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, September 04, 2010

Will VA continue Gulf War Health Survey Cohort ?

This notice could be the Deconstruction of Gulf War Programs/Regulations.
Gulf war illness—better, worse, or just the same? Annual cohort study
First, to describe changes in the health of Gulf war veterans studied in a previous occupational cohort study
and to compare outcome with comparable non-deployed military personnel.

Secondly, to determine whether differences in prevalence between Gulf veterans and controls at follow up can be explained by greater persistence or greater incidence of disorders.

Third, Gulf War Veterans have previously been shown to have, in the short-term, an excess risk of death from ‘external’(i.e. non-disease) causes of death.

Fourth, study aims to determine whether there remains an excess of non-disease-related deaths in Gulf Veterans, years after deployment, and, for long as GW vets/stakers use the VA System,(this study) needed to determine whether there is a relationship between experiences reported in the Gulf, post-war symptoms, and subsequent mortality experience.

> [OMB Control No. 2900-New (VA Form 10-0488)]
> Proposed Information Collection (Follow-Up Study of a National
> Cohort of Gulf War and Gulf Era Veterans) Activity: Comment Request
> AGENCY: Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.
> ACTION: Notice.
> -------------------------------------------------------------------->
With respect to the following collection of information, VHA invites comments on:
(1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of VHA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(2) the accuracy of VHA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information;

(3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology.

Jagmedic said
Seeing Federal Registry Notices like this makes me wonder if the "don't Look - don't Find" Doctrine is being reactivated?



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