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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      • Sean commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Gulf War vet, I destroyed 122mm MLRS rockets and loaded with sarin and cyclosarin GB nerve agent in Khamisiyah Iraq. Both in an enclosed but damaged bunker #73 and in an open pit area. The operation was a total disaster. We were not given enough C-4, blasting caps and dec cord to effectively incinerate the nerve agent. All we could do is render the rockets inoperable. this caused the release of the sarin. During our time at the weapon storage complex or M8A1 chemical alarms sounded numerous times daily. however we were told that it was just the diesel fumes from our vehicles setting them off. And most alarms were rendered inoperable by battalion personnel. We also encountered thousands of intact and damaged 155mm howitzer shells marked as being mustard agent. My belief is this is only one of many chemical exposures that myself and fellow service members in the area had. All the numbers add up. and they know it. However the longer they stall on known facts and finding. Means the less Gulf War Vets remain alive. Hence cheaper medical costs in the long run for big brother. Exposure to GB nerve agent has been well document by the NAZIs in WWII on human testing. I myself have come down with Type 2 Diabetes with no family history other than my dad who was exposed to agent orange in Vietnam. which automatically is excepted by the VA as service connected. I have since come down with several other Gulf War syndrome illnesses. The VA knows, yet the VA denies. On your VA claim they will ask you for proof. Since you are no scientist nor doctor, your proof means nothing. We need to push for a independent comprehensive study into Type 2 Diabetes and Gulf War Vets.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am curious if any of you took or received the package of pills that was to help incase of a chemical attack...they gave us a packet in formation the day before the war started and told us to take a pill and place in your mouth then to finish the packet off on scheduled times.....

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My husband and I were both in Desert Shield and Storm. My son was conceived within months of our return. He was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Any one else have a child diagnosed?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I too was in Desert Shield and Storm served over a year at different bases working with ammo I didn't have diabetes before I left but got it after I got out in 1992 was denied from VA saying I was not diagnosed with it and I thought all was lost until my doctor looked at my medical records I had gotten and found signs of pre-diabetes look into this as pre-diabetes fasting blood sugars that show 100 or higher is the first sign of diabetes type 2 he helped me out with this

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was in Gulf War 1990-1991 started getting sever rashes 1993 and then Type 1 diabetes in 2001. About 15 years ago, I read an article about a group (I think they were National Guard out of Luisiana deployed to the Gulf War, and 10 years after being in the Gulf a lot of them (a larger number compared to the general population) were being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
        I fall into this approx 10 years out I get diabetes. We were given the Anthrax shot (which left a big bump in my arm for over a week) and were taking Primaquine daily. They were spraying for flies around camp and had bowls of fly killing bait everywhere. I read another article around the same time about a Dr who had connected the use of Primaquine and the fly bait to health issues. I haven't thought about or looked into this in over 15 year because I was told back then by the VA that diabetes could not be service connected.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yup, me too. Was in the Gulf over 9 months. Got out of the Corps in end of '92. Started going to College and noticed I couldn't get through a class without sprinting down the hall to take a full fledged piss. Was also drinking water every half hour. Went to the VA due to these issues not going away. They're analysis after blood work said I was running sweet. I asked what that meant. They said I had Diabetes and needed to start an insulin regiment and get trained up on diabetes. No where in the Family and got it 2.5 years after being out. It's nice to hear I'm not the only one. This disease has changed my life in a huge way. Almost died many time from insulin shock. There seems to definitely be a trend here. I had to share and tell my story and contribute.
        Will

      • Jesse Goble commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A co 3/69 Armor, Iraq Sept 1990- Mar 1991, I have R/A, DiabetesType II, Ptsd and was exposed to sarin/cyclosarin gas along with D.U.

        I have no family history of any of these, but my question is, how can we all have similar issues with the only common denominator being the Gulf War and not be covered ?

      • Jim Bunker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The CFR states that you cannot claim diabetes due to your exposure in the gulf war. That was a part of the Congress intent when they expanded the law in 2001. Congress had in the intent that diabetes and MS was not to be granted along with other things.
        Sorry.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was in desert shield desert storm and took the medications for chemical biological warfare and was diagnosis with diabetes in 2008 and file a claim for it and. Was denied

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        HHC 1st BCT Iraq 2003. I have also been diagnosed with serval illnesses by the VA. Type 1 diabetes mellitus and Celsius decease along with Gulf War Bowel Syndrome, some how they are all connected. Perhaps them Anthrax and Small Pox Vaccination played a huge part in this case. Trying to set up a registry for all of us please call me 317-408-0812 Tony Woods.

      • Dell Worden commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was in Desert Storm with 2nd BN 5th Marines. Developed diabetes about 8 years ago. No family history. Also suffering from blackouts and kidney problems. Blackouts are unexplained medically so far.

      • Scott Loomis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I too am a Gulf vet 90-91 was a medic with the 41st attached to the 24th I.D. and ended up in the Khamisiyah area. Came home with the nausea, vomiting , diarrhea could drop 15-20 pounds in a 24 hour period. was diagnosed in 1994 with diabetes .And eventually with pancreatic dysfunction. My primary care provider at the VA started me on enzymes and it greatly helps the symptoms . He also wrote a support letter stating had the condition been treated earlier the diabetes more than likely would not have developed. I wear an insulin pump & constant glucose monitor due to severe sugar level swings . Of course the VA strongly fights against my claim and his support letter. Am looking for other Brothers & Sisters who are suffering the same denials .

      • Derek Nunez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Wow, cannot believe I found this! I always took great care of myself and have no family history of diabetes and was and still not over weight. I was in the 90-91 Gulf War and was forced to take nerve agent pills every morning in formation. In 2008, I was diagnosed mistakenly as a type 2 diabetic but now they are calling it type 1 or type 1.5.

      • John Wood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        To all make sure you have a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes not type 1 juvenile/ Also have back pain joint pain nerve pain etc. Please get Docs opinion.

        The Old Cav 1SG from Bosnia Desert Storm

        JR Wood

      • John Wood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Norman,
        Please keep fighting! Use VSOs. To all claim a NOD with VA once original claim is denied!
        Find a Doc who will help out DBQs etc. We are being ignored! Also once again contact your local elected politicians! They often will help out when others fail! I saw it all as well as yall.

        God Bless
        JR Wood
        JR Wood

      • Norman Wypycha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I got diabetes type one in 1996 two and half years after leaving the service in 1993. I was in the persian gulf in 1991 for probably 8 months. Diabetes does not run in my family at all and i get the worst kind of diabetes. I know it has something to do with that war. I had other things that were going on back then hard to explain anyways has anyone received a service connected pension from diabetes type one and gulf war

      • Sam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, no history in the family. I have started working with the VA, even though currently I'm being told its not recognised at this time being from the Gulf War, figure they didn't recognise for Vietnam era folks for a long time either.

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