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1995 - 25,000,000 Gulf War military records declassified
1996 - 6,000,000 given to OSAGWI to put on website
1996 - 57,000 put up on gulflink.osd.mil website
 
At a cost of $178,000,000 less than .0095% of the 
Gulf War Military records have been declassified
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Secret or higher, did nothing medically really happen 
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Gulf War, and Operation Iraqi Freedom
February 4th, 2005: The silent epidemic. 
Other media services around the world have been reporting the truth 
about America from the outside. One resounding message has been 
quite clear, the American media has lost its integrity in its ability to 
report the truth anymore. Its now a corporate Republican media ticket 
wherein justice is no longer served here. 
 
A Infectious Disease runs out of control in Iraq, its called Leishmaniasis. 
It quickly overwhelmed the troops, and then it overwhelmed doctors at 
Walter Reed Army Hospital. The case number rocketed monthly late 2003
by the hundreds, with projections of 1,500 cases by the end of 2004. 
 
Then as suddenly, WRAMC stopped reporting the numbers as did 
the media. DOD tried there luck at running the clock in reverse.
By April 2005, DOD said 830 cases. By December 2005, they said 
847 cases. Yet, in the CHPPM Centcom disease reports they 
clearly state 1,178 cases of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis by 
November 2004. How can the numbers go down 331 cases in 
one year, thats because they dont. Normal progression would put 
the case rate over 2,000.
http://amsa.army.mil/1MSMR/2004/v10_no06.pdf#page=2 
 
LTC Peter Weina offered his defense of this fact, but its really 
doesnt do justice to those troops coming home silently with this 
condition that are being misdiagnosed at hands of these detached 
doctors. With a latency upwards of three years or more, and a 
imperfect testing system that is still very unreliable.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/9091 
 
VA is careful not to grant service connection on cases of soldiers 
applying for benefits related to this. This I have already seen, 
a repeat of Gulf War I where DOD / VA didn't grant service 
connection for Leishmaniasis then either. If they don't have it 
documented, then it didn't happen. Except it did. 
 
Three news services have passed on this story, all next to military 
bases. As they tow the party line to publish only positive stories 
about the war in Iraq. Eventually, they will find themselves on the 
wrong side of the fence once this story escalates. 
 
Our troops deserve better than this, and not to be silently locked 
away from the public at WRAMC so that even the veteran service 
groups cant get to the troops to check there condition.
 
December 14th, 2005: The hearing on November 15th was so bad I 
couldn't bring myself to comment on it. Even though the IOM was brought 
into question, it was clear that Rep. Shays was going to let this go. 
When you think about it, Rep. Shays holding 14 hearings with no 
prosecution just shows they aren't there to dig deep enough. Fraud 
has been committed, but it looks like it will take someone besides 
Government Reform to do something about it. Which is on the books 
for 2006. A fresh approach. 
 
The Gulf War Registry gains a temporary reprieve when VA took over 
the St. Louis veteran reporting hotline, the contract had run out Dec 1st 
2005. However, the funding for the hotline came from Agent Orange 
rather than Gulf War. The Gulf War Registry funding lapsed in 2003, 
and it only exist now because of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 
 
Legislation passes at the Senate for a Gulf War Illness study center, 
but Sen. Hutchinson's language is pretty vague. So there is concern 
on how this will be executed in 2006. So Southwestern University
Center in Dallas is the location, now its a matter of application. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/9040
 
The CDC takes a non-aggressive position on HHS-6 "Defining Gulf 
War Illness" study, and though the study was to conclude at the 
end of 2005 - that doesn't seem to be the case. 8 years the study 
has gone on, and they had no plan to write a final report. So DHSD 
says they don't know, and CDC says they don't know - 8 years 
later and no one knows? Maybe Dr. Kipen will finish it soon.
DHSD: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/9003 
Dr. Howard Kipen: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/9031 
 
The Deployment Health Working Group failed to file a 2004 / 2005 
annual Gulf War Research report to Congress. The DHWG is so 
secretive that all that exist of it is its 1999 announcement of its 
formation, and the mention of it in the 2002 / 2003 annual reports to 
Congress. If its so secret it cant meet its deadlines, then its too 
secret. Here is the response letter from DHSD:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/9041 
 
Khamisiyah was a big issue in that 1,250 122mm Sarin filled rockets 
were demolished out in the open. DOD / CIA eventually say that only 
250 of the rounds were destroyed. Of which 707.68 lbs of chemical 
was dispersed down wind. Yet, each round yielded 13.89 lbs of Sarin.
So 250 rockets times 13.89lbs = 3,472.5 lbs. Where did 2,764.82 lbs
of liquid vaporized Sarin go, up in smoke? Exactly. 
 
