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

Train VA doctors and nurse practitioners better about Gulf War related illness

Train VA doctors and nurse practitioners better about Gulf War related illness. My primary doctor (nurse practitioner) told me she does not believe that chronic fatigue syndrome is real…….

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a very good point!! I went for a C & P in Louisville and Dr. Pisa did not know that CFS is a Presumptive Illness!! She had never heard of the Khamisiyah Demolition Pit and had no knowledge of troops being exposed to sarin and cyclosarin gases. She did not know what a PB tab is!! Needless to say, she sent my file back to the VA and said I had never been diagnosed with CFS. Then why did I have a C&P? Because the WRIISC did diagnose me in 2007!! She was clearly in over her head and took the easy way out!! I should get a denial letter any day and wait a few more years on this all because the DOCS are not educated on GWS issues specifically. GWV should be sent to C&Ps with DOCS that know the GWS issues!!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why train them for something they know perfectly well about.

        VA doctors are more interested in finding ways to avoid finding problems in Desert Storm Veterans.

        This would be consistent with the international government cover up that has been in operation over the last 22 years regarding Gulf War Illnesses.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agree. All of the training dollars spent on the NPs and Drs. and they are only going to go back to their closed cube and formulate their own opinion. What is especially disconcerting is the practitioners guide that assists these professionals in asking the optimal questions. I have yet to be asked if I have any concern over toxic exposure. When I asked questions regarding my unrelenting fatigue I too was told it does not exist. Yet the NIH and CDC confirms it as a diagnosable condition. Would love to see the memo that went out early on that advised these VA doctors and NPs to disregard or downplay this illness. Perhaps it would be wise to have a Gulf War reunion and invite all of the naysayers so that they could see just what our fellow troops are going through. Not that it would matter because the millions that have been spent on research have all led back to the VA denying the existence of such illnesses.

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