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Gulf War issues. Deployment Health Support Directorate
1995 - 20,000,000 Gulf War military records declassified
1996 - 6,000,000 files given to OSAGWI to put on website
1996 - 1,700,000 files are medically relevant
1997 - 42,943 put up on website
At a cost of $150,000,000 less than .007% of the Gulf War Military 
records have been declassified for public release. 16 years later 
99.993% is classified , and the Pentagon has vowed to reclassify 
these records. This include Confidential Records that should have 
been released at the 15 year mark.
On February 14th 1999 I sent OSAGWI a FOIA asking for the bulk 
of its records names be declassified, and sent to me. I received a 
partial reply from General Vesser in a box with 2,877 pages, and 
two CD's. On the CD was the Structured database file and other part 
was a unstructured file. Again, only of the 42,943 files on the 
public server. In the Nov 5th1999 response letter from OSAGWI to 
me they explained they were processing the classified portion of the 
log sheets for me. That was the last I ever heard from them on paper 
concerning this FOIA. It remains mostly unanswered to this day 
on the other 6,000,00 files.
OSAGWI database file of 42,943 files 
OSAGWI response to me concerning partial response to FOIA
The Pentagon hides behind Executive Order 13292 so that the bulk 
of what happened in the Gulf remains hidden from the public. Except 
this is criminal intent to withhold information of neglect, misconduct, 
mishandling, and much worse during the Gulf War. The very same 
people who say nothing happened are the ones with full knowledge 
of those records, and vow to conceal them at all cost. The same people 
who lead us back to Iraq again under false terms, and created yet another 
disaster to live down.  
There should be FULL public disclosure, and we have the right to know 
what really happened in Iraq from 1990 to present.