Better yet, why is the inventory so vague on the total amounts if it 
was all videotaped, documented, and photographed. Were are the 
X-rays of the casings verifying the contents - like the condition of 
the bursters? How did the Engineers miss destroying 1,000 122mm
out of 1,250 -  80% were not destroyed in March 1991? You mean 
the Engineers messed up demolitions 80% on average in Iraq?
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/9043 
 
155mm Smoke Artillery has been in the news from Iraq, firing 
Phosphorous ammunition at Iraqis. Turns out that in our 1980's 
dealing with Iraq we provided them with the same. As well as 
6,240 155mm mustard rounds with American nomenclature on 
them, part of America's arming of Iraq. Why do people keep 
forgetting the fact that America armed Saddam in the 80's? As 
if he was alone in all of this. Most of his ammunition is marked 
in English for a country that speaks Arabic. America supplied 
most of his Chem/Bio program, and the Russians his hardware. 
Little thing called the Iraq / Iran war. This is why the famed 1994
Senate Riegle hearing manual is 554 pages, part of it is a inventory 
sheet of what Saddam got from us.
http://www.gulflink.org/g/155.htm
 
October 27th, 2005: As Government Reform looms towards its Nov 15th
Gulf War hearing date, its once more apparent that interference is being 
run to keep veterans at bay. What is the point of holding a hearing, and not 
asking the veterans to speak. Just the same predictable moles as before, 
with no curiosity outside of this. Just means the hearing is a sham. 
 
The Persian Gulf Registry started in 1992, and ran until it became the 
Gulf War Registry, and started taking in Iraqi Freedom vets. However, 
many like myself had assumed that quite a few had made it to Phase II 
exams. Well, in this spreadsheet it becomes obvious that VA very much 
mishandled this program. Something I had written the Whitehouse earlier 
this year about. 
http://www.gulflink.org/stats/EASbyYear.xls 
 
Each VAMC governed its own part of the program, so the results were 
most certainly mixed. But, when the WACO Texas VAMC only had one 
PGR exam in the history of the 13 year program - you know something 
is wrong with that. Next to Fort Hood, largest military base in America, 
and they have just one Gulf War vet registry exam? http://www.gulflink.org/stats/GWRstats2005a.tif
 
The November 2005 EH phone list is out. Cant reach a EA / EH coordinator 
where you live for your Gulf War Registry exam without a updated contact 
list and phone number.
http://www.gulflink.org/stats/EHCoorA05.doc
 
These are pressing issues as the Gulf War research program hinges on 
Fort Deitrick MOMRD, and they are only a DOD funnel for funds without 
really being a governing force. DHSD, DHCC, and other former Gulf War government organizations have washed their hands of Gulf War. There are 
no real planning committees anymore. They just want it to go away silently 
by waiting out the Congressional funding clock. Tick, tock. http://www.momrp.org/58.htm
 
The RAC is hustling to try, and control the funding issue. But, this is a VA organization, and VA does not fund independents. Which makes it a 
monopoly practicing unfair insider trading with DOD to steer where 
funds go without the involvement of a veteran influence. Increasingly it 
gives the impression of being manipulated by DOD to do its bidding. 
Maybe part of why they, and the NSO's met in secret with members of
Government Reform to pass the earmark portion of the Defense 
Appropriations bill. 
 
The general impression on the hill is Gulf War veterans need to hurry 
and die. Don't bother us with your health problems, just go somewhere 
else, and give up. Except, veterans are NOT fighting back. Which makes 
all of this just that much easier to pull off. 
 
Where are the veterans? Not up here in DC fighting back.
 
September 22nd, 2005: Attended the Tuesday session of the RAC on 
Khamisiyah, and the AFIP. After three long years of waiting the committee 
finally addressed the issue to Tim O'Leary of VA tissue banking, and it 
was bad news as expected. Gulf War was a forgotten topic with no 
program for organ donation, and distancing from the AFIP Gulf War 
tissue database. It was clear that VA had leaned on Tim to be conservative, 
and let this idea die.
 
I did however get a chance to address the committee at the 
end of the day about some of my RAW Khamisiyah demolition 
data. It was well received, but I'm sure that VA and DOD will do there 
very best to ignore it even though its based on government materials.
 
