.S. war resisters who are seeking a safe haven in Canada rather than fight in the illegal occupation of Iraq. (June 3, 20080
002.gif (805 bytes)Post-traumatic stress soars in U.S. troops Newly diagnosed cases of post-traumatic stress disorder among U.S. troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan surged 46.4 percent in 2007, bringing the five-year total to nearly 40,000, according to U.S. military data released on Tuesday.
(May 27, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Vets taking PTSD drugs die in sleep A Putnam County veteran who was taking medication prescribed for post-traumatic stress disorder died in his sleep
earlier this month, in circumstances similar to the deaths of three other area veterans earlier this year. (May 23, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)ATTENTION MISSOURI GULF WAR VETERANS! HB 1659 (Gulf War Medallion Program) Proposed Effective Date: 08/28/2008
This bill establishes the Gulf War Medallion Program to be
administered by the Office of the Adjutant General. Every veteran who honorably served anytime between August 2, 1990, and November 30, 1995, is entitled to receive a Gulf War medallion, medal, and a certificate of appreciation if the veteran is or was a legal resident of Missouri when he or she entered and was
honorably discharged from military service or was in active service in an honorable status at the time of his or her death. Read the entire Bill... (May 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA Names Members of Gulf War Veterans Advisory Committee The 14-member, independent panel will advise the Secretary and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the full range of health care and benefits needs of those who served in the conflict. (May 13, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Suicides of Iraq veterans could top combat deaths Suicides by veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could well top the combat deaths in the two conflicts, according to the top official of National Institute of Mental Health. (May 6, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Review ordered for anthrax vaccine refusers A federal judge’s decision could lead to clearing the records of military personnel who refused to take mandatory anthrax shots between 1999 and 2004. (April 26, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA Sued Over Care, High Suicide Rates An e-mail made public during the trial revealed that the head of the VA's Mental Health division, Dr. Ira Katz, advised a media representative not to tell reporters that 1,000 veterans receiving care at the VA try to kill themselves every month. (April 24, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Col.: DOD Delayed Brain Injury Scans Pentagon Hoped to Avoid Another 'Gulf War Sydrome' Phenomenon, Says Air Force Colonel. For more than two years, the Pentagon delayed screening troops returning from Iraq for mild brain injuries because officials feared veterans would blame vague ailments on the little-understood wound caused by exposure to bomb blasts, says the military's director of medical assessments.  (March 18, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Pesticides, Nerve-Gas Pills Tied to Gulf War Illness A pill given to U.S. soldiers to help protect them against nerve gas, and pesticides sprayed in the air and used to treat their clothes, may have triggered the cluster of symptoms known as Gulf War illness, a study found.  (March 10, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Veterans not entitled to mental health care, U.S. lawyers argue Veterans have no legal right to specific types of medical care, the Bush administration argues in a lawsuit accusing the government of illegally denying mental health treatment to some troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. (Feb. 5, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA links poor care to 19 deaths in Illinois Substandard care at a southern Illinois Veterans Affairs hospital may have contributed to 19 deaths over the past two years, a VA official said Monday as he apologized to affected families and pledged reform. Jan. 28, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Gulf War veterans recognized today In Wisconsin Thursday, January 17, 2008, Wisconsin held it's 3rd annual Gulf War Illness Recognition Day in Wisconsin.  The Badger State was the first in the nation to make such a designation.  (Jan. 17, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)121 war veterans linked to killings, report finds At least 121 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have committed a killing or been charged in one in the United States after returning from combat, The New York Times reported Sunday. (Jan. 13, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Coast Guard forces vaccine derived from aborted child A U.S. Coast Guard officer and devout Catholic has filed suit to prevent being forced to receive a vaccination derived from the lung of an aborted child after a higher ranking officer disputed his understanding of Church theology. (Jan. 13, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)WHY DOES THE GOVERNMENT FEAR ARMED VETERANS? Recent passage by the District of Criminals of the legislation known colloquially as the Veteran Disarmament bill raises the question of why the conspiracy for world government would want to disarm returning veterans. (Jan. 4, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Mental toll of war hitting female service members For some, combat trauma is complicated and intensified by rape or other sexual abuse, often by comrades they've trained and fought beside. The VA says 20% of women seeking its care since 2002 showed symptoms of military sexual trauma, compared with 1.1% of male veterans. (Jan, 2, 2008)
002.gif (805 bytes)Wounded Soldier: Military Wants Part Of Bonus Back The U.S. Military is demanding that thousands of wounded service personnel give back signing bonuses because they are unable to serve out their commitments. (Nov. 19, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA AUDITOR STEALS VETERANS' SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS Authorities find 1.8 million SSNs, but VA says only 185,000 numbers are at risk. Man arrested in theft of 1.8 million Social Security numbers! Read More...(Nov. 16, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Army desertion rate highest since 1980 Soldiers strained by six years at war are deserting their posts at the highest rate since 1980, with the number of Army deserters this year showing an 80 percent increase since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. 
(Nov. 16, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Computer with veterans’ data stolen In a déjà vu announcement, the Department of Veterans Affairs says a computer containing the names, Social Security numbers and birthdates of 12,000 veterans was taken over the Veterans’ Day weekend from the VA medical center in Indianapolis. (Nov. 15, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)CBS Report: Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans A 5 month long CBS News Investigation Uncovers A Suicide Rate For Veterans Twice That Of Other Americans!! (Nov. 13, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)General fired from Walter Reed to head Fort Detrick The two-star general who was fired as the head of Walter Reed Army Medical Center amid reports of shoddy treatment of wounded soldiers has regained favor and will oversee U.S. biological weapons defense research as commander of Fort Detrick in Frederick. (Nov. 13, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Veterans Without Health Care A new study by researchers at the Harvard Medical School has found that millions of veterans and their dependents have no access to care in veterans’ hospitals and clinics and no health insurance to pay for care elsewhere. Their plight represents yet another failure of our disjointed health care system to provide coverage for all Americans.  (Nov.9, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Marion VA Medical Center in southern Illinois woes spur VA to widen probe The Department of Veterans Affairs has limited the surgical privileges of three doctors at the troubled Marion VA Medical Center in southern Illinois, and it is reviewing the credentials of 17,000 other health-care providers for veterans across the country, VA officials told a Senate committee on Tuesday. (Nov. 7, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Now-public military files reveal private lives Privacy concerns had kept the files sealed except to veterans, their immediate families or historians and others with special permission. A 2004 agreement with the Pentagon allows the National Archives to release personnel files to anyone 62 years after a service member leaves the military. (Nov. 7, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Study: More Veterans Are Uninsured About one of every eight veterans under the age of 65 is uninsured, a finding that contradicts the assumption many have that all vets qualify for free health care through the Veterans Affairs Department, says a new study. (Oct. 31, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)The Secret Code on Veteran's DD214 Edwin H. Cosby III Vietnam Vet. explains the secret code on the 26,000,000 veteran's DD214 forms, and how it is used against the veterans.
(Sept. 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Report Says Fixes Slow To Come at Walter Reed More than half a year after disclosures of systemic problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military hospitals, the Pentagon's promised fixes are threatened by staff shortages and uncertainty about how best to improve long-term care for wounded troops, according to a congressional report issued yesterday.  (Sept. 27, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)One-fourth of Gulf War veterans ill Sixteen years after the Persian Gulf War ended, more than 1 in 4 of those who fought remain seriously ill with medical problems ranging from severe
fatigue and joint pain to Lou Gehrig's disease, multiple sclerosis and brain cancer, the chairman of a congressional advisory committee testified Tuesday.
