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, December 31, 2009

Gulf Vets Health care issue

bureaucracy - Definition [byoo-rok´r?-se]
(n.) Administration of a government chiefly through bureaus or departments…
(n.) Management or administration marked by hierarchical authority among…
(n.) An administrative system in which the need or inclination to follow…

Bureaucracy is the structure and set of regulations in place to control activity,
usually in large organizations and government. As opposed to adhocracy,
it is represented by standardized procedure.
the relevance to gulf war exposures and distance from potenical sources of
combustion products is still under Study.

Is this vet, Sergent Hammack getting mishanded by the VISTA records system?
She has been a patient and received VA health care for last 12 years.
Her Mammograms were preformed by VA Boston and VA Washington DC.
Her last Mammogram tested VA Miami was questionable and physican was to
compare with earlier exams. Did this Desert Storm vet fall thur the cracks?

Problem is her doctor can not find the
exams (of 2005 and 2007). It is sad that her earlier records are lost.
Her VA doctors only option order another exam in three months to
idenify any adverse changes.

Committee Scientific Director Roberta White, PhD, associate dean for research at
Boston University's School of Public Health, stated: "Veterans of the first Gulf
War have been plagued by ill health since their return 17 years ago. Although
the evidence for this health phenomenon is overwhelming, veterans repeatedly
find that their complaints are met with cynicism and a 'blame the victim'
mentality that attributes their health problems to mental illness or
non-physical factors."

I guess this could an IG complaint. Seamless transitions from one VA
hospital to another VAMC is not yet in effect. Is this medical records
screw up happening in the civilain hospital system.


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