None the less, it was a spirited debate through out the day with 
for me with Frank Odonnel, Tim Bullman, Tim Oleary, Jim Binns,
Dr. Han Kang, Dr. Robert Haley, and others. 
 
So here is part of what Ive been showing them on Khamisiyah.
 
September 19th, 2005: On July 19th 2005 SGM Scott Brian Lamorte 
had testified at Government Reform hearing about medical conditions 
in Afghanistan. After testifying we talked, and he told me of a non-healing 
rash among the troops in Afghan. Of which Mike Kilpatrick jumped up 
from his seat and came to listen to us talk. Nothing was said since then 
about it. Today in Grand Forks North Dakota a civilian contractor was 
in the news about his similar condition after coming back from Afghan. 
No doubt this condition is wide spread in Army troops who are being 
kept from the media. Part of DHSD's keep the troops silent effort. 
 
The IOM continues its meetings in private of Gulf War Illness. They don't 
want input or involvement because it might make them have to do their 
job. Judging from the current climate of the committees, they dont dare 
want to upset VA or DOD with any positive associations on the illnesses. 
Its not hard to guess the conclusions of these reports - there is no 
conclusive data to support or deny Gulf War Illness. What they dont want 
to say is this is just a book review club that has lost its objectivity. Take it 
from someone who has tried to interact with the committees, they dont 
care, and dont want to hear that.
 
VA RAC meets today to give the illusion of progress as it glosses 
over past materials. Three years I have waited for this committee to 
try to do something about the AFIP Gulf War Tissue samples, after 
request to the committee even before it formed. Still, the committee pretty 
much ignores outside input as it continues to push private agendas 
of its members looking for prestige. 
 
DHSD has become so smug in their operation that they dont even 
bother to update their events calendar since July. They dont want 
anyone to show, and they do everything possible to discourage 
veterans or groups from showing up at Skyline plaza. It looks like their 
idea of dealing with veterans health issues is to ignore them to death. 
You certainly see no evidence from the website that they want 
anything other than to post about obscure issues.
 
August 9th, 2005: August 5th, Friday the Canton Observer ran a story 
of local Gulf War veteran Wade E. George. A benefit Sunday the 7th 
was to be held in his honor as friends and family came to his aid. 
He had been diagnosed with a terminal lung / brain cancer, and less 
than 3 months to get his affairs in order. While the story continues 
to build, we ask that people make donations to Wade to help him with 
his expenses as he continues his radiation treatments.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8649
 
August 3rd, 2005: The Iraq Infection. After working for several 
weeks with Mathew Herper of Forbes magazine, he jumps the gun, 
and releases his story minus Congressman Dennis Moore's 
information about Walter Reed Army Hospital during the height 
of the Acinetobacter Baumannii outbreak. Also, it leaves out the 
fact that information was entered into the record at Government 
Reform on July 19th about this. That DHSD had ignored the 
Acinetobacter data in its presentation to the committee on Iraqi 
health threats. As they also played it down to the IOM Infectious 
Disease committee about the circumstances around it as well. I 
was there for both.
 
Met with DHSD on July 28th, 2005. On the Centcom medical
reports that are nto explained on the OSAGWI website. Of 
which is covered in: 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8615
 
July 26th, 2005: Exposure to chemical munitions at Khamisiyah 
maybe associated with an increased risk of brain cancer death.
Additional research is required to confirm this finding.
Mortality in US Army Gulf War Veterans Possibly Exposed to 1991 Khamisiyah Chemical Munitions Destruction 
 
The Khamasiyah demolition models do not match the CHPPM 
Oil Well Fire smoke models for the month of March 1991. 
The Chppm data shows the normal trade winds for that region, 
while DHSD refused to provide weather satellite images of the 
region, probably because the smoke clouds confirm wind 
direction. Discussed on our plume data page her at DSBR. http://www.gulflink.org/fallout/plume.htm
 
July 25th, 2005: The second letter to the Whitehouse drew a 
less nasty response from Susan Mathers at VA. But, it did not 
answer our questions on the Gulf War Registry, OIF Registry, 
or current VA stats on the program. So I went to the July 19th 
Government Reform hearing that Susan testified at, and had the 
materials entered into the record. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8585 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8589
 