(Sept. 26, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)A Plan for Better Troop Mental The Department of Defense has released a plan to improve mental-health care for American troops who are facing multiple tours in war zones.
(Sept. 26, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)VETERANS DISARMAMENT ACT TO BAR VETS FROM OWNING GUNS The Veterans Disarmament Act -- which has already passed the House -- would place any veteran who has ever been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on the federal gun ban list. (Sept. 22, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)GOV'T. TO VETS: THANKS FOR YOUR SACRIFICE, NOW GIVE US YOUR GUNS Thank you for saving us from having to face hell and danger
that you did! Oh, by the way, as a tangible way to honor your
heroic, faithfulness to our country, we plan to take your guns
away! (Sept. 22, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Gold Star Father Who Lost Son In Iraq Allegedly Beaten By Members Of Pro-War Group Here are photos of members of “Gathering of Eagles” who assaulted gold star father Carlos Arredondo in broad daylight in Washington, D.C., on September 15, 2007, throwing him to the ground and kicking him.
002.gif (805 bytes)Canada compensates for Vietnam-era Agent Orange Canada will compensate people who may have been hurt by U.S. testing of the defoliant Agent Orange at a Canadian military base in New Brunswick during the Vietnam War, the government said. (Sept. 12, 2007
002.gif (805 bytes)VA’s Suicide Hot Line Begins Operations To ensure veterans with emotional crises have round-the-clock access to trained professionals, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun operation of a national suicide prevention hot line for veterans.
The toll-free hot line number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
(July 30, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Experts tie Agent Orange to blood pressure risk U.S. veterans exposed to the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War may face an increased risk of high blood pressure, an expert panel said, citing what it called limited but important evidence.
(July 27, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Nicholson Resigns From VA R. James Nicholson, the secretary of veterans affairs, resigned yesterday and said he would leave his post by Oct. 1, ending a tenure marked by the largest data breach in the federal government's history and sharp criticism of the care given to injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. (July 17, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Over 100,000 US Vietnam Vet Suicides To Date We, the U.S. have lost over 158,000 American lives to the Vietnam war and that count is still rising. Approx 58,000 in Vietnam. 100,000 or more to suicide and most of those occurred after the men came home. (July 18, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Sen. Bernie Sanders Seeks PTSD Funding For National Guard   Iraq War Vets A push is underway to help Vermont Guard soldiers who returned from the Iraq War suffering from invisible mental wounds. Sanders and other members of Congress are pushing for a 30-million dollar appropriation to establish similar Outreach Programs across the nation based on the Vermont model.
(July 16, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Work could lead to first drug for PTSD Researchers from MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have uncovered a molecular mechanism that governs the formation of fears stemming from traumatic events. The work could lead to the first drug to treat the millions of adults who suffer each year from persistent, debilitating fears - including hundreds of soldiers returning from conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. (July 15, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Vets blast SHAD study A group of Navy veterans says that findings from a study of the health effects of at-sea biological and chemical weapons testing on thousands of sailors 40 years ago are flawed because the study ignored those with the highest levels of exposure. (July 5, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Gov't Struggles to Care for Wounded GI's More than 800 of them have lost an arm, a leg, fingers or toes. More than 100 are blind. Dozens need tubes and machines to keep them alive. Hundreds are disfigured by burns, and thousands have brain injuries and mangled minds. These are America's war wounded, a toll that has received less attention than the 3,500 troops killed in Iraq. Depending on how you count them, they number between 35,000 and 53,000. (June 24, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Defense Secretary Robert Gates vows to fix mental health system Gates promised Thursday to improve the much-criticized mental health system for the military, declaring "this is something that we can, must and will get fixed."  (June 21, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Mail sent to Walter Reed never delivered The Army said Friday that it has opened an investigation into the recent discovery of 4,500 letters and parcels — some dating to May 2006 — at Walter Reed that were never delivered to soldiers. (June 16, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Marine Testifies He Was Ordered to Destroy Photos of Civilian Killings in Haditha, Iraq  A Marine assigned to take photos of the 24 Iraqi civilians killed in Haditha testified Thursday that he was later ordered to destroy the images.
(June 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Marine Corps to pay $200,000 to 2 young women who say recruiters sexually assaulted them The Marine Corps agreed Thursday to revamp its recruiting practices in Northern California and pay $200,000 to two young women who claimed they were raped during a slumber party at a Ukiah recruiting office.
(June 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Senators want DoD to explain Web limits  A key Senate committee wants a full explanation by Sept. 1 about why Internet access has been limited for deployed troops, including to such popular Web sites as MySpace and YouTube. The Senate Armed Services Committee did not, however, go so far as to order Internet access restored.
(June 11, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Army admits it dumped 64 million pounds of chemical weapons at sea "The Army now admits that it secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the sea, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste - either tossed overboard or packed into the holds of scuttled vessels."  (June 12, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)US veterans 'high suicide risk' US war veterans are twice as likely to kill themselves as ordinary civilians, a study following 320,890 men found.  (June 11, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Army Reservists ordered for screenings For the first time since the Iraq war began, the Army is notifying thousands from a special category of reservists that they must report this summer for medical screening and other administrative tasks. (June 12, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)A soldier in Iraq asks in despair: Why are we here? After watching his roommate fatally wounded in a roadside bombing, an Army private wonders why the lives of good men are being lost when the Iraqis pose
no threat to us and don’t want us there. (June 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Pool of therapists who counsel troops shrinks Soldiers returning from war are finding it more difficult to get mental health treatment because military insurance is cutting payments to therapists, on top of already low reimbursement rates and a tangle of red tape. (June 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Veterans Affairs secretary says US veterans now screened for
        brain injuries, post-traumatic stress
All soldiers returning from Iraq or Afghanistan who seek treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals are being screened for brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, VA Secretary Jim Nicholson said Monday. (JUNE 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Study: Suicide risk double among male U.S. veterans The risk of suicide among male U.S. veterans is double that of the general population, according to a study published Monday. (June 12, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Report: Veterans Affairs significantly overstates its success over 
The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to significantly overstate its success in getting patients to see doctors for timely appointments, undercutting one of its key claims of success, according to a draft report obtained by McClatchy Newspapers.  (June 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Amid the chaos of war, gifts of music Thanks to couple's efforts, troops in Iraq get instruments. The Baker's have shipped more than 300 guitars, mandolins, harmonicas, drums and wind
instruments to Iraq to ease the strain of the soldiering life. (June 12, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)An army veteran sues to prevent mercenary contract A federal judge yesterday ordered the military to temporarily refrain from awarding the largest security contract in Iraq. The order followed an unusual series of events set off when a U.S. Army veteran filed a protest against the government practice of hiring what he calls mercenaries, according to sources familiar with the matter.  (June 2, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Military amputees back on active duty Since the start of the Iraq war, the military has begun holding on to amputees, treating them in rehab programs like the one at Fort Sam Houston and promising to help them return to active duty if that is what they want. So far, the Army has treated nearly 600 service members who have come back from Iraq or Afghanistan as amputees. Thirty-one have gone back to active duty, and no one who asked to remain in the service has been discharged, Arata said. (May 31, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)St. Robert woman sues U.S. over husband's death in VA hospital A St. Robert woman sued the federal government yesterday for alleged negligence regarding her husband's death in a veterans hospital. He was being treated at the Truman Veteran's Administration Hospital in Columbia. The veteran was allegedly confused and disoriented on June 5, 2005, and made repeated attempts to remove his medical tubes. The complaint alleged he was left unrestrained, and was later found face down in the grass outside the hospital. He allegedly died from a brain injury two days later.  (May 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Study: Sarin at root of Gulf War Syndrome As benefits administrators, officials and politicians argue the worthiness of studies on Gulf War syndrome, researchers say they have no doubts that they’ve found the root of the problem. Sarin gas. (May 25, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Gas May Have Harmed Troops, Scientists Say Scientists working with the Defense Department have found evidence that a low-level exposure to sarin nerve gas — the kind experienced by more than 100,000 American troops in the Persian Gulf war of 1991 — could have caused lasting brain deficits in former service members. (May 17, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)US soldiers in Iraq fighting drug-resistant bacteria after injuries US soldiers in Iraq do not carry the bacteria responsible for difficult-to-treat wound infections found in military hospitals treating soldiers wounded in Iraq, according to an article to be published electronically on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. The article will appear in the June issue of the journal.  (May 16, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Military Source Believes Experimental Shots May Have Been
The Department of Defense stated that "all service members' vaccinations are documented in the individual's permanent medical record." But Fey's military medical records revealed no shot on that day. Another Marine in Fey's unit told Target 5 that there is no shot listed in his medical records either and also said that the people who administered the shot never told his unit what it was.
