Partnerships: Improved Data Sharing with the Department of Defense (DoD)
DoD and VA provide health care and benefits to the same population at different times in their lives. Environmental exposures occur during active duty whereas the potential clinical consequences can manifest later when the former service member is a Veteran. For this reason it is critical that VA and DoD share clinical and exposure data. The GWVI-TF continued to build robust relationships with DoD, through such forums as the Deployment Health Working Group, to ensure timely and thorough access to data related to military service. The experiences of the Gulf War Veterans continue to influence the development of ongoing data sharing efforts with DoD which should aid both Gulf War Veterans as well as generations of Veterans who follow.
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Angel Warrior 07 commented
DOD has inaccurate information on units and unit locations and times. There needs to be a way for Veterans to correct their unit and time locations during the Gulf War. Also, Soldiers traveled to locations other than where there units were located to complete their mission. If this is to be used for a biomarker there needs to be a way for it to be corrected. DOD needs to include Anthrax and other Vaccinations that caused health problems. All environmental hazards need to be listed.
Denise Nichols commented
How many records still classified and not released!!!
Denise Nichols commented
The DOD even failed to include air force units and individuals in the Kamishea exposed re AF MASFs along the border, the forward air control elements, liason teams from AF assigned to army re 7th corp...re Aeromedical control at least 3 people(MSC and radio ops) assigned at different army med units, etc.....
Shaun Orris commented
Project SHAD to begin with ... and Project Cloverleaf.
Robert Downey commented
I believe there were more factors involved in Theatre during the Gulf Conflict. Information from other agencies could be usefull to the VA. Agencies could shed light on harfull agents that were known or suspected to have been used by other nations to test their effectiveness. It sounds kooky but, it is entirely possible that other nations, corporations and agencies were field testing new harfull agents at that time for "Research Purposes". The only sources for some of this information that comes to mind are DoD, CIA, FBI, State Department, CDC and possibly the UN.
Inviting DOD to participate in anything after a deployment is basicly saying "how can we help you cover up anything that veterans were exposed to". This is a 50 year tradition starting with atomic blast vets, MK Ultra, Project SHAD, chemical weapons dumping, Anthrax vaccines, Gulf War, Acinetobacter Baumannii, Leishmaniasis, Burn pits, and so on. With the Gulf War it was Chppem sitting on exposure data from downwind fallout from chemical weapons demolitions to oil well fires. OSAGWI went as far as to alter weather data reporting just so plume data from there "wild ass guess" as per Mike Kilpatrick 2003 so that the fallout was between the 1st and 3rd rather than over the 1st AD. Leaving out a huge number of people exposed in the DHSD notification. Keeping DOD apart of anything Gulf War is to keep spending tax dollars to fraud the American public in a already $150,000,000 declassification effort that was reclassified to conceal those results from the war. Get DOD out of this and stop giving them chances to cover up other things they did to American soldiers.