Posted: February 28th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian
Mili Note: Some of you may know that my wife is a Gulf War Veteran (US Navy) and served on-site during the entirety of the conflict. Since then, she has been fighting the Illness and spent ten years being told by the VA that it was “all in her head” and being put on various psychiatric medications to dope her up. Her illness was due to something more sinister than just the random b.s. that the VA admits to now (particulates from burning wells, pesticides and bromide pills).
Those of you familiar with what Vaccine A was, will know what I am talking about. The VA will not admit to this, but during the Gulf War, they used experimental Anthrax vaccinations on our troops. Of my wife’s ship’s crew (sans the officers), more than half are now dead – many from suicide or undiagnosed illnesses. I will soon review a book that details Vac A and the events surrounding it. Big Pharma routinely uses our troops as a vast human guinea pig lab for testing pharmaceuticals, all with a nod of OK from the government.
The Veterans Affairs Department says it will look again at the rejected claims of veterans who say their Gulf War servicecaused a mysterious illness, the first step toward potentially compensating them nearly two decades after the war ended.
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said the decision is part of a “fresh, bold look” his department is taking to help veterans who have what’s commonly called “Gulf War illness” and have long felt the government did little to help them. The VA says it also plans to improve training for medical staff who work with Gulf War vets, to make sure they do not simply tell vets that their symptoms are imaginary — as has happened to many over the years.
“I’m hoping they’ll be enthused by the fact that this … challenges all the assumptions that have been there for 20 years,” Shinseki told The Associated Press in an interview.
The changes reflect a significant shift in how the VA may ultimately care for some 700,000 veterans who served in the Gulf War. They also could improve the way the department handles war-related illnesses suffered by future veterans, because Shinseki said he wants standards put in place that don’t leave veterans waiting decades for answers to what ails them.
The decision comes four months after Shinseki opened the door for about 200,000 Vietnam veterans to receive service-related compensation for three illnesses stemming from exposure to the Agent Orange herbicide.
About 175,000 to 210,000 Gulf War veterans have come down with a pattern of symptoms ranging from mild to severe that include rashes, headaches, memory problems, joint and muscle pain, sleep issues and gastrointestinal problems, according to a 2008 congressionally mandated committee that based the estimate on earlier studies.