(May 8, 207)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA bonus winners sat on review boards Nearly two dozen officials who received hefty performance bonuses last year at the Veterans Affairs Department also sat on the boards charged with recommending the payments.  (May 16, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Lawmakers wants VA to explain bonuses Congressional leaders on Thursday demanded that the Veterans Affairs secretary explain hefty bonuses for senior department officials involved in crafting a budget that came up $1 billion short and jeopardized veterans' health care. (May 3, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Vets From First Gulf War Show Brain Differences Veterans of the first Gulf War who developed numerous health complaints have areas of the brain that are measurably smaller than those of healthier vets, a new study found.  (May 2, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)SENATORS URGE GAO TO STUDY THE MILITARY’S   MENTAL HEALTH CARE U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Kit Bond (R-MO), Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today sent a letter to the General Accounting Office (GAO) requesting a review of the Department of Defense’s treatment of service-related mental health conditions affecting troops that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(April 19, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA rejects proposed fixes for case backlog No, no, no and no was the response Tuesday from the Department of Veterans Affairs to four bills pending before Congress to reduce the 600,000-case backlog of veterans’ benefits claims. That means “no” to HR 67, sponsored by Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., that would allocate $25 million a year — about $1 for each living veteran — to improve veterans’ outreach programs, and would give grants to states to pay for education and training programs for state and local veterans’ agencies. (April 17, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA patient has wrong testicle removed An Air Force veteran has filed a federal claim after an operation at a Veterans Administration hospital in which a healthy testicle was removed instead of a potentially cancerous one. (April 4, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)5 Deaths at a VA Complex Draw Lawmakers’ Concern Five deaths in recent months at the nation’s largest Veterans Affairs medical complex are troubling and could be a further sign of a system badly in need of closer oversight, two members of Congress said. (April 3, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)How some Veterans are loosing their Benefits A six-month investigation has uncovered multiple cases in which soldiers wounded in Iraq are suspiciously diagnosed as having a personality disorder, then prevented from collecting benefits. The conditions of their discharge have infuriated many in the military community, including the injured soldiers and their families, veterans' rights groups, even military officials required to process these dismissals.  (Posted March 28, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Veteran shot in Iraq has to fight for benefits The question pending before a military review board at this big Army post south of Tacoma is whether to grant Baumann a military disability pension and healthcare or simply cut him a $8,000 check for his troubles.
(March 21, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)MEETING: Gulf War and Health: Updated Literature Review
        of Depleted Uranium
Updated Literature Review of Depleted Uranium will hold a public meeting from 1:00 to 2:30 PM on Thursday, March 22. This meeting will be held in Room 101 at the Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 Fifth St., NW (between E and F St.), Washington, D.C.
002.gif (805 bytes)War injuries strain San Diego hospitals Navy, VA scramble to cope with more wounded troops than anyone expected when the invasion of Iraq began in 2003. (March 19, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)New idea offered for easing VA claims backlog A Harvard University professor recommends a radical overhaul that would automatically pay disability compensation to any war veteran who applies.
(March 13, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Veterans Face Vast Inequities Over Disability New York Times March 8, 2007 Article
002.gif (805 bytes)'It Is Just Not Walter Reed' Soldiers Share Troubling Stories Of Military Health Care Across U.S.
(March 5, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Walter Reed Issue: "No Excuse, Sir" Is The Only Answer Everyone Is To Blame For The Walter Reed Scandal, Except Those Who Got The Story (March 4, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Inadequate care of vets known years ago       (Feb. 23, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Army secretary steps down in wake of scandal at Walter Reed Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey abruptly stepped down Friday as the Bush administration struggled to cope with the fallout from a scandal over substandard conditions for war-wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. (March 2, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)General in charge of Walter Reed hospital relieved of command The Army said Thursday that the two-star general in charge of Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been relieved of command following disclosures about inadequate treatment of wounded soldiers. (March 1, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Dana Priest On Walter Reed: An ‘Unbelievable’ Story of ‘Neglect’ and ‘Indifference’ Walter Reed hospital, once perceived as the “crown jewel of military medicine,” has become “something else entirely — a holding ground for physically and psychologically damaged outpatients.” (Feb. 20, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Antidepressants are linked to a sleep disorder that causes
       dreamers to act out
This is what is happening to MANY of our Gulf War Vets!!
March 1, 2007
002.gif (805 bytes)Walter Reed patients told to keep quiet Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media. “Some soldiers believe this is a form of punishment for the trouble soldiers caused by talking to the media,” one Medical Hold Unit soldier said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
(Feb. 28, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)21,000 Troops To Become The Latest Guinea Pigs For Pentagon Human experimentation by the United States military complex is nothing new.  Declassified documents dating back six decades have exposed hundreds of questionable and illegal programs sponsored by the Department of Defense. ((2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)March Issue of Newsweek: Forgotten Heroes How well do we care for our wounded and impaired when they come home? (Feb. 27, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)GWV Franklyn 'Frankie' Duzant is accused of using  a sword to kill his wife and son A judge today ruled that a Lake Mary man may plead insanity for two slayings -- beheading his wife and chasing down his 11-year-old son and killing the boy with a sword while neighbors looked on.
(Feb. 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Wounded and Waiting The wounded soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are stuck in holding companies awaiting hearings and decisions on whether they will continue their military service or be discharged, and if so, at what level of benefits — if any. (Feb. 20, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)The War Comes Home On any given day, more than a dozen of the most severely wounded troops are being treated by doctors, nurses and therapists at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center, home to one of four polytrauma centers in the nation. Since late 2001, nearly 3,500 troops have received care here.
