When Anthony Principi resigned as Secretary of the VA many of the veterans leaders were baffled. Last year some articles were published which may be a reason he left. Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter charged February 2005 that the reason Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi stepped down earlier that month was the growing scandal surrounding the use of uranium munitions in the Iraq War ... The real reason for Mr. Principis departure was really never given, however a special report published by eminent scientist Leuren Moret naming depleted uranium as the definitive cause of the Gulf War Syndrome has fed a growing scandal about the continued use of uranium munitions by the US Military'.
Cutting Edge has long said that the misnomer, "Gulf War Syndrome" was merely a cover for Depleted Uranium Munitions. The Pentagon has stonewalled for years as to what really caused "Gulf War Syndrome"; however, now a scientist with credentials too impressive to ignore has published a report stating authoritatively that this so-called "Syndrome" is nothing other than Depleted Uranium poisoning! - Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter 2/28/05
On February 14, 1997 I made a presentation in a meeting with Jesse Brown, then Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The meeting was in Cleveland and it was a round table conference with 7 people chosen to offer testimony regarding Persian Gulf War issues. We were allowed 7 minutes each. I took 12 minutes with permission granted in advance. We were required to supply a copy of our presentation in advance.
My presentation on Undiagnosed Illness was adopted by the Secretary as policy, word for word.
The Federal government has a policy of not addressing unusual health issues, until forced to by the public. Generally the public does not concern itself with these unusual issues. It is the veterans organizations who force these type issues. However that becomes another major problem. Veterans historically do not stick together very well. Already I hear a few Vietnam vets complaining of the Iraqi veterans being given priority. Back in the 1980's I heard Korean war and WWII veterans complaining about the attention the Vietnam veterans were getting regarding Agent Orange and PTSD. The Korean war veterans before that we all but forgotten.
It is my belief that we ALL owe it to each other to make absolute effort to bring all of the health issues to the forefront.
Now we are in 2006 and it is 15 years since Desert Storm with our troops still in Iraq and the Persian Gulf, the Agent Orange issues are still not resolved. We have hundreds of thousands of peripheral neuropathy victims denied because further studies have not been requested from the National Academy of Sciences by the VA. I testified to that fact July 8, 2004 before the NAS research committee. As a result of my testimony a slight change was made regarding diabetes descriptions.
The point being we need more veterans active in the veteran organizations and the leaders of those organization pushing the Federal government to fulfill their obligations to those returning home with unexplained illnesses and addressing them in a timely manner. Not after death takes so many it brings attention to the media.
From the World Health Organization 2005 report: Depleted uranium.
The uranium remaining after removal of the enriched fraction contains about 99.8% 238U, 0.2% 235U and 0.001% 234U by mass; this is referred to as depleted uranium or DU. The main difference between DU and natural uranium is that the former contains at least three times less 235U than the latter. DU, consequently, is weakly radioactive and a radiation dose from it would be about 60% of that from purified natural uranium with the same mass. The behavior of DU in the body is identical to that of natural uranium. Spent uranium fuel from nuclear reactors is sometimes reprocessed in plants for natural uranium enrichment. Some reactor-created radioisotopes can consequently contaminate the reprocessing equipment and the DU. Under these conditions another uranium isotope, 236U, may be present in the DU together with very small amounts of the transuranic elements plutonium, americium and neptunium and the fission product technetium-99. However, the additional radiation dose following intake of DU into the human body from these isotopes would be less than 1%.
Gulf War veterans returning from Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm display unusual levels of medical complaints that will be the subject of a research program at the Durham VA Medical Center. Three-year funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs is to start in January, 2006 with $180,000 to initiate animal studies into the possibility that prolonged exposure to chemicals such as pesticides and agents used to protect troops from chemical attacks might affect memory and learning. The research is also to explore possible drug therapies to reverse such problems. Meanwhile, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas would be designated a Gulf War illness research. The provision also requires VA to spend $75 million over the next five years on Gulf War illness research.
Just a thought, could it be...? Ol Dave was right in 97?