The Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force (GWVI-TF) 2012 Report

Diabetes and desert storm is also an issue!

Check on linking diabetes to list of medical illnesess from Desert Shield and Storm, a lot of vets have it ,munitions, oil, fires, PB etc etc.

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      • J03LJ03L commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have type 1 diabetes, gulf war veteran. I noticed it when I came back I lost a lot of weight, now I am 80% service connected disable vet.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I wish I had Type II Diabetes, I was diagnosed Type I and hate every injection, I'm told its not service related.. I guess the pancreas just stops...

      • sarahsarah commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My dad served in the war also and I don't remember exactly when but has the diabetes that needs insulin. He was skinny, never eats or has eaten sweets. Never even eaten a bowl of cereal. This diabetes has ruined his life, I can tell. No family history either. If it wasn't for medicine given during the war, how else would a person who doesn't even eat sweets develop this diabetes? Of course its the war and anyone who has this should be compensated.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hello all, just call me ( Cool Breeze ),and wanted to post here as well to say that I was not aware of everything you have all been saying. I am also a ( Gulf War ) ( Desert Shield / Desert Storm ) Veteran, and had heard about being able to claim Diabetes type II, however was not completely sure until reading this ? I just wanted to thank everyone for posting your comments & concerns here, and that now since reading them will feel much more confident about being able to submit a claim. I have always wondered about this being that no other member of my family has this. I have been affected by Diabetes for a long time now, and thanks to everyone here hopefully can start to get some relief if you know what I mean, however it will probably also take some time too. At least I now have a stating place or place, but this is as long as I can get my doctor to support me on this effort ?

      • Roberto PeraltaRoberto Peralta commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am service connected for Diabetes type II (20%) and being compensated by the VA now, it was diagnose 3 years prior to my retirement. I ask my doctor if could have it been during my Gulf War service. I retired 7 years after the war in 1998, however I was developing the systems in 1995 only four years after the war. I applied for CRSC based on my Diabetes and all my secondary conditions such as Bladder Dysfunctions (40%), Peripheral Neuropathy of Left and Right on lower and upper extremity (30% and three others 20%) secondary to diabetes, and Diabetic Retinopathy (10%). My unit did travel through the burning oil field of Kuwait and we inhaled a lot of that smoke, and also those mandatory PB tablets we were force to take and shots in case of a chemical attack.

        I did read the entire case of Nehmer v. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and I believe that our government has not reach a conclusion on this yet, just like it took them many years to reach it over Agent Orange. I so hope I can prevail, so let's see. Thanks for you input. Retired First Sergeant.

      • John WoodJohn Wood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        To all my comrades, please see a VSO and do not give up the fight, file a NOD and then an appeal if you do not like the statement on the case from VA!!!! Diabetes and hypertension can be won!!! Once again, took me almost 8 years!!!! Make sure you see a good Doc and include all your Med records!
        John Wood
        3 ACR

      • JohnJohn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Diagnosed Type II diabetic in 2010 blood sugar in the 600's I have had a partial amputation on my left foot. I have severe Peripheral nueropathy in hands and feet and Charcot in my left foot.
        Also have had weird muscle twitches in my arms and legs for years but ignored them until I came down with the other problems. I went last year and got a Gulf Registry exam but I have not filed a claim. Served with 1st ID 1-4 Cav during Desert Storm.

      • Jim BunkerJim Bunker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        H Lee Graley, you may need to see what type it is " GERD and now they found stomach Cancer" some cancer can be caused by GERD. Get the opinion of a GI doctor.

      • H Lee GraleyH Lee Graley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was in Desert Shield and Storm and I have been a diabetic for about 7 years now....the VA says it ain't related ......I have a 60% service connection on my stomach for GERD and now they found stomach Cancer.......they again say it's not related......the VA ain't helping anyone they are just blowin smoke and over ooking us that was there.....I claimed chronic shoulder pain in 2003 the first tiem and again in 06 07 and 2010....all been denied.......and none of it mentions the fact that I was an infantry medic in Desert Shield and Storm........they ain't putting the conection together

      • Carlton SmithCarlton Smith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am desert storm veteran and I almost died from a diabetic coma in 2005, no in my immediate family has diabetes but me.