(Feb. 18, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army's Top Medical Facility Many veterans are still in need of treatment or are awaiting bureaucratic decisions before being discharged or returned to active duty.
(Feb. 18, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Pentagon Red Tape Keeps Medical Records From Doctors of the Wounded Department of Veterans Affairs doctors are furious over a recent decision by the Pentagon to block their access to medical information needed to treat severely injured troops arriving at VA hospitals from Iraq and Afghanistan.
(Feb. 16, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Veterans suspends some medical research Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson has suspended activities at seven specialized research centers across the country after an unprotected computer hard drive disappeared from one of the facilities in Alabama last month.  (Feb. 16, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)ARMY: DoD resumes mandatory anthrax vaccinations (Feb. 16, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Hard drive vanishes from VA facility in Alabama The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an investigation into a portable hard drive that went missing late last month from an Alabama medical facility and may contain personal data on as many as 48,000 veterans. (Feb. 5, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Military Creates Mental Health Hotline The toll-free number for the Telephone Self-Assessment will be (877) 877-3647.  (Jan. 29, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Government gets another extension in Michael New case The Supreme Court has granted the Justice Department a new extension, that they may be prepared to file their brief in the case of former Army Specialist Michael New. This is the government's second request for an extension of time.  (Jan. 27, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Firm Hired to Improve VA Security The Department of Veterans Affairs will pay a defense contractor millions of dollars to help the agency improve data security after the theft last year of a computer packed with personal information, company officials said Wednesday.
002.gif (805 bytes)Uranium 'killing Italian troops' Italian soldiers are still dying following exposure to depleted uranium in the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, their relatives say.  (Jan. 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Tucson Marine's death baffling The parents of a Tucson Marine who developed an extremely rare blood disease while serving in Iraq have agonized about the cause of his sudden illness, but have no answers. (Jan. 10, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)Study: Number of wounded veterans could cripple VA The Veterans Administration is in danger of collapsing under the burden of caring for the medical and psychological needs of returning U.S. forces from Iraq and Afghanistan if it does not receive a huge infusion of cash, a new Harvard study warns.  (Jan. 7, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)With Each Fallen Soldier, A Field Of Flags Grows The flags are cut from rolls of yellow plastic tablecloth, then woven onto thin wire rods. Each is about as long as a man’s size 7 shoe, as wide as an outstretched hand.  (Jan. 6, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)22,000 Returning Vets Discharged With Personality Disorder Since 2001, the military has discharged more than 22,000 service members from its ranks for "personality disorder," a classification once referred to as a "Section 8," according to the Department of Defense.
(Jan. 2, 2007)
002.gif (805 bytes)War trauma may lead to future heart attacks Study of nearly 2,000 veterans links symptoms of PTSD to heart disease
(Jan 2, 2007)
       "GENE BANK"
The VA is collecting DNA from veterans and linking the information to their medical records. Who gets this information? Drug companies? Insurance companies? Private researchers? VA cannot guarantee the security or privacy of this information. (Dec. 28, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Waco VA to stay open The Texas congressional delegation was instrumental in keeping the facility open. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and is a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, suggested Waco as a possible location for expanding the VA’s mental health research with a center of excellence.  (Dec. 12, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Sleep apnea treatment may reverse memory problems The results of a preliminary study suggest that memory deficits that are common among people with sleep apnea can improve when they are treated with positive airway pressure. (Dec. 11, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Hemophilia drug used on our troops Two U.S. senators called on the Pentagon yesterday to investigate the military's use of a largely experimental blood-coagulating drug that doctors inject into wounded troops to control bleeding but that has been linked to unexpected and potentially deadly blood clots. (Nov. 30, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Is Depleted Uranium the suspect behind Military Suicides? The use of depleted uranium (D.U.)—more properly nuclear waste—and other substances in Iraq and Afghanistan cannot be ruled out as a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reported by U.S., Coalition, and NATO veterans.  (Nov. 19, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Joint Pain in Gulf War Syndrome Appears Not To Be
       Inflammatory But Rather Neurological: Presented at ACR-
Joint pain in veterans with Gulf War syndrome appears to be a stress response similar to fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, rather than an inflammatory one, researchers reported here at the American College of Rheumatology - Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Scientific Meeting (ACR-ARHP). (Nov. 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)VaxGen Wins Extension on Anthrax Vaccine VaxGen said HHS has decided to extend the company's deadline for resolving the issue until Dec. 18. At stake is a contract potentially worth $1 billion. (Nov. 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)DU behind the surge in Cancer rates in Iraq The Pentagon refuses to clarify the exact effects of depleted uranium, but Iraqi doctors attribute the significant increase in cancer and birth defects in the region to the U.S. and British troops’ use of DU. (Nov. 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Mom questions Marine's death in California military hospital  The 23-year-old Camas, Wash., man was found dead Friday morning in his room at a military medical facility near San Diego, where he was undergoing treatment and evaluation for post-traumatic stress disorder.
(Nov. 15, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Children cope with absence amid wartime In their prayers at bedtime, the children ask God to "please let Daddy come home alive" from Iraq and "keep the sand out of the treats we send him."
(Nov. 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Vets face hurdles when claiming benefits A recent report by AMVETS, a national veterans service organization representing all of the military branches, found that understaffing and underfunding makes it impossible for Veterans Affairs to properly serve veterans, even as a new group of veterans returns from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
002.gif (805 bytes)VIDEO: Halliburton provided contaminated water to Soldiers (Oct. 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Anthrax vaccine opponents gear up to renew fight As the Pentagon prepares to resume mandatory anthrax shots, vaccines opponents — including lawyers, medical experts and veterans — gathered Saturday in Washington to discuss current cases and potential legal avenues for helping those who say they were harmed by the vaccine. (Oct. 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA secretary says veterans’ mental health needs being met NOTE: Feel free to comment on this article-the link is at the bottom of the article. (Oct. 19, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Superbug brought back by Iraq war casualties Injured soldiers returning from Iraq have brought back a superbug that has been linked with outbreaks in NHS hospitals where they have been treated, a health minister has confirmed.  (Nov. 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Air Force Times requests comments on forced anthrax
In the next few weeks, the U.S. will again become the only nation in the world that forces its military personnel to take anthrax vaccine, which the DoD says is safe and effective. Email them at: ) with your comments, concerns and questions about the Pentagon’s mandatory program.  (Oct. 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Poisoning US Troops: Anthrax, Lies and Vaccines
       by Heather Wokusch
The US Defense Department quietly announced on Monday that mandatory anthrax vaccinations would resume for military personnel and civilians deploying to 28 countries across the globe and even for some based in the US. (Oct. 18, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)‘Major Overhaul’ - The secretary of Veterans Affairs discusses
       budgets, data theft and the health problems affecting soldiers
       returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. 
Congressional investigators from the Government Accountability Office found that the VA underestimated the cost of caring for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan by billions of dollars. (Oct. 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Data Suggests Vast Costs Loom in Disability Claims
The number of veterans granted disability compensation, more than 100,000 to date, suggests that taxpayers have only begun to pay the long-term financial cost of the two conflicts. About 567,000 of the 1.5 million American troops who have served so far have been discharged.  (Oct. 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Soldiers Returning From Iraq May Be at Risk for Q Fever A few troops returning from Iraq are bringing home Q fever, a zoonotic disease caused by the rickettsial pathogen Coxiella burnetii, according to military physicians. (Sept. 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Jesse Lusian 24, dies resulting from complications of the
       Anthrax Vaccine
Sept. 13, 2006
002.gif (805 bytes)IOM Latest Document on Gulf War and Health Concluding there is no single "Gulf War syndrome" afflicting thousands. This is a .pdf file.  (Sept.2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)IOM quashes `Gulf War Syndrome` There is no evidence of a 'Gulf War' illness afflicting U.S. soldiers who served in Iraq and Kuwait in the early 1990s, a federal advisory panel concluded Tuesday.
