National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition
USAFR(MAJ)(ret), MSN, RN(ret)
Gulf War Veteran Flight Nurse
The National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition releases recent disturbing information that calls into Question the Reliability of VA's GWVIS Report released on September 20,2002 that is dated May 2002.
This information documents and explains our recent experiences at ARPERCEN when we discovered that two individuals assigned to USA--92nd Med Battalion-12th Preventative Med (the experts) had their personnel and medical files gutted is absolutely unacceptable and very disturbing. What this means is simply that by gutting these files of the true experts that were in command positions in the war, remove those experts credibility and validity! In effect saying they are not who they truly are! In effect making them ghosts! It is saying they were not there! DOD has initiated this action years ago to sabotage any efforts the gulf war veterans that are ill could hope to mount. Our actions to get help for the troops is at stake!
We have also verified that 1611AES(P) -Log Base Charlie MASF -USAFR files were also missing. This action would just merely cut down on the number of claims that are accepted to be rated. Therefore hiding the actual numbers of how many troops are out there trying to report in as ill, much less being verified (claims approved by VA). We do not have a current count on how many of our US troops have been experiencing this all along! We suspect that the numbers may be very high and therefore we need to get the word out as wide as possible so that our veterans know to report into us by email or written letters, so we can compile this data! We also know that this is also occurring in our coalition population.
This is not new news for the gulf war vets but it is our first formalized and planned attempt to communicate and cooordinate with other veterans and civilians to get them informed. Thus then we will be able to affect a change in knowledge and truth going out to civilians through the media. And hopefully through those efforts forcing the congress and senators to take effective action to clean up the broken system at a more rapid pace.
The quickest way to get this information out to the troops and to the knowledge of other veterans and civilians is to get News Services to donate their efforts to help get the truth out to the light of day. We need other websites in the veteran community and in the civilian community to also publish to their websites. C3 I needs to shift to favor the ill gulf war veterans who are loosing everything!
I / we prepared the following remarks and ask you to publish them in one of your upcoming columns and on your websites in multiples. Our discovery has significant implications. If our files willfully were trashed then files of other warriors were probably trashed. We cannot allow this illegal action to go undetected. We must ensure that all individuals(current troops) are aware of and take action to protect their own records.
We asked one of our former Colonels who is very knowledgeable about "shenanigans" and he said that what happened is known as "flash override". As you are probably aware that is when some jerk at the Pentagon or some command panics and gets some jerk at ARPERCEN to gut the file(s). We have initiated an investigation through the ARPERCEN Command Inspector General and have requested a congressional investigation into two cases already.
However, if our files were trashed then we suspect many more were likely affected in the same manner and the same modus of operations will be repeated yet again on our current active and reserve forces. That requires immediate action by all warriors to protect their files. Thus we must inform them of our findings. Please help us to get this out in the media and to put pressure through the light of truth on the DOD actions.
We also need the help of other veteran and civilian groups to assist with oversight and guidance! What does that mean? It means those of us that are gulf war vet leaders and advocates are also ill just like all the rest of our troops. It means there are cognitive problems and we need help re clarification and editing assistance.
It means that the gulf war veterans are ill and fighting brain fog, irritability, and at times are irrational to their family members and employers, employees, acquaintances and peer groups from the immune neurological damage. They get into illogical confrontations and communications are jumbled. At that time we need healthy and informed people to step in and help guide and care for them. First steps is to defuse and separate.
Next step is medical they need to be flushing their body's toxicity with bottled water and fresh air and even oxygen if possible. They need to be watching and having others monitor lab work being liver values and urinary values. If you can get them checked immediately and insist on repeat of lab work re urinary and liver function. Charts need to be maintained to show changes in each lab work to include those that are abnormal and those that are borderline values.
All of the veterans and the people around them need to know that their bodies have had toxic loads and that further exposure to cleaning supplements, pesticides, paints, perfumes at home and at work can create health and functional problems to them! The problems will show with muscle tensions, brain fog, changes in cognitive abilities(math, spelling, reasoning, decision making, and communication abilities). The use of bottled water and avoidance of further chemical type exposures is a first step. These are the first steps for buddy care for these individuals. It is also the first steps to clarify to other veterans, family member, work cohorts, and media contacts to explain what we have been learning and sharing that knowledge more widely in order that more basic assistance can be given.
Dr. Doug Rokke
SFC (Ret.)Rolla Dolph
Denise Nichols, RN
Major (Ret.), USAFR Tel: 303-424-6235 DSNurse@aol.com
National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition Releases Report of DOD Negligence Report in Relationship to Gulf War Combat Veterans Personnel and Medical Records
USAFR(MAJ)(ret), MSN, RN(ret)
Gulf War Veteran Flight Nurse
The National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition releases recent disturbing information that calls into Question the Reliability of VA's GWVIS Report released on September 20,2002 that is dated May 2002. It also exposes a documented practice at DOD to sabotage Gulf War Veterans Records purposely to hide the real effect of Gulf War 1. We ask any veteran having similar problems to contact us immediately.
Duty, Honor, Country, and Abandonment
Each American warrior and patriot who answers our nation's call to defend and extend the light of freedom throughout the world has earned our gratitude and the medical care they deserve for fulfilling General MacArthur's immortal words: "DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY". However, today too many of our nation's veterans and current warriors have been abandoned by the DOD personnel system .
We have verified that personnel and medical files of Gulf War I veterans located in the U.S. Army Personnel Center (ARPERCEN) in St. Louis, Missouri and U.S. Air Reserve Personnel Center in Denver, CO have been willfully removed from soldier's files and probably destroyed.
VA Gulf War I casualty data released on September 10, 2002 state that 206861 sick or injured Gulf War I veterans have submitted claims for service connected medical problems. The VA has processed 183219 of these claims. Consequently, 159238 veterans have had their claims approved while 24011 have had their claims denied. This is our reported(33%) and confirmed casualty rates(27%), which is higher than any other previous war/conflict.
Now we know that Gulf War I Army and Air Force Reserve veterans have verified that their records are missing. We therefore have to question if these veterans with personnel records verified missing and having received a denial to their request for VA Compensation were counted in the VA release of data.-----GWVIS Report previously covered in Defense Watch.
We believe that the disappearance of records is tied to DOD's objective of preventing correlation between Gulf War I duty, toxic battlefield exposures, and consequent serious adverse health problems. If the evidence of service and exposures is missing then medical care and compensation will be denied. We urge all veterans and current troops to check their official personnel and medical files.
We urge that all current troops get copies of their personnel records and maintain these records for their future protection. We urge Veterans that have experienced these problems to report the occurrence. We also urge Veterans that have not as yet started the process to search out your personnel and medical records and to get copies to maintain for yourself. We need Veterans to take the steps necessary to validate what is currently in your permanent personnel files. Notify us of discrepancies you find in written memo format. Also include the rectifying steps you have taken and points of contact.
We urge the Secretary of Defense to investigate and correct the personnel and medical records problems. We urge the Inspector General to launch an investigation into missing records. We also urge Congressional and Senatorial staff to initiate a GAO Investigation immediately.
Gulf War I veterans need these personnel records in order to have their VA claims adjudicated properly. Without these records VA medical care and compensation will be denied.
As we contemplate Gulf War II, we cannot permit the abandonment of any combat veteran to occur once more. We owe that to our warriors because if we abandon any more warriors, in the not to distant future there may not be any more individuals who are willing to serve their country and sacrifice their lives.