How to complain to Veteran Affairs about your health care

November 8th, 2015

New RAC meeting, running off the old
September 29th the RAC had its first meeting with its new staff, and
gave up on the last of the old members it could get rid of. The meeting 
centered around the WRIISC, and how it was trying to take a new 
direction with its efforts. 
What really came through was the WRIISC was business as usual. 
A one time visit program designed to fail like it has the last 13 years. 
Its charter and function a complete bastardization of PL 105-368 for 
which it was created in 1998. Keeping in mind VA stalled its formation 
till 2002.
The DC, Palo Alto, and New Jersey clinics were quite prideful even 
though they have no successful research or treatment program. There 
new shining example the "polyphenol study", grape juice. You would 
have to drink a 1,000 gallons a day to get enough to benefit you.
Bioflavanoids are great, except you cant get enough of them in nature. 
The study is designed to fail so VA can keep saying "We dont know".
What did they turn there noses up at? A negative dietary impact 
study to warn veterans of food items that might not benefit them
or worse. The TBHQ in Ramen which throws me for a loop. Tertiary 
butylhydroquinone is only safe at .02% in foods, and its known that 
higher than that has significant side effects. Why not help vets avoid 
things that would make them worse. 
Why turn there noses at this? Because going up against these food 
items would incur the wrath of the FDA, USDA, and lobbyist who 
claim its safe and approved. Doesnt matter its wrong, they dont want 
to loose there jobs trying to even say so. Just easier to let vets suffer 
and die than explore this option. Its about the money, not about doing 
what is right. Proof once more the WRIISC is not on our side. 
In steps Dr. Stephen Hunt, Dr. Somatoform from PDICI days and the 
former Deployment Health clinic at WRAMC to push his very old 
agenda. Something VA has clung to replace Dr. Brown, and 
Dr. Engle who touted and supported the same ideas. What is going 
to take to get rid of these government legacy personnel carrying 
excess baggage and axes to grind against Gulf War vets. 
The meeting now free of many of the old valves to keep it in check 
showed clear evidence of internal VA influence, and steering the 
committee into darker waters. IOM had been cut out, so they 
needed a similar IOM over tone which comes from the WRIISC 
and the PDICI. Bad or pointless research. 
DOD has no plan to cope with Leishmaniasis 
already in the blood supply
Here it is November, 5 months later and DOD has no response to 
my letter about Leishmaniasis in the blood supply. That is because 
they dont want others knowing they have no plan or desire to even 
admit this has already happened. Liability, non military law suits
that might be retro active to 2004. 
DOD like always has no concern for disease vectors that come 
home from foreign deployments. Much like MDR Acinetobacter 
Baumannii, West Nile Virus,  MDR Hepatitis C, and now the strains 
of foreign Leishmaniasis that have been let into the blood supply 
through military blood donations. 
Not reacting is a admittance of guilt because if it was not a issue they 
would just say so, and spell it out over at WRAMC. Except, they 
are so afraid of this that they dont want to say anything at all. 
Not until either the CDC suddenly becomes honest, or enough 
of these people rally to fight back. 
Dont count on the media in this. They wont raise a finger until one 
of them contracts this through blood donations or a wealthy person 
does. This is a orphan disease that has no real supporters. 
Its a vile shame things like this happen that dont need to. That 
and the administrations that know of it and remain quiet.
Letter of Dissent to the ACGWV final report and how 
VA covered it up in 2009.
On the day of the committee final report I opposed the PDICI part 
of the report. It was clear to me that this program would be used to 
promote the somatoform diagnosis condemning Gulf War vets 
needlessly. This was met with bitter retaliation by the committee 
members loyal to the chairman. I stood my ground. Was promised 
the letter would be posted on the VA website. It was not. 
In the report it barely acknowledges this fact as ( one member 
dissented ) and went on with no explanation. After that the Gulf War 
Illness Task Force loosely remarked about our committee and after 
that any links to this committee disappeared. Its certainly not on 
the main VA Gulf War webpage though the Research Advisory 
Committee is. 
So for 7 years VA secretly supported the PDICI and black balled me 
so that I would have no say in Gulf War issues at all. Has Puget 
Sound in Seattle Washington made land marks strides in Gulf War 
medical research, nope. Yet, they just presented to the New RAC 
meeting like they are the future of this program.  
The Verification of the letter to DOD - Contamination 
of blood supply
Had sent the letter to DOD "read receipt request" and they ignored 
it. Congress did not. So I called to verify they had it. They did and 
sent it up the chain at FHA / FHP. When I asked why they didnt 
do the "RCR" they stated they dont do that. I asked they include 
the subcommittee in the response and they said NO. Really? I didnt 
know they had this kind of job security. What contempt. 
Now comes notifying other sources so that all involved understand 
the situation and what it represents. 12 years of working this and Im 
tired of waiting for anyone to do whats right about this situation. Its 
up to me to fix this somehow even though Im broke and no financial
means or donations. Like that ever stopped me the last 18 years.
The letter to DOD - Contamination of blood supply 
through OIF, OEF troop blood donations with 
I fired the email off to DOD today and CC'd Congress on it about 
the Leishmaniasis issue. Sure DOD will try to pretend they didnt 
get it and spend lots of time trying to make me contact non-essential 
people with this to slow it down.
Next is going to my Congressman and explain it to him. 
By the way, its the 15th anniversary of the mail list. Gosh, so much 
has happened and much of it hard to believe. Going to make a great 
book in a little while. Like that Ive been published in Science magazine, 
Wall Street Journal, Wired, IOM reports, Stars and Stripes, dozens of 
local news papers, NPR, assorted TV programs, and then all that international 
press in 2003. Weird seeing myself on German TV, Chinese TV, and so 
many different languages. Gosh, I was so scared when I spoke to the 
Presidential Special Over Sight Board. Taking on OSAGWI. That giant
FOIA campaign to get all those records released. All those meetings at 
the Pentagon and then other public events. But, by the time I spoke to Bob 
Dole on the task force it was old hat. Then getting that VA advisory committee 
and getting on it was such a mind blower. Man it was a ride. 
But its a pretty sorry chapter in American history right now and its 
getting harder each year to do even the little stuff. 1999 turned out to 
be a fairly good year compared to how miserable 2015 is. The 25th 
anniversary of the Gulf War is a silent affair America does now want 
to discuss. How nice for those of us that went. So tired of being 
trivialized by people who never did anything with there lives.

The short RAC meeting June 23rd

Called in to the RAC meeting throughout the day. It had its pluses 
and minuses. It was nice to hear Dr. James Baraniuk present and 
his kind references to others work. Then Dr Stephen Hunt spoke and 
brought back all the bad memories of VA and its somatoform program 
the PDICI in Seattle. The very thing I dissented on the final report of 
my committee knowing full well it was not going to help Gulf War vets. 
What did VA do, they made Dr. Hunt part of the inner circle with the 
Gulf War Illness Task Force and drove away all dissenters just like 
they did with Dr. Charles Engle of the Deployment Health Clinic in 
2000. Was that over good science, not even. Nobody remembers 
Engle as a hero of the cause and neither is Dr Hunt. 
I submitted a statement for the record and went to great lengths to 
make sure it was acknowledged before the end of the day. In it I point 
out several issues and ideas. From dietary trials, to the verification of 
a sterile cure of Leishmanaisis in Gulf War era veterans to protect the 
blood supply, to fact that DOD is still trying to keep 99% of the records 
to the Gulf War top secret at the 25th anniversary of the war. The need 
to sequence the genomes of the blood samples at UT Southwestern to 
compare for genetic anomalies from the war that arent in the general 
My campaign to call out DOD on the contamination of the blood by 
Leishmaniasis is picking up speed now. The attempt to silence me 
last week has only pissed me off, and made sure I wont stop till the 
whole nation knows about this disease in detail and why its here. How 
the Pentagon betrayed the public trust and does not want culpability. 
( Note: check term message history to see the full letter. )
Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry
Tried my luck registering with the Burn Pit registry having waited 
long enough for VA to work out the bugs. Tried the DS login and 
got that damn unwanted DOD warning screen. This is no accident, 
its meant to frighten off soldiers and veterans talking of being under 
surveillance. They want the registry to fail, and I know I dont want 
to go through a DOD portal that puts me on the NSA monitor list. 
Have sent a email to VA executive branch stating the problem. So 
full well expect them to do what they usually do and ignore this. 
my access dmdc portal

