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

STOP blamming it all on age and fat,,,,,

I been told ever since I left active duty that all my problems were from something other that what I contracted from over there. It's al because I failed to complain about it right off cause I had to much self respect to report it.....we were frowned upon for looking for help and was told nothing was wrong with us when we did look for help.....Now all my problems are blamed on something other than what the military caused in me. I spend most of my time getting test done and taking more medicines than I should be cause they wanna call it something else. I am a nurse in the medical field......I know what I should be experiencing and I know what I should be doing to help it but the Doctors at the VA have been well trained in saying that something else ( age and weight) is to blame.

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      • Shawna MoutonShawna Mouton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My 27 year old husband who has sleep apnea, some liver issue, high cholesterol, headaches, IBS, other rare gastro problems, PTSD, a 7 year rash, adjustment disorder, severe depression, back and joints are literally falling apart, cannot be blamed on age and weight. He is active about to ETS and these issues are not resolved at all, and he had to fight and file IG complaint for a med board in order to even be noticed. It amazes me that none of these "illnesses" all of you have I common, which arose from deployments dating back from the early 90's, to his 05/06 and 08/09 years in Iraq, seem to be viewed as a 100% provable illness which should result in compensation. It is the LEAST our government can do for actual heroes who sacrifice your lives, to be compensated for the poor quality of life left as a result of military service. The NON veteran/service related people who benefit from welfare programs and crack heads can get health care, food stamps and free housing, disability checks, oh lord and a free phone, when veterans have to resort to heavy doses of antidepressants, wait in lines for HOURS to get any free services, and are losing family members to divorce because of their trauma which is not "combat related" and cannot be treated. Not to mention the statistics of state side suicides outnumbering casualties overseas, veterans losing their homes and being out on the street, because these people enlisted with pride and dedication and were proud to be a soldier, which makes them the least likely to take handouts and be humiliated that they were once this glorious unselfish young man or woman who enlisted to protect us and to make a better future for themselves. their other option is to go get foodstamps like they are a bum who doesn't want a job. None I know will do it. So their entire family suffers along with them all because the same smiling faces who told them enlisting was going to create a future where they could support their families, were the same faces who turn their back when asked for help. This has got to stop or all the recruiting stations need to have veterans outside their doors with pamphlets about what reality is. I don't even know any recruiters who haven't jumped ship and gotten out even at their 15 year mark. when your chain of command gets more and more corrupt as you go up, what is above them? Soldiers are the LAST thing our military and Veterans association care about. It should always have been their first..... from a proud army veteran wife......... thank you all for what yall have gone through.

      • BillBill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When I go for my semi anual bloodwork due to taking cholestroral medicine that is the first thing the Doctor says is that all my issues are weight related. I also suffer from sleep issues to include apnea which they of course blame on my weight. Thw fatigue issues I thought was always just me but apparently it is very common among those of us who served in the Gulf.

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