DHSD responded the following day on the Centcom medical survey
data, which took a year, and act of god to get. Immediately noted 
in this was that this was Centaf, Marcent, Navcent, but no Arcent. 
Air Force, Marines, and Navy - but no Army. However, most noted
was the cases of West Nile Virus. Meeting with DHSD to discuss 
this and other issues in more detail.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8592 
 
The Veterans Disability Benefit Commission met on July 22nd, 
and it was clear from the DOD materials presented that they want 
to take over the VA side of Claims Processing. With a nearly 
empty room, they may get what they want by default.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8592 
 
The Bioport Anthrax Vaccine had been protected by DOD under 
the Presidential waiver of Gulf War I. So adverse reactions were 
never really followed up, and they falsely reported the vaccine 
was safe though its different from what was licensed. Eventually 
it would have a injunction placed against it by the Supreme court. 
Now, the National Institute of Health has sanctioned giving it on 
a test basis to 100 1st and 2nd grade children. So several groups 
rallied in Washington DC to ask that this be stopped, and that 
the AVIP be revamped into a safer program for the troops. More 
needs to be done to convince the House and Senate that medical
experimentation on children of this nature is just morally wrong. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8559
 
June 2nd, 2005: Leishmaniasis is a issue among American 
soldiers from the Gulf War to present OIF. In 2003 we heard the 
CDC say there wasn't a sterile cure for Leishmaniasis. After 
listening to Alan Magill's presentation to the IOM, its clear that 
the medical community can barely find Leishmaniasis even 
when looking for it. Short of the gaping sores of the Cutaneous 
variety, the skin test, and PCR are useless. The hundred year 
old method is still the best, what you see in a slide under a 
microscope. Some points are discussed on this page: 
Leishmaniasis 
 
Several things happened this week, but the most
noted was the IOM Infectious Disease meeting on May 26th. 
This is my comment on the meeting: 
May 26th IOM Infectious Disease meeting 
and this is the slides from the 4 presenter: 
IOM Infectious Disease 
 
After talking with Mike Kilpatrick at the event, I made a variety 
of complaints about his staff running interference on me. That I 
was getting the run around from them. Friday morning I had at 
least one response letters from DHSD waiting for me. 
Mail List - response from DHSD 
 
The National Archives made it clear that none of the 15 year old 
classified information from the Gulf War was going to be released 
at the 15 year "confidential" declassification mark. Instead, it was
all being reclassified. So things like the USCENTCOM medical
survey of 69,875 troops would remain classified.
 
878193.002 USAF IRIS Secret Document
CENTCOM MEDICAL SURVELILLANCE, 
16-22 DECEMBER 1990
SURVEY OF 69,875 PERSONNEL PARTICIPATING 
IN DESERT SHIELD. 
DISEASE CASE RATES REPORTED. 
FORWARDED TO CENTCOM 30 OCT 1996
 
What I don't understand is how DOD can spend $150,000,000 
to declassify this information in 1995 - use medical words as the 
protocol to find them - miss a medical survey of 69,875 troops - 
and then tell me for a year that I have to FOIA it when it was 
forwarded to OSAGWI / DHSD in 1996. Rather than DHSD 
instantly volunteering to find something that might benefit Gulf War 
veterans. Why would they refuse to look at this publicly.
 
Supposedly, Jim Binns and the Research Advisory Committee is 
looking into this also, and the AFIP Gulf War tissue catalog before 
the AFIP is disbanded in the near future. 
 
You can tell nothing is being done on Gulf War when VA hasn't 
changed its fact sheets about Gulf War Veterans Illnesses since 
April 2000. 5 years of status quo, but they show they check the 
webpages this year though they haven't changed them.
http://www1.va.gov/OPA/fact/index.htm 
http://www1.va.gov/opa/fact/gwfs.html
 
In 1998 a lot of Gulf War Veterans / advocates / and groups
were notified of NSO meetings at the Pentagon. I asked to be 
included on that fax list in 1999. Barbara Goodno, and Dian 
Lawhon made sure that never happened in all the years I 
attended NSO meetings in DC. Here is the list of names of 
people OSAGWI contacted to attend its NSO meetings 
in 1998: 
OSAGWI fax sheet 
 
May 24th, 2005: The Whitehouse finally decided to recognize
my complaint of the Department of Veteran Affairs decline in
its handling of Gulf War medical Issues. The letter is simple 
and understated, but its basically a Presidential inquiry into 
the VA. The question now is will VA ignore this as DOD ignored 
my IG complaint of of DOD's mishandling of Gulf War issues. 
My letter to the Whitehouse 
Response letter from Whitehouse
 