Oil Well Fire Registry

Same thing with this, warning disclaimer designed to frighten 
off veterans who dont want to endure the NSA back dooring 
them. Designed to fail by technicality.
Another RAC meeting the 23rd of June
The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' 
Illnesses will meet on June 23, 2015, in Washington, DC. 
The meeting will be held in Room 230, 810 Vermont Avenue 
NW., Washington, DC, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. All 
sessions will be open to the public. Interested persons who 
cannot attend the meeting may use this toll-free telephone 
number (800) 767- 1750; access code 56978# to listen to 
the meeting. 
The Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans
Former Secretary of VA James Peake handing me my committee appointment certificate
VA has set out to remove all evidence from its website that the 
Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans ever existed. All 
that is left is the archival page, but has no referrers to it from 
the VA Gulf War webpage or any other location. So the meetings,
content, presentations, and such are completely ignored all these 
years. Like the CDC presentation on Leishmaniasis by Barbara 
Herwadlt, of which on page 35 its eluded that they can never be 
sure the disease is truly resolved.ACGWV CDC 2009 presentation 
Ive gone on for years about the threat to the blood supply, and 
in 2006 Walter reed finally hinted to the very thing I had said 
since 2003.  
2006 Sep;46(9):1641-5.
Leishmania: risk to the blood supply.
Cardo LJ1.
Author information
1Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, 
Maryland 20910,
Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom 
present a much greater Leishmania threat than did Operation 
Desert Storm. Because most transmission by transfusion 
occurs in endemic areas, and visceral infection is asymptomatic 
in healthy individuals such as blood donors, it is difficult to 
determine the absolute risk of transmission by transfusion, but 
review of the literature provides many clues as to the appropriate 
measures to be taken for blood donor deferral.
DOD and VA have done everything to bury the hard work of 
people like myself. This most recent attempt on my committee 
was one of several efforts to dismiss real issues. To simply not 
deal with them. The committee should be reinstated since its work 
was never recognized or acted on, but preferably with new members 
who are not ringers for VA that gladly went silent. The healthcare 
and benefits issues have never even really been addressed that we 
raised, much less resolved.
The new Research Advisory Committee meeting
Had been concerned what the new chairman would be like once
he sat at the table. Sure enough, a meek person towing the line 
hoping VA will take him serious. The meeting on the 20th was 
about a sleepy as they come.
VA never took the RAC serious since 2002 or acted on any 
of its recommendations. It was dragged into countless hearings 
defying congressional inquiries into the very topic. The members 
all but openly accused VA of fraud. In return VA gutted the committee 
in favor of a more docile IOM style committee they could more 
easily manage and ignore. Unless the committee made a recommendation 
to study substance abuse which VA would leap on. 
The new chairman will certainly learn what frustration is as he 
begins to see he was suckered into this job. Passive is just another 
name for forgotten in the annals of history. Just what VA wants of 
him, take the show into muddy waters and languish there obscurely.