      • John WoodJohn Wood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I hope all of you fellow Desert Storm , Shield vets do not give up with diabetes, etc, once again see a VSO, file a claim, get enrolled with VA health care and appeall or file a NOD if you do not agree with C&P or VA dissicions! I was in the trenches with 3 ACR and saw it all, Scuds,etc,to include the blow up at you know where, helped down load the chem munitions, then saw the EOD blow it up from 2 Klicks away. Help take care of our own and the coverup on the front lines! What a bunch of crap! They were not there! Get involved with your local vets orgs and Politicains!

      • John WoodJohn Wood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Carlton,

        Was just awarded a BVA claim for diabetes type 2 with high trigs. Please appeal to VA!!!!!!!!!!!
        This took 8 years, get a VSO!!!!!!!!! VFW, Amer Leg, DVA. Look for help!!! You will get it right takes years ! Still waiting on award might take another 6 months. haha An Old 1SG, Tanker,Cav Guy. Go to VA and get admitted to VHA and see a Doc !

      • Carlton SmithCarlton Smith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am a Desert Shield and Storm vet. I almost went into a diabetic coma in 2005, blood sugar was over 600. Think it should be added to the list of illnesses because of the other illness associated with GW it is impossible to stay in shape, regardless of diet if you cannot exercise you will gain weight. I have gained 60 pounds since I was discharged in 1991. I use to run 3 miles three times a week now I can't walk a 1/4 of a mile..

      • Jim BunkerJim Bunker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        They type II can be claimed if you fit this like what is going on with me. You do need your doctor to agree to. Yes most of the medicines given to a veteran has the side effects of weight gain. You also have to have other things like not able to work out like you once did, (running 4 miles a day) or riding a bike. Have a SC illness that stops this. or other SC illness to like a thyroid problem like I do too. I am one of the very few that was EVACed with all signs of nerve gas exposure but death. The first gulf report has it in the as I was the Operation office under John R. Gingrich that he was talking about in that gulf war task force report.
        James A. Bunker
        NGWRC.org

      • Jim BunkerJim Bunker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Dear Med-PA Desert Storm vet, Many vets are given medications for their illness due to their service that causes the weight gain. You insult it us in that it is a willful part on a vet only that is causing it is as short sighted as those on the nerve gas was not a factor to any veterans.

        Look a a veteran with fibromyalgia, Migraines, bad legs, feet hips & back due to in-service injuries, then puts on 50 pounds.
        The vet does not eat the "fatty diet" you talk about. He eats Veggies, fish and some chicken.

        Well why is he now at the door??
        He worked out hard to not put on the weight in the VA pool, drop a lot but it comes back.
        Not until the medicine changes did it go off. 80 pounds. the weight of when in the EVAC during the war.

        So you are wrong.

      • jfjf commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There are many causes for diabetes. Age, diet, weight gain, lack of exercise. Claiming you got it during the war is absurd. more than likely it's the 20 lbs you gained and the fatty diet you've been eating since you left the military..
        Med-PA Desert Storm vet

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I served in Saudi and Kuwait from 1990 to 1991. I was exposed to shots, pills, munitions, scuds and fires. I was diagnosed as a type one diabetic in 1999 after a significant weight loss. My daughter who was conceived after that time is also a type one diabetic. We have no family history of diabetes

      • Will HWill H commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My mother and I are both Gulf War Vets and we both have been diagnosed with diabetes with no other family history!

      • BrianBrian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I`ve had type 2 diabetes since 2001, being treated by the VA. They have said all along it`s not service-connected, nobody in my family has or had diabetes.

      • Nigel FloydNigel Floyd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Vietnam veterans automatically receive compensation for diabetes type II, due to exposure of chemicals munitions as a presumptive illness. This is no different from the exposures Gulf War veterans, in terms of oil fires, smoke, depleted uranium, anthrax, pesticides, and chemical &biological weapons demolished by U.S. soldiers in Khamisiyah. Why is the consideration and compensation not the same?

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