May 19th, 2005: The IOM Stress review will end up having to 
review its own 1997 CCEP report, as they suggested that 
DOD look into Stress nine years ago. The new IOM stress 
committee had given the impression it was unaware of CCEP, 
and needed it explained to them. So have they really forgotten 
there part in this, or are they embarrassed that they pushed 
Stress back in 1997 - which became so unpopular among the 
veterans.
http://books.nap.edu/html/ccep_focused/#ccep  
 
I talked with both the Veterans Benefit Disability Commission 
and Undersecretary Scott Hogenson at VA HQ to let them 
know the 800 number to the BVA judge has been disconnected. 
The BVA website doesnt offer a new number at this link:
http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/page7.htm#2 
But, I got this number from them myself:
202-501-5970 #1010 
( instead of 1-800-869-8654 ) 
 
The 15 year anniversary of the Gulf War is coming up in August, and 
the any records classified "Confidential" are supposed to be released. 
The National Archives is making no effort to review the Centcom records 
vault to begin releasing its confidential records. Many like myself 
believe there is inside DOD influence on them to ignore the data. 
Especially anything related to:
 
61,652 Centcom personnel survey - Gulf War 1990 - 1991
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/7198

69,875 Centcom personnel survey part 2 - Gulf War 1990 - 1991 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/7199
 
DHSD is completely unwilling to talk on the phone or respond 
to emails, so I had to ask Dr. David S.C. Chu himself about the
DHSD program. According to the UnSEC, DHSD will remain
for 6 more years. But, its my understanding they have been 
expanded under Consolidated Health Support even though the 
Pentagon seems unwilling to disclose its current budget or 
exact current function. The budget just says $15.5 million to transfer 
OSAGWI to Defense Health program. After that all record of the 
program vanishes from the DOD Comptroller records, under any
name even under the Health Affairs budget listings. Has DHSD 
become a secret project at DOD?

 
UnSec David S.C. Chu
 
The AFIP has been slated for closing, so Im pushing the VA
RAC to hurry up in its request for a catalog of the Gulf War tissue 
samples stored there. After they close the Walter Reed location, 
it may become impossible to get this catalog from them down the 
road. I've asked countless times over four years that someone 
take advantage of this vault - and hopefully the RAC will do so.
 
The IOM meets on May 26th and 27th on its third installment,
Gulf War Infectious Disease.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8372
 
Another chapter has surfaced in DOD human experimentation, 
a survivor of the Edgewood Arsenal chemical experiments from 
1955 to 1975 told me of it, and the IOM report done years later 
from it. Michael Bailey has talked about this for some time, and 
has been trying to get the word out about what happened to him 
and others with him.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8375
 
May 6th, 2005: Monday the 9th, the IOM starts its review of Gulf
War Stress. This is not what we wanted for research, and are dismayed 
that VA would fund it. It shows a trend that even though we need a 
fresh outlook at the disease, even the RAC is missing the boat. 
But, Jim Binns of the RAC has assured me they will look into the 
Centcom medical survey and the AFIP vault.
 
The WRIISC clinic was not aware that in the Persian Gulf VHA 
handbook a Gulf War Registry Phase II exam can be done at the 
East Orange or Washington DC WRIISC clinics. Which is a way 
to get veterans in the WRIISC clinic which has only seen 60 veterans 
nation wide in 3 years. Another research short fall.
 
After yet another phone call with DHSD, I was reminded of one of the 
precursor elements in 1998 that sparked OSAGWI to work with me. 
I had written a letter to the President, of which he forwarded to VA 
and OSAGWI. It turns out that letter impacted them more than I 
realized which lead to a 3 year pattern in which I kept them buried 
in work. By 2001, when the new President stepped in - DHSD then 
all but tried to ignore me. So I guess they are waiting for this President 
to send one of my letters to DHSD before they wake up. 
OSAGWI Whitehouse response 1 
OSAGWI Whitehouse response 2 
 
April 27th, 2005: I had contacted Helen Malaskiewicz about
the Environmental Health Coordinator List being wrong. That each  
facility was running it different, and some facilities had changed 
coordinators or had people doubling jobs. So since then she has 
been calling every VAMC nation wide to get the right contact 
information. They didnt want to put out the list incomplete, so I 
asked that they just do so with a disclaimer that its still being 
updated. Without further a due, the updated complete EA 
coordinators list, April 2005.
Environmental Agents Coordinator List 
 