(Sept. 12, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Panel Refutes 'Gulf War Syndrome' Report by Institute of Medicine Is a Blow to Veterans Seeking Compensation. (Sept. 12, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Health of Veterans & Deployed Forces - Gulfwar Links to many topics on the GulfWar
002.gif (805 bytes)Vets Arrested for Educating Public on DU (Sept. 10, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)DU not a popular topic at the Pentagon (Sept. 10, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Soldiers Die, CEOs Prosper As soldiers have died in displaying personal patriotism, the pay gap between soldiers and defense CEOs has exploded.  (August 30, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)UK Soldier Kills Himself to Avoid Iraq Rejecting his commanders' orders to kill Iraqi children, a British soldier has committed suicide after he was told he could be ordered to shoot dead alleged child suicide bombers in Iraq. (Aug. 26, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Bill For Depleted-Uranium Screening Passes 
       California Senate
California veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces are one signature away from having mandated access to health screenings to determine their exposure to depleted uranium.  (Aug. 25, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Sickened Iraq Vets Cite Depleted Uranium Veterans, using their positive test results as evidence, have sued the U.S. Army, claiming officials knew the hazards of depleted uranium, but concealed the risks.
August 12, 2006
002.gif (805 bytes)Study Revisits PTSD in Vietnam Veterans Study revisits stress disorder in Vietnam veterans; Fewer may have been victims.  (Aug. 17, 2006) So they say!!
002.gif (805 bytes) Study confirms Agent Orange caused genetic
Significant genetic damage to the DNA of Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange has been found in a study by Massey molecular scientists. Analysis of blood samples from 25 New Zealand veterans exposed to the toxic defoliant showed that the group had suffered genetic damage.   (July 28, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Soldiers Detail a Mission Gone Wrong The Army concluded insurgents killed two guardsmen. But papers released later confirmed they died at the hands of their Iraqi trainees. (July 30, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Military Fails Some Widows Over Benefits For military widows, many of them young, stay-at-home mothers, the shock of losing a husband is often followed by the confounding task of untangling a collection of benefits from assorted bureaucracies. (June 27, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Stress disorder seen soaring among returning 
The Department of Veterans Affairs is on a pace to see nearly 20,000 new cases of post-combat stress this year among service members who've served in Iraq or Afghanistan, more than six times the number of cases that officials had expected. (June 19, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Investigators: VA data still at grave risk Sensitive information on millions of U.S. military personnel and veterans remains at grave risk because of weak security controls that have not yet been fixed, government investigators said Wednesday. (June 14, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)City, state veterans leaders seek munitions study During a campaign stop in Bristol, U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman said he may try to amend a defense spending bill next week to add money for a study about the impact of depleted uranium munitions on the health of veterans.
"We need an independent study," the Connecticut Democrat said.  (June 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)MoD ignores ruling on Gulf war syndrome Thousands of war veterans will lose the right to claim additional money for Gulf war syndrome because the Ministry of Defence has decided to ignore a landmark decision which ordered it to recognise the condition, the Guardian has learned. (June 13, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Veterans Groups Sues Over Data Theft A coalition of veterans' groups charged in a lawsuit Tuesday that their privacy rights were violated after thieves stole personal data on 26.5 million military personnel from a Veterans Affairs employee. (June 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Vets warned of possible virus exposure More than 22,000 veterans who underwent prostate biopsies at veterans' hospitals across the country are being warned that improperly sterilized equipment may have exposed them to deadly viruses. (June 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Bill Introduced to Lift Ban on Lawyers for
A bill which would allow veterans to hire lawyers to represent them in their efforts to obtain federal benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been introduced by U.S. Senators Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). Under current law, all 24 million living veterans are prohibited from hiring a lawyer to help them navigate the Veterans Affairs system.
(May 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA prompted to reach out to disabled veterans The Veterans Affairs Department is sending out letters to Illinois vets to address the state's 20-year history of ranking at the bottom of the nation for disability benefits. a total of 326,000 letters — affects Illinois and five other states with low benefits: Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio.
(May 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Air Force lieutenants to learn fates Wednesday Nearly 900 Air Force officers to be let go due to overstaffing. (May 10, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Pentagon takes recruiting to new heights Pentagon takes recruiting to new heights -- Hit by one of its most difficult recruiting periods in decades, the Defense Department is paying United Airlines to show passengers a Pentagon-produced video touting military jobs.
002.gif (805 bytes)Caring for Veterans on the Cheap How the Veterans' Administration has been shortchanging soldiers who come back wounded by Judith Coburn
April 28, 2006
002.gif (805 bytes)VA wants DNA from veterans One group of Americans accustomed to big sacrifices - military veterans - soon will be asked to volunteer their DNA. (April 23, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Push to cut Benefits for Vets who get VA and
       Social Security Compensation
Vets’ Commission Chair, General Terry Scott wants to study if vets should get VA compensation and Social Security disability at the same time with the aim of reducing benefits. In an unconstitutional move, he asks Congress to interpret its own law so he would have the power to launch study.
002.gif (805 bytes)VA Contracts Go to Ex-Chief's Company A Diamond Bar company headed by former Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi could get fees exceeding $1 billion from the VA, much of it on contracts approved and amended while he ran the agency, records show. (4/23/06)
002.gif (805 bytes)UT Southwestern gets $75 million for Gulf War
       illness study--FINALLY APPROVED!!
Now the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas will receive $15 million a year for five years and is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' designated Gulf War illness research center. Officials from the hospital and VA, which is funding the program, signed the formal partnership agreement Friday. (4/22/06)
002.gif (805 bytes)Facing up to Gulf War's silent killer Successive governments over the years have refused to recognize the existence of a single condition called Gulf War Syndrome and so the impasse continues. (4/20/06)
002.gif (805 bytes)Army suicides hit highest level since 1993 The number of U.S. Army soldiers who took their own lives increased last year to the highest total since 1993, despite a growing effort by the Army to detect and prevent suicides.
(April 21, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)San Antonio. scientist finds how bug hurts cells Scientists have long puzzled over how an oddly shaped bacterium called mycoplasma pneumoniae is able to cause a wide variety of respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma flare-ups.  (April 11, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)A three-part Los Angeles Times series following
       the lives of soldiers wounded in Iraq      
"Bringing Back The Wounded" is a three part series.
 (April 5, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Combat veterans, families invited to forum on
Maine veterans and their loved ones may want to mark their calendars for a coming presentation on post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25,  2006 at the Senator Inn in Augusta.
