Review Gulf war veterans Children/Spouses for possible defects due to GWI.
This was also a lost cause, the VA could not identify the veterans who where exposed. Do we really believe you checked our love one's. We the malingerers (As we have been referred to in the past) who have ,joint pain's,abnormal lab reading's, gained weight,lost weight, IBS,ALS,diabetic, Dypsnea,sleep apneas, PTSD,fibro,MS,spasms,arthritis,bone spurs and a host of other issues are tired of the BS. Justice for all. “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his
widow, and his orphan,”
I'm a 21 year old Gulf War child as well; I've never met my father, but I believe I might share some symptoms of his. Firstly, I have a hole in my pulmonary valve, a defect of gulf war children. I experience joint pain, fatigue, have trouble sleeping, headaches, and mental issues (depression, poor memory, depression, trouble focusing, etc. I was diagnosed with ADD a while back.) I haven't had severe pain yet, but I experience occasional burning sensations and tingling.
I am a daughter of a Gulf War vet. I was born in '94. Right around the time I turned 16 I started to feel strange tingling and numbness in my extremities. As the years went by I started having more and more symptoms just like my father. Now, I experience almost constant pain in one part of my body or another. My step-mom says that these symptoms are just like my dad's too. I'm only 21 and I feel as if I'm in my 50's. Arthritic like pain in my joints. Muscle pain. Back pain. Leg pain. Headaches. Sleep problems. Swelling and stiffness in my hands and feet in the morning. And the most recent similar symptom between me and my dad is a burning sensation in my feet, as well as sensitivity to touch, like they're on fire or being pricked with a bunch of needles. I don't have diabetes or asthma or anything else. I'm very scared, are there other GW children like me?
As a GW vet I waited the five years I was advised to have children. My daughter was born in 96. I have read about the deformaties and visible issues but I would like to know if anyone has had children with mental issues, to include Oppositional Defiance Disorder, ADD, ADHD, or autism.
I am Gulf War Vet that returned home 4 months before my son was born. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age of 7
My son was born in 1996. Was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at nine. Has anyone had their child develop diabetes? His father came home sick but is no longer in our lives, don't know what issues he may have.
Paul Lyons commented
I have a daughter who has some of the same symptoms that I have. I don't think this is a coincidence, for she has body rashes and chronic fatigue, to name a few...VA needs to restart it's program on treating sick and disabled Children and spouses of Disabled Gulf War Veterans. If you don't have the funding, then request it from Congress. Let's get these Fathers, Mothers, and Children TREATED! Thank You.
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I had a daughter after I came home. She was born in 1994. She was a healthy big baby. The past 4 years her health has declined like crazy. Freshman year she had mono and no one we knew or in High School had it, Sophmore year she started having headachews and one of them was so bad she had a CT scan and found Chiria Malformation and had to have surgery on that. Junior year she started having problems with stomach. She started having kidney stones at the end of the year. Senior year they continued and ended up with surgery. She has like a rash that shows up on her hands. She has urine retention now, has had to go to ER for them to cath her to empty her bladder. We are now a couple of weeks from seeing the neurologist for any kind of nerve disease, in paticular MS. She has headaches, back pain, joint, muscle pain, numbness, tingeling, ringing in her ears, high blood pressure, high pulse rate (120-160). I don't know if I am missing anything else.
Her and my husband were checked by the University of Washington. We never knew what came of it.
I am on her to see if anyone else has these problems, what they are doing. And now that my daugthter is over 18 and no longer my dependant because she hasn't been able to finish school, what have you all done, or tried.
Please if any of you can help.......this is one Momma that is worried to death and would love any and all feed back! Thank you! Debbie
Sherie' Hoagland-Sykes commented
My husband was in the Gulf War. He is in constant pain. Shoulders, knees, his whole body. Dr. told him it was arthritis and to do stretching exercises. Really?? Truthfully, I don't think he'll be able to work his civilian job much longer if he can't get the help that he needs. He's not sleeping well... works 6 p.m. to 6:30 am. Not sleeping well and you'd think after being retired since 2006 he'd be used to his hours. I'm so tired of the same old crow from these Drs. who just want to pass the buck. As for getting pregnant...miscarriage. Three within 5 years. Gave up after that. He's getting headaches, stiff muscles. It's crazy. Good luck out there.. I know so many more problems than my husband. Keep the faith
Donita Sims commented
Yes good queston what about the familes of desert storm veterans? My son was born with one hand him and thousands of other children have birth defects from parents that served in the war it is a known fact and I have back up to prove it. Myself along w other wives of soldiers that has served in Desert Storm War our children are the same age give or take a year difference the ones I know are all approx 21- 22 years old all have birth defects ,We all been fighting this battle since our children were born we all have been on the Lisa Gibbons show, Good Morning Seattle ,Met and talk with Hillary Clinton face to face our children are grown and Va continue to turn a blind eye. My ex husband has never been same since he return home 92 now this is so strange he was perfectly fine before he left for war we grew up together I know him like back of my hand. He does not even keep in contact with us.I have not seen or heard from him in over 15years I was left to fend for myself and my son Im having a hard time putting my son through college It is a stuggle.I'm constantly told by Va ex is not 100% disable but does recieve care from va hospital so therefore my son can not recieve any kind of benefits, I dont even recieve childsupport benefits this is very unfair to my son and I. I dont appreciate this kind of treatment,Something needs to be done for these Vets and their families immediately!
My wife had several severe miscarriages after I returned from the War. My daughter has some pretty serious issues, chronic migraines, joint problems, teeth problems depression and such and yet I can get no help from the VA for my daughter, at least while I was on Active Duty they sent my wife to high risk pregnancy specialist in Nashville, bad thing was instead of maybe a $20,000 tax payer bill they had to pay well over 100k because of the frequency of the visits, but my wife was never tested or placed on any rolls for observation based on Desert storm criteria and issues.
I brought home stuff, ignorant of the danger I put my family in, never checked out. I was in all 3 countries, we had soldiers taking lots of Iraqi war trophy's exposing those of us who never went marauding to these dangers.
I chose not to procreate until much later, but still affected by miscarrige years later. Now, 2 kids later, I want them in a registry and observed for health issues and research. Spouse currently has a biopsy scheduled for thyroid issues, my 29 y/o daughter recently had a cancerous thyroid removed.
My GW babies so far have had issues with their teeth, and 1 had to have speech therapy for his first 4yrs of school. These are the major differences so far with their Pre-GW siblings, but I do not believe it will be the last. Watching.
The VA should be the driving force in taking care of our vets, and their family. What happened to the data from when the VA did check some of the families?
Take the 100% vets (since they are the worst, and most likely to pass health problems to their spouse, and children), and give their families free VA care. It would not be long, until you have enough data to be statistically relevant. It would be cheaper then awarding millions of dollars to some university, to have them look at some of the families in their local area, which would not be statistically relevant enough for the IOM to look at.