April 22nd, 2005: After asking DHSD to replace oversight 
websites taken off the list, they respond with the updates. 
They are now hosting the PAC, and PSOB websites that
have been taken down. No mention of MHVCB yet, but
the CCEP data has been updated.
DHSD response letter
 
The IOM meeting on the 20th started with Dr. Craig Hyams 
singing the DOD somatoform song, much of the day was 
disappointing as it appears this report is destined to fail as 
quickly as the others. It however was very informative, so 
read up in the commentary posting. 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8242 
 
From this we learned that 4 Gulf War IOM reviews were 
taking place, to include a Gulf War Stress review. The 
meetings are coming up in May. 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8247 
 
The WRIISC VHA handbook is now available, and with it 
the VA Form 10-0417 screening form is available on it. 
Little by little the WRIISC, and Gulf War Registry data is 
being made public. Dr. Han Kang and Dr. Mark Brown both 
agreed with me there should be a centrally located WRIISC 
clinic. I had proposed Houston, Texas - which housed the 
former Gulf War Referral Clinic. 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8249 
 
Helen explained how if your a Gulf War vet in Germany, 
your outside of VA care. If a veteran is willing to pay, 
VA might reimburse a civilian doctor to do the exam.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8257 
 
In fact, there is so much happening now behind the scenes 
that this week that this above post is truncated to the max. 
Even the links are one post of many on each topic, as a 
very troubling picture unfolds of what VA says versus what 
it does. It looks like the push is to label Gulf War vets Stress 
related and support only things that lead to that conclusion. 
One thing is clear, there are no VSO's in sight, and even the 
VA Research Advisory Committee is in the dark on events 
happening inside VA. If I hadnt caught the IOM scheduling 
issue last week, it would have been the IOM staff only at the 
Tuesday meeting.
 
April 16th, 2005: The VA RAC met on the 6th thru the 8th, 
and as usual an on cue they summarily ignore the veterans in 
favor of listening to Pentagon puppets. Grabenstein uses the 
committee as a opportunity to defend the Anthrax vaccine. 
Though Jim Binns and I write each other during the session, 
he doesn't listen - of which I've heard this from even a few gov 
employees. At least they revised the GWVIS report on the 
website, I had pointed out it was VA intranet - and those of 
us on the outside cant access it. 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8166
 
EA finally puts up the WRIISC VHA handbook, but leaves off 
the VA form 10-0417 that goes with it. This form is a pre-screen 
form to get into the WRIISC. So to date, the following were 
unavailable to the veterans for several years:
Gulf War 10-9009a (RS) code Sheets
Environmental Agents Coordinators List ( updated April 2005 )
Environmental Agents Clinicians List
WRIISC VHA HANDBOOK 1303-5 July15 2004 
 
In the coming weeks I will continue to provide updates on the 
EA issue and the WRIISC clinic. Of which here is the 
WRIISC response letter, a complete blow off of my questions 
I posed to them. Like them having only 38 veterans nation wide 
get referred to the clinic in the last three years, among numerous 
other things.
 
DHSD responds to me that I'm right on the 19 problems 
I found with them, and the website. The PAC, CCEP, MHVCB, 
PSOB, and other websites no longer exist. Coupled with 
the complete degeneration of the medial page on the 
gulflink.osd.mil website, and that the VSO page at 
Deploymenthealth.osd.mil isnt updated the day of the meetings 
with the NSO's. 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8207
 
Now I find DHSD has canceled publishing valuable study information 
that might have been damaging to DOD.
http://www.dior.whs.mil/icdhome/CANRCS.PDF
 
April 1st, 2003
Part IB - List of Recurring and One-Time DoD Internal 
Reports Canceled in the Last Two Years

HA( AR) 1976 09/ 02/ 2002
REPRODUCTIVE OUTCOMES: GULF WAR VETERANS
10 USC 1074; PL 103- 337

HA( OT) 2075 08/ 11/ 2000
PERSIAN GULF ERA WOMEN'S HEALTH LINKAGE STUDY
DAMD17- 96- C- 6052 A N AF MC

SD( OT) 2066 02/ 10/ 2000
SURVEY OF PEST CONTROL PROBLEMS AND PESTICIDE
USE DURING THE GULF WAR
DEPSECDEF MEMO
961112
A N AF MC