002.gif (805 bytes)Pentagon losing battle over health fees Lawmakers prepare to abandon proposed fee increases on health care for some military retirees. (3/15/2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)The trauma of war Experts fear cases of veterans
       with PTSD could skyrocket
The actual number of those who suffer from PTSD almost certainly is higher, veterans experts say, because the stigma attached to mental disorders sometimes keeps troops from acknowledging a problem or seeking treatment. Another factor that might keep reported cases deceptively low: PTSD frequently doesn't affect a person until long after he or she has suffered a traumatic experience. (Feb. 19, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Military under fire for 'abandoning' more than 1,000
       veterans with mental problems
Dramatic figures have been released revealing that at least 1,333 servicemen and women - almost 1.5 per cent of those who served in the Iraq war - have returned from the Middle East with serious psychiatric problems. (Feb. 16, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Gulf War Veteran Dennis Kyne Announces   
       Candidacy for San José City Council
Disabled combat veteran Dennis Kyne is taking on a new enemy - but this time it’s not on foreign soil and it’s not for the benefit of a few oil companies. This time around it’s to end political indifference, fiscal mismanagement and mayoral scandals that have plagued the city he loves.
002.gif (805 bytes)Soldier’s widow fights for medal Sue Riordon displays the medals her late husband (Terry Riordon) received for serving in the Gulf War. She wants to add the Liberation of Kuwait medal to her husbands collection however Ms. Riordon said she doesn’t have the medal because Canada won’t accept it. (Feb. 16, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)Veteran's Group (AGWVA) Gives 10,000  
       Disturbing  DVDs to Vets Request by David M.
The American Gulf War veterans Association, in conjunction with The Power Hour Productions, is giving away 10,000 DVDs of the video documentary "Beyond Treason" to veterans who simply ask for them. According to the documentary, the Veterans Administration has determined that 250,000 troops from the first Gulf War are now permanently disabled, 15,000 are dead and over 425,000 are ill and slowly dying  (Feb 9, 2006)
Perhaps the most controversial documentary produced about the 9-11 attacks was recently aired on Australia's "TEN" television network and placed second in the ratings.
002.gif (805 bytes)Tribute to Wade George - Gulf War Veteran who 
       passed away Jan. 21, 2006.
At 10:40 PM Jan. 21, 2006, Wade lost his fight with cancer. He had all of his family & a very close friend with him at his last moments. He will always be remembered! Please go to the bulletin board to read a little about Wade and his family and what they have endured.  Wade was only 41 years old.
002.gif (805 bytes)Veterans Need the Right to Hire a Lawyer Who Can Fight for the Soldiers? (Jan. 22, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)First Gulf War still claims lives The initial casualties were few. But they continue. They have drawn the attention of members of Congress, and now one Washington senator believes they demand further investigation. (Jan. 16, 2006)
002.gif (805 bytes)2 million veterans, widows miss out on VA pensions Nearly 2 million poor veterans or their impoverished widows are likely missing out on as much as $22 billion a year in pensions from the U.S. government, but the Department of Veterans Affairs has had only limited success in finding them.
(Dec. 22, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Latest Update from Michael New The US Court of Appeals has set a date for oral arguments in the case of Michael G. New vs. Donald Rumsfeld, et al
(Dec. 13, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Family Upset Over Marine's Body Arriving as
There's controversy over how the military is transporting the bodies of service members killed overseas. (Dec. 9, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA to Create Three Mental Health Centers of 
Secretary R. James Nicholson today announced that three locations – Waco, Texas; San Diego and Canandaigua, NY.
(Dec. 8, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)UT Southwestern to study Gulf illness - Dallas:
       Congress OKs $75 million for facility to consolidate
Dallas: Congress OKs $75 million for facility to consolidate research. Study of Gulf War illness gets boost with $75 million allocation. Nov.19, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Humboldt vet battles military for toxics data For 12 years between 1962 and 1974, the U.S. military conducted tests using live biological agents. Tugboats bobbing in the high seas off the Hawaiian Islands were sprayed with nerve gas and other agents and then were washed down with powerful decontaminants now suspected of being carcinogens. (Nov.13, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA Commits New Funding for Increased Gulf War
       Veterans’ Illnesses Research
In an effort to further answer medical questions involving veterans who served in the Gulf War, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved funding for 12 new research projects to better understand illnesses affecting some Gulf War veterans. Nov. 15, 2005
002.gif (805 bytes)Research panel calls for punishment of VA Federal officials excluded recent animal studies on the effects of low doses of sarin nerve gas in deciding whether maladies Gulf War vets suffer could be related to such exposure, the head of a panel on the illnesses said Tuesday.  Nov. 15, 2005
       by a few Gulf War Veterans!       
Check out the  testimonies on the Gulf War Council Website! (Nov. 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA backs off review of post-traumatic stress cases Unable to find extensive fraud, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday it would not launch a massive review of disability cases involving post-traumatic stress disorder. 11/11/05
002.gif (805 bytes)MoD concedes that Gulf War syndrome does exist The department’s change of mind, contained in a judgment by the war pensions appeal tribunal in London yesterday, will have far-reaching implications. At least 1,500 other Gulf War veterans will now be able to claim a war pension. (11/01/05)
002.gif (805 bytes)Gulf War veteran wins test appeal An ex-soldier has won a "landmark decision" to be awarded a disability pension for Gulf War Syndrome (GWS).  (11/01/05)
002.gif (805 bytes)EXCLUSIVE: MoD KNEW GULF WAR JABS
Declassified..the secret MoD papers that reveal Govt WAS aware Gulf War jabs could poison our troops By Grant Hodgson. 10/23/05
002.gif (805 bytes)The Costs of War at Walter Reed  (10/05)  By Stewart Nusbaumer - A Must Read!!! (10/05)
002.gif (805 bytes)"THEY'RE SENDING ME BACK TO HELL
       AGAIN"    by Larry Scott  (10/05)
 by Larry Scott - All of these veterans have a common bond. They all suffer from PTSD. They all receive VA compensation. And, they all live in fear of losing the small amount of income their VA compensation offers. (10/05)
002.gif (805 bytes)1 in 4 Iraq Vets Ailing On Return More than one in four U.S. troops have come home from the Iraq war with health problems that require medical or mental health treatment, according to the Pentagon's first detailed screening of service members leaving a war zone. (10/18/05)
002.gif (805 bytes)Troops screened as never before Pentagon efforts to screen troops for medical and psychological problems before and after they go to war — and in the months after they return home — could make the Iraq war veteran the most scrutinized fighter in American history. (10/18/05)
002.gif (805 bytes)When a bonus isn’t a bonus The Pentagon has reneged on its offer to pay a $15,000 bonus to members of the National Guard and Army Reserve who agree to extend their enlistments by six years, according to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Seattle). (10/16/05)
002.gif (805 bytes)VA Seeks to Punish Iraq War Veterans The Veterans Affairs Department (VA) is reviewing one-third of the cases of veterans who are receiving disability benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After conducting an internal study the VA believes it was too lenient in deciding which soldiers were eligible for PTSD benefits. 10/15/05
002.gif (805 bytes)Injured Soldiers Bring Home Rare Infection A recent outbreak of Acinetobacter baumannii infections among patients at military medical facilities across the country is presenting a treatment challenge for clinicians, adding to the cost of medical care, and raising concerns that injured soldiers may be importing rare bugs from overseas into U.S. hospitals.
(Oct. 7, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Pentagon Lists Units of Possible Nerve Gas Victims The Defense Department is notifying members and veterans of units listed here who may have been exposed to nerve gas during the Persian Gulf War.
