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

Friday, September 24, 2010

[1] What is the GWVIS ?
Public Law 102-85, enacted on November 4, 1992, authorized the creation of the Gulf War Registry as well as the Gulf War Veterans Information System (GWVIS). VA began preparing GWVIS reports in 2000, and VA ceased producing the reports in 2008 after VCS observed that VA’s GWVIS reports were incomplete. VA has since confirmed that it failed to update computer programming to identify all disabled Gulf War veterans.

[2] Where is the GWVI-TF and why do they not demand the GWVIS report production in a through and timely manner (like Sept 2010)?

John Gingrich, Chief of Staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Chairman of is the Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force
(GWVI-TF, or “Task Force”).
the Task Force was designed as a matrix organization within VA that meets regularly to investigate allegations and perceptions, analyze facts and data, coordinate and review findings and proposals, and collaboratively develop recommendations.
The Task Force includes staff from the
Office of the Secretary (OSVA), VHA, VBA,
Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (OPIA),
Office of Policy and Planning (OPP), and the
Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs (OCLA).

The staff from these offices represented a broad spectrum of subject matter expertise and stakeholder perspectives necessary to ensure success. Members were charged with defining the key areas of review, consulting key experts and relevant stakeholders, and capturing the issues, data, programmatic and performance information necessary to inform their recommendations.

[3] How does the stakeholders organizations and veterans know the VA system is being used in behalf Gulf War Veterans with the data from the GWVIS or meetings/phone numbers/webpage of the Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force ?
Is this lack of communication with the Taskforce valuable for gulf war era vets?
Will service connection for veterans Sunset?

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