P& R( AR) 1919 05/ 21/ 2002
CHEMICAL WEAPONS EXPOSURE STUDY REPORT
DD2733 DEPSECDEF MEMO
930309
A N AF
 
Last but not least, the IOM starts its new Gulf War literature review of 
Medical docs. But, the February 17th, 2005 meeting they do not notify 
anyone its a public meeting - so only Dr. Mark Brown attends. Notice 
was not sent out about the April 20th, 2005 meeting, and so I had to 
track down the IOM staff to get a response. Here is the reply from Caroline 
Fulco at the IOM: 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8221
 
Its obivous that the IOM wants to give the impression that no one 
cares, and this is probably something VA has pushed silently as 
well. That way the report doesnt have to start with thanks or recognition 
to myself or the NSO's like the other IOM reports in the past. So they 
can just what VA wants to hear, unopposed.
 
March 10th, 2005: Just got a hold of the new March 7th, 2005 
VHA handbook 1303.2 from Environmental Agents at VA. 
The announcement is the Persian Gulf Registry is now the 
Gulf War Registry that includes troops returning from Operation 
Iraqi Freedom. The problem is, Gulf War veterans can barely 
find their way to a Environmental Health Coordinator now due 
to a few information road blocks at Veteran Affairs Medical 
Centers. Like anything in the lobby telling of them or the program, 
or any public phone list to contact the EH coordinators, or any 
public outreach program to get them into the programs.
 
Michelle Foster of Environmental Agents finally uploaded the 
Persian Gulf Registry Code Sheets on the VA website.
http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/Index.cfm
http://www1.va.gov/Environagents/page.cfm?pg=5  
 
This is just the beginning, as they also took down several 
items to include the outreach section. So little by little we 
will continue dialogue with EA until the program is functioning 
at a better level than it was. The Coordinators and Clinicians 
list have not been put up there yet, and so for now we are all 
that have these list available to the veteran community.
 
March 8th, 2005: Chppm is monitoring the environmental 
health conditions in Iraq. So we at DSBR suggest that 
soldiers in Iraq this year bring back soil samples of the region.
It can be tested for bacterial as well as chemical composition
by Chppm. In case you get sick, its your backup to show 
the level of soil contamination in Iraq - if that is the case.
But, bring enough for two labs - so a independent lab can 
verify Chppms results. We didn't have that in the last war. 
 
At the 1999 CDC Gulf War Conference I gave a sand sample
to Jack Heller during his presentation on Chppm in the Gulf
War. This is what the soil analysis results looked like: 
Chppm 1999 sand sample analysis results
 
March 3rd, 2005: The Gulf War Exam code sheets 
had also been removed from the Environmental Health 
coordinators page at VA: 
Ihttp://www1.va.gov/Environagents/page.cfm?pg=5
I've been assured by Helen Malaskiewicz that 
shortly the new code sheets will be put back up. 
Michelle Foster of VA Environmental agents 
hasn't quite got it done yet: 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8099
 
March 2nd, 2005: The War Related Illness & Injury 
Study Clinic had posted its DC statistics, in which 38 
veterans had been sent nationally over a 3 year period.
Which is a horrendously low figure for replacing the 
now defunct Gulf War Referral Clinics.
 
With some effort, we pinned down that Persian Gulf
Coordinators at Veteran Affairs Medical Centers had 
become invisible to veterans walking in. The once 
public positions had been changed to C&P staff 
carrying multiple rolls, and one that veterans had no
idea of. So even though Persian Gulf Registry exams
continued, they became part of a Compensation and
Pension exam - something a veteran found out after 
they filed a VA claim. Not something they saw or heard 
about in the lobby of a VA hospital.
 
Then came the issue of the Gulf War exam code sheets 
that were no longer available on the website either.
 
In the old days the Persian Gulf Coordinators had a 
master sheet up on the VA net of all the phone numbers, 
and locations of these people. That has vanished.
So we looked to the VA / VISN phone directories, 
and found 3 remaining facilities with the Persian
Gulf Coordinator listed publicly. We called them, and 
those people were bewildered we called them Persian 
Gulf Coordinators. In our old records, the only surviving 
PGC was Ron Ratliff of the Houston VAMC - so far 
most are admin or C&P staff doubling in. No signs, 
or displays in the lobby, or literature explaining who 
they were or how to find them 
 
So we at DSBR will be building a new Persian Gulf Registry / 
WRIISC program page in conjunction with how to file 
a VA complaint page. For now we are making the Persian 
Gulf Coordinators list public again for the first time in years. 
Persian Gulf Coordinators   ( updated again April 2005 )
Persian Gulf Clinicians
 
Our goal is to make this whole program public again, 
and easy to access. So in the coming weeks we will be 
conferring with VA Environmental Agents in conjunction 
with Deployment Health Support Directorate to rectify 
problems from PGR to WRIISC. Its confusing, but it 
doesn't have to stay that way.
 
