Post deployment illness Gulf War

The ground war lasted four days and resulted in 147 battlefield deaths, but almost 199,000 of the 698,000 people who were deployed have since qualified for some degree of service-related disability. Of those, 13,317 people are disabled by "undiagnosed conditions"; Medically Unexplained Symptoms; Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS) or Unexplained Symptoms

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Government faulted for response to ill veterans

Sixteen years after the Persian Gulf War, 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 recently.
"This is a tragic record of failure, and the time lost
can never be regained," Binns (of VA-RAC on GWI) told
the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

The Gulf War Registry is the only program in place
right now that is free, reports medical information, and is
even still called "Gulf War". Everything else at VA is under
Environmental Health, and you see how well that program
works. The last three years that program has steadily gone
down the tubes.

The Gulf War Registry gains a temporary reprieve when VA took over
the St. Louis veteran reporting hotline, the contract had run out
Dec 1st 2005. However, the funding for the hotline came from
Agent Orange rather than Gulf War.

The Gulf War Registry funding lapsed in 2003,
and it only exist now because of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Persian Gulf Registry started in 1992, and ran until it became the
Gulf War Registry, and started taking in Iraqi Freedom vets. However,
many like myself had assumed that quite a few had made it to Phase II
exams. Well, in this spreadsheet it becomes obvious that VA very much
mishandled this program. Something I had written the Whitehouse earlier
this year about.


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