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

Saturday, October 10, 2009

End of Gulf War Advisory Committe - VA

Why did this Committee leave out these facts from their final report ? (oct 2009)
Why did the VA fail to transmitt this information to thier medical staff in VA - office of Education ?
Omission of data is just one reason why Gulf War Heath Programs failed. - Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans
"Distractions, depression and procrastination are set up by the enemy to make you give up!
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In addition, VA should invite all Veterans who participated in the original Gulf War Registry exams to complete follow-up examinations. As of June 2009, 112,257 Gulf War Veterans have had a registry exam but fewer than 5% had follow-up exams. A dynamic outreach effort will raise awareness for those Veterans whose illnesses have manifested over time as well as remind them that VA is here for them. From 1992 to 1995 the first 30,000 Gulf war veterans may have not had very comprehensive exams. By 1995 the Registry changed when it was modified to implement “Uniform Case Assessment Protocols” as outlined in GAO report HEHS 98 139R.

Often exams were inconsistent, and varied widely from one VAMC to another. Doctors sometimes would not authorize expensive laboratory procedures or harbored undue biases. So studying this first cohort would be productive in following up how there health changed these last 18 years.

Of the 112,257 Gulf War registry participants this will also provide an opportunity for those who were previously turned away from VA to be re-evaluated for their undiagnosed illnesses against better medical and scientific understanding of Gulf War illnesses. VA should use the information from these exams to chronicle what has happened to these Veterans and chart the course of their illnesses over time. There is research value in understanding what has happened to these Veterans and this information may inform the development of much needed treatments. A comprehensive review of Gulf War Veterans’ medical records for common medical conditions, such as, cancers, mental health issues, miscarriages, birth defects and suicides could further increase VA’s body of knowledge on this cohort and perhaps lead to enhanced healthcare for them.


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