February 24th, 2005: A "Tiger Team" has been 
working the last few weeks to procure a variety of
documents from the OSAGWI server. Today we got 
the 2nd page to the July 22nd, 1997 letter to Edward 
D. Martin from Michael A. Friedman. The letter given 
the Senate VA committee, but missing this page since
since 1997. 8 years this went uncorrected.
 
The sequence went page 273 to 274, but when you 
read the document you see that it skips from 1 to page 3
Original File:
http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/library/senate/appx_ee.pdf
Our updated 14 page file with page 2:
http://www.gulflink.org/senate/appx_ee.pdf 928KB
 
On February 7th we also found the Presidential Advisory
Committee website wasn't available anymore, what was 
left of it resided on OSAGWI's Gulflink.osd.mil . But, 
parts of it were not functioning there either. Noticeably 
missing was the Special Report 12/96. The below 
message is a the message sent to DHSD requesting 
those files, and link corrections.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulflink/message/8009

More to follow.......

February 11th, 2005: It appears the Senate is busy 
trying to find ways to further cheat soldiers / veterans
who have been injured in the line of duty.
 
Veteran Affairs has closely guarded the secret that family
members of a veteran who has hurt or killed in VA care
could file against VA with a SF 95 Tort claim through the
Department of Justice. 
How to complain to Veteran Affairs about your health care
 
So now they are trying to find ways to limit judgments. 
Problem is, VA is great at avoiding going to court by using 
technicalities to get cases dismissed. If a veteran or family 
members ever even hear of this closely guarded procedure.
Few win this procedure, which after years of fighting the debts 
sometimes outweigh the ruling judgment. 
 
What needs to be done is get the $160 billion back from
Bush that he wasted in Iraq, and pay for the war himself 
instead of disabled families waiting for years in judicial courts
from the fallout of injuries suffered in Iraq.
 
January 6th, 2005: For those that visit a VA Medical 
Center, and you had trouble with them - I'm working on
a new page that deals with how to file a complaint as a
Gulf War veteran should problems arise in your VA care. 
For now the page will be generic, rather than state to
state specific. But, if others help in each state I can
narrow names and phone numbers down better. Also, if
veterans will send the information - I will build a complaint 
page showing complaints of VAMC's in each state.
VAMC care complaint page
 
December 20th, 2004: The Gulf War and Health, Volume 3: 
Fuels, Combustion Products, and Propellants report is available
at the IOM website. Its a 600 page report, but in the 
Executive Summary at least common OSHA findings of
Cancers are conceded. The rest of the report is the IOM
doing everything it can to distance DOD, and the Gulf War
veterans from any causal effects. Even common ones. So that 
there wont be any effort to link sick vets to anything even obvious, 
and lets DOD continue its Somatization campaign. 
 
Acinetobacter Baumanii is found in the soil of Iraq, which means 
this very rare super bug will continue to infect troops in Iraq. Its 
not treatable with most known antibiotics, and is not curable. Yet, 
DHSD has taken a cavalier attitude towards it which is reflected 
in its November 30th, 2004 NSO meeting even though other 
countries started recognizing the outbreak in March 2003. 
Now at 102 injured American soldiers coming from Iraq. If you 
were at Walter Reed Army Hospital being treated for Cutaneous 
Leishmaniasis, you probably had this as well. We at DSBR 
believe this enough to buy the domain name http://www.Acinetobacter.org 
and start a website to track soldiers within this issue. 
 
Since September 2002 we have met with a plethora of government 
agencies on the current Gulf War II. The IOM, VA, DHSD, GAO, 
and others. We have also been in the global media, and recently 
finished a media tour of Germany. Some of this is outlined on the 
following web page.
Gulf War II  in review 
 
We continue here at DSBR to ask questions, and ask that you join
our discussion group at GulfLINK Mail List. Not to worry, by joining 
our list you will see that OSAGWI will also see your message as well -
they ( and many other government agencies ) monitor us daily for news
and updates.
  
                   Sincerely
                   Kirt P. Love
                   Disabled Gulf War Veteran 
             
 
                     
                      April 15th 2003

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