002.gif (805 bytes)USAF Wants Sergeant Silenced; But Court
       Affirms Soldier's Free-Speech Rights 
A spokesman for a law firm dedicated to the defense of civil liberties and human rights says his organization is pleased that a judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of an Air Force sergeant who was punished for speaking out about tainted anthrax vaccine. 9/28/05
        Number of cases on rise
Mother says Army, Veterans Administration failed her son, who committed suicide. (Sept. 25, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Fight over veterans benefits exposed A doctor at Bay Pines VA Medical Center says he wasn't given enough time to evaluate patients. His superiors suspend him. (Sept. 6, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Off the Front Lines and Forgotten Iraq War veterans return home with excruciating mental and physical ailments -- and the treatment they are able to receive is shoddy at best. (Aug. 29, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Veterans passing down mood disorders Vietnam veterans still suffering from the trauma of their war experiences may have passed on their mental health disorders to their children, research suggests. (Aug. 28, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Wounded Soldier Enduring Battle with Cancer Sgt. Nathan Whaley, an armored vehicle launch bridge commander and squad leader, was shot in Iraq and while receiving treatment he discovered that this was only the first part of a long, bumpy road to recovery. Read: The Battle!
August, 2005
002.gif (805 bytes)Former Air Force Capt. Turned Activist Says Pentagon's Actions Towards Depleted Uranium Use 'Beyond Treason'  Article By Greg Szymanski Popular activist-broadcaster, Joyce Riley, hits government 'right between the eyes' with powerful new documentary exposing cover-up of depleted uranium illnesses, leaving Gulf War troops sick and dying.  (August 24, 2005 )
002.gif (805 bytes)Doyle signs legislation designating Jan. 17 Gulf War illness day Gov. Jim Doyle designated Jan. 17 Gulf War Illness Recognition Day under legislation he signed Wednesday meant to highlight the mystery ailments that plagued many veterans who served in the 1991 conflict. (Aug. 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Marine Accused in Shooting Pleads Innocent A decorated Marine accused of firing a shotgun at a crowd of club-goers pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted murder and other charges and was ordered to be evaluated at a state psychiatric hospital.  (Aug. 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)72,000 PTSD claims being re-evaluated! The U.S. government is reviewing 72,000 cases in which veterans have been diagnosed with severe PTSD, claiming that misdiagnosis and fraud have inflated the numbers. Outraged vets say the plan is a callous attempt to cut the costs of an increasingly expensive war. (Aug. 9, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Mental ills worsen after troops return Setting the stage for bizarre behavior -- Army: Mental ills worsen after troops return - Thirty percent develop problems within four months. (Aug. 1, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Beta-Blockers 'blot out memories' (PTSD)

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Realted Article - Check out this drug Inderal !!
A common blood pressure drug could help people who have witnessed traumatic events, such as the London bombings, to block out their distressing memories. (Aug. 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Officials Report Progress, Challenges in Treating
       Combat Stress
the Defense Department is working to improve the way it prevents, identifies and treats mental illness among troops who are serving or have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Army officials told Congress July 27, 2005.
002.gif (805 bytes)DoD to Notify Gulf War Vets on Latest Chem
       Agents Study
The Defense Department is again sending letters to thousands of Gulf War veterans exposed to low levels of chemical agents contained in munitions destroyed at a weapons depot in Khamisiyah, Iraq, in March 1991. (July 27, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Anthrax inoculation extension sought The Pentagon may continue its voluntary anthrax vaccination program for about another six months, until Jan. 14. (July 25, 2005 article)
002.gif (805 bytes)Munition Exposure Linked to Brain Cancer in US
Gulf War veterans exposed to chemical munitions at Khamisiyah, Iraq are nearly twice as likely as their unexposed peers from the same war to die from brain cancer, according to a report in the American Journal of Public Health. (July 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Brain cancer linked to nerve agent For the first time, a study has found an increase in brain cancer deaths among Gulf War veterans who might have been exposed to the nerve agent sarin by the destruction of Iraqi weapons in 1991. (July 26, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Senate Panel OKs Increases for Amtrak and
All told, the veterans' medical services account would receive $23.3 billion for the budget year starting Oct. 1 — 16 percent more than current levels. (July 21, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Chronic fatigue is not all in the mind AT LONG last, we are beginning to get to grips with chronic fatigue syndrome. (July 21, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)DoD Notifies Khamisiyah Veterans on Latest IOM Study DoD is reaching out to Gulf War veterans whose units may have been exposed to very low levels of chemical agent resulting from the demolition of munitions at Khamisiyah, Iraq.
(July 16, 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Veterans Affairs faces $1 billion shortfall The Department of Veterans Affairs told Congress that its health care costs grew faster than expected and left a $1 billion hole in its budget this year, lawmakers said Thursday. (July 2005)
002.gif (805 bytes)Testing for depleted uranium in La. soldiers passes into law Louisiana became the first state in the nation to pass a bill to give to all military veterans returning from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom the right to be tested for depleted uranium (DU) contamination. The bill received unanimous bipartisan support, and Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco signed it into law on June 16.
Gulf War Syndrome - Parasympathetic Nervous System at Risk This is according to a study by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. (Feb.8, 2005)
Sanders Announces Funding For Gulf War Syndrome Research A $5 million federal grant will go toward Gulf War syndrome research, Congressman Bernie Sanders said. (Feb. 15, 2005)
Canadian Forces doubt U.S. study on Gulf War Syndrome January 04, 2005 Article by Mark Cardwell printed in The Medical Post.
Reference to article in Fall 2004 AMVETS Magazine relating to Veterans, active duty, and Reserve service.. by Jim Doran, NSO Many National Guard & Reserve members get screwed by the way the Reserve Hqs. and National Guard Bureau word & fund their active duty orders
PubMed Articles pertaining to GWS Various articles for Gulf War Veterans
Victims From First Gulf War File Suit Aug 2003 By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press Writer
Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange win round against government 1 April 2002 By DAVID KRAVETS Associated Press Writer
VA orders more study of Deaths after Gulf War 4 Mar 2002 Associated Press by Suzanne Gamboa
Veteran in dire need of Liver is kept off waiting list 4 Mar 2002 by Elinor J. Brecher
US bars experts from anti MoD Testimony 4 Mar 2002 The Guardian by Clare Dyer and Richard Norton-Taylor
Gulf War Link to Lou Gehrig's Disease 10 Dec 2001 Associated Press
Warren adopts Congress-specified flag. 4 Nov 2001 The Express-Times by BRYAN W. WAAGNER
Military Injustice at McGuire 28 Nov 01 From Military Corruption .com inc.
Open Letter to Secretary of the Air Force 28 Nov 01 From Military Corruption .com inc.
Different Spanks for Different Ranks 28 Nov 01 From Military Corruption .com inc.