Army Denies it Sought to Hide Troops' Chemical Exposure in Iraq

In October 2014 The New York Times published a lengthy series 
based on documents acquired through Freedom of Information Act 
requests and interviews with Iraq War veterans, including 17 who were 
exposed to chemical agents. The Times said that about 5,000 chemical 
warheads, shells or aviation bombs were found by U.S. troops following 
the 2003 invasion.
I was so irritated with this article because it just scratches the surface 
of all those FOIA's out there that asks so much more about Iraq. Yet, now
that OEF and OIF are over DOD wants to pretend even this didnt happen. We 
need the media to dig deeper into the massive fraud that is the whole 1990 
to present 2 trillion dollar fiasco in this region. So much is being concealed
from nuclear, chemical, and biological events as well as experimentation
on troops. The items left out in the open sand from 1990 that waited for 
us to trip over them in 2003. The cover up of the EOD personnel who had 
to deal with these aging relics that often fell apart or blew out on them. 
Not to mention the on going burn pit saga of those down wind of them.
How can we be so blatantly ignorant of the waste and fraud committed in 
the mishandling of this region by our government the last 25 years. From 
the cover up of what happened then to the missions in between ( Desert Fox )
to the out right invasion and occupation in 2003. Only to loose it to another 
radical group in 2015. We need to come clean on the whole mess and stop
living the political lie that more than 5 million veterans live with today. 
Now we have things like Leishmaniasis loose in the blood supply as 
thousands of soldiers donate blood that shouldnt. Ones with dormant 
L Major, L Tropica, L Dondonavi, and so on. This can hardly be found 
even when your looking for it without a PCR DNA test which they are 
not screening for. How long will this go on before people come forward 
asking why they have it and how they got it. Only to find the FDA wants 
to wait out the carriers hoping it wont infect too many people before it 
resolves in one generation. They can wait 40 years for it to pass.
The carefully orchestrated VA plan to drive the vets 
and there advocates away before the 25th anniversary 
of the Gulf War
You had to be there to see it, and even then so it was stunning that 
it was ignored by all as it happened. In 2008 the Advisory Committee 
for Gulf War Illness published its report and disbanded. It was the only 
one of its kind to address benefits and healthcare. Then VA carefully 
removed all evidence of it from the VA Gulf War web page.
They got rid of the Gulf War GWVIS stats report. Said they would write 
Pre and Post 911 reports reports to continue that reporting. They did 
not. In effect, removing all forms of statistical tracking data from the 
public. No way to gauge any health impacts if no one has data to 
compare for it. They then focused on the Research Advisory Committee 
which they set out to gut on a technicality. 
The RAC tried to fill many shoes, and venture out of its comfort zone 
by commenting on as much as they could about VA's GWI short 
comings. VA took this poorly and decided that rather than act on 
even one single suggestion from the RAC, it was easier to remove 
the people complaining. They did, and by September 2014 it resigned 
Jim Binns and other key staff from the RAC. 
Congressional HVAC committee tried to get involved. But, could not 
rally support from Congress to support legislation meant to realign 
all this. They failed to act, and the final decision became that of 
Bernie Sanders in the Senate who killed this. Who put a dollar figure 
on GW vet lives and let us all down. 
Then VA turned to the IOM and let them know there would be no 
more IOM studies of Gulf War Illness. Which kind of eludes there 
with the RAC gutted this lets VA off the hook to counter any RAC 
reports with bad IOM science. Rather ominous. 
All the while DOD has decided that even though the Gulf War 
approaches the 25 year mark this month, they will not be releasing
any of the records from the war. 25 years is the time frame for the 
release of "Top Secret" records to the public. But, no request has 
been made to the National Archives and other repositories to 
release these records. A violation of record keeping law in DC, 
and still no one speaks up about this. 
You would think there would be some outrage in the veteran circles, 
and the veteran service organizations. Who are not even commenting 
on the anniversary of the war much less how much time has lapsed. 
The lack of medical record reporting, disease trends, death rates, or 
anything related to GW veterans of any kind. Much less the Burn Pit 
Registry data they collected from us this last year. Nothing. 
All of this has gone horribly wrong, and VA seems quite content to 
sit back and let this languish without purpose or direction. That 
they sure seem to want this defused state to say all is well and 
let obscurity dispel rumors of medical issue needing addressed. 
No one is welcome at the VA table, and we have no spokes persons 
left in DC that can even approach the Secretaries office much else 
get a response back. Its a totally closed door system now. I know, 
I try all the time.
Im not some obscure rambling lunatic here folks. I served on a VA
federal advisory committee for Gulf War veterans decrying the very 
things that would come to pass. No stranger to Congress, GAO, 
IOM, RAC, PSOB, OSAGWI, and so many others that came and 
went over the last 18 years in Washington DC.
The question stands is, will any of you out there speak up about any 
of this in such a way that Congress would take notice. Because right 
now the House Veteran Affairs Committees are the only opportunity 
to alter this destiny if a few folks would rally to a few common goals. 
Provided its done in a public fashion others can witness. 
Email me your concerns to and lets see if we 
can get something going other than stagnation. Maybe we can send
a joint proposal to congress they could work with. Its a good year to 
at least try and make something happen. Its been 25 years, hasnt 
that been long enough a wait for our needs to be addressed.  
The suggestion page for your Congress emails sent here: 
Congress proposals for 2015
      Kirt P. Love 
      Disabled Gulf War Veteran 
              Former member: VA Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans
      Contact: Kirt Love 
                   P.O. Box 414, 
                   Crawford, Tx 76638
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