Pentagons latest weapon: A pain beam 2 March, 2001   Story from AP
Kirtland to test nonlethal weapon 1 March 2001 Story from AP
Uranium scare worries NATO 27 Feb 2001 The Ottawa Citizen by Mike Blanchfield
DU Shell Game 9 Jan, 2001 CBS News
It's Alive: Army Backtracks on Spray 6 Nov, 2000 Lake Sun Leader, by Marsha Paxson
Lake Residents Back Move to Stop Bio Training 2 Nov, 2000 Lake Sun Leader, by Marsha Paxson
Petitioners Sign to Halt Use of Bio Agents 29 Oct,2000 Lake Sun Leader, by Marsha Paxson
DoD officials still feel strongly that the AVIP is necessary! 6 Oct 2000 American Forces Press Service By Staff Sgt. Kathleen T. Rhem, USA
Wyeth-Ayerst Pays $30 Million for FDA Violations   5 Oct. 2000 The Associated Press By Lauran Neergaard
FDA says illnesses show no links to anthrax vaccine 3 Oct. 2000, Associated Press
Fort Polk: Biological training won't endanger public 4 Oct.  2000 Alexandria Daily Town Talk By Mandy Maxwell
Official: Fort Polk biological training poses no threat 3 Oct. 2000 American Press By Shawn Martin
Gulf War vets may face brain disease 3 Oct. 2000 Houston Chronicle, By Todd Ackerman
Anthrax Vaccine Had Unlikely Critic 29 Sept. 2000 The Hartford Courant By Thomas D. Williams
Gulf War Illnesses Affect 300,000 Vets 19 Sep. 2000 St. Paul Pioneer Press, by Ellen Tomson
Pentagon To Reveal Biowarfare Tests Sept. 20, 2000,LOS ANGELES,  CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales
Response from JRTC and Fort Polk 13 Sep 2000 Dan Nance Deputy Public Affairs Officer
Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) 6 Sept. 2000 Beauregard Daily News, DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, Louisiana.
Findings Mixed on Gulf War Hazards 8 Sept 2000 The Hartford Courant by Thomas D. Williams
Tests show Gulf War Victims Have Uranim Poisoning 3 Sept. 2000 The Sunday Times by Jonathon Carr-Brown and Martin Meissonnier
British defense officials accused of stealing Gulf War vets' organs 27 Aug. 2000 London Observer Service By ANTONY BARNETT
Documents hold anthrax secrets. 25 Aug. 2000 Lansing State Journal by A.J. Evenson
US Military slowing anthrax vaccinations 10 July 2000 Reuters
Pentagon running short of vaccine. 10 July 2000 by Barbara Starr
Airmen, Soldiers Learn Aerial Pesticide Spraying Techniques AIR FORCE: The Officer/July2000, Director, Air Force Affairs, ROA Col. Claire J. Gilstad, USAFR (Ret.)
Judge Agrees Anthrax Vaccine Unsafe; Halts Court Martial 5 May 2000, Friday's Canada News Briefs By The Associated Press
Death ruling raises issue of Gulf War ills 15 April 2000 Houston Chronicle By ALLAN TURNER
Research on Gulf War-Associated Neurologic Illness Division of Epidemiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center Robert W. Haley, M.D., Director
U.S. Firms Aiding Iraqi Oil Industry February 20, 2000 Special to The Washington Post
G.I. Thinks Anthrax Vaccine is Responsible for Illness Feb 13,2000 The Fayetteville Observer by J.S. Newton
When Vaccines Do Harm To Kids Insight Magazine by Aimee Howd
Pilots Punished for Refusing Vaccine Feb 12, 2000 Associated Press by Amy Forliti
Native American Vet to Ride Wheelchair to State Capital in Protest to Gulf War January 25, 2000 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DOD releases final report on 2 Gulf War incidents January 18, 2000 American Forces Press Service
DOD final report finds chemical exposure at An Nasiriyah unlikely January 13, 2000 Office of the Asst. Sec of Defense
Final report; Chemical warfare agent "Definitely not present" at Camp Monterey January 13, 2000 Office of the Asst. Sec of Defense
Natick scientists look to arm soldiers with nutrition 12 Jan 2000, Army News Service by Jane Benson
Suffering for their service 20 Nov 99, Alexandria Daily Town Talk by Andrew Griffin
Pentagon Anthrax Program Suffers Setback 14 Dec 99, Washington Post by Bradley Graham
Military Anthrax Shots Delayed 14 Dec 99, New York Times, Associated Press
Executive Order gives DOD power to use investigational drugs on military 19 Dec 99, News Front Story by J. Stryker Meyer
Gulf War vet study has first evidence of brain damage Los Angeles Times article by Paul Richter
Test Drug May Be Cause of GWS 18 Oct 99, New York Times article by Steven Lee Myers
Unlicensed Vaccines and Bioweapon Defense in World War II Aug 99, JAMA article by Martin Furmanski, M.D.
Gulf War's dirtiest secret 26 Sep 99, Scottsdale Tribune, Barry Forbes
Anthrax shots come under GOP fire 3 Aug 99, Washington Times
U.S. does an about face on hepatitis B vaccine 11 July 99, Detroit News
Vaccine's possible perils listed in military papers 29 Jun 99, Union Tribune, by Dwight Daniels
Gene trait could cause Gulf War Syndrome Reuters, 16 Jun 99
GAO Calls for Squalene Tests 26 Apr 99, by Paul Rodriguez
Breakthrough on Gulf War Illness 19 Apr 99, by Paul Rodriguez
Gulf War Mystery and HIV 3 Nov 97, by Paul Rodriguez
The Gulf War Mystery 8 Sep 97, by Paul Rodriguez
Sickness and Secrecy 25 Aug 97, by Paul Rodriguez
Dover base commander counters fears The News Journal 13 May 99
Doctors need anthrax training The News Journal 12 May 99
Court-Martial ordered for Marine Marine Corps Times 10 May 99
Lawmaker: Hold anthrax shots Marine Corps Times 10 May 99
Anthrax; everything you wanted to know..... 3 May 99, Air Force Times
SLU seeks tots for trial vaccine 5 Mar 99, St Louis Review
Services discharge those who refuse vaccine 11 Mar 99, New York Times article
KSU research may delve into deadly agents 26 Feb 99, article from the AP
Air Force withheld data, altered AO study 31 Oct 98, article from the AP
40 Years of Gov. Sponsored Ecological Terrorism Oct 98, Article By Joyce
Suspect diagnosed with GWS 15 Sep 98, Lakeland Ledger
Guard Plans Mission Change POW'S / Civilian Internees???
Vaccines Linked to Abortion KC Star Article
FDA Nabs Anthrax Supplier On Violations. 25 May 98, Navy Times Article
Clinton calls for germ war antidotes 21 May 98, Washington Post Article
Illness from the Gulf May 4 Article from Army Times
Guinea Pigs Regain Rights From the Constitution Web Site
McAlvaney Intelligence Advisor GWS Aug 96
International Journal of Medicine Feb 23 Article by Joyce Riley
Mycoplasma Meets the Public Health Research by George Hylak
Human Guinea Pigs The Winds Jan 98, Feature Article
Washington Post Article, 12 Jan. 98 Pentagon tells FDA it will do better
JAMA article 6 Aug, 1997 Excerpt from article
Attorney's Letter Obstruction of Justice Lawsuit
A Lecture By Capt. Joyce Riley Adrian, Mich. 15 Jan 1996
Oct 16 Article Insight Magazine Follow-up by Paul Rodriguez on HIV mix
Sept 15th USA Today Article Schwarzkopf regrets lying to Congress
Aug 21st  New York Times Article Dramatic reversal on gulf war illness
Aug 11th Washington Post Article Anti HIV Mix found in Gulf Vets
Sept 6th Washington Post Article Panel suggests program to help vets

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