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

The Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force (GWVI-TF) was set up to address the specific and unique concerns of Veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War Era. The focus of the GWVI-TF is to develop and integrate new knowledge into services that will directly benefit Veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War.

The 2012 Report of the Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force (GWVI-TF) is located at: http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/Draft_2012_GWVI-TF_Report.pdf

Over the past year, the GWVI-TF has continued to work to improve care and services to Gulf War Veterans. The work has proceeded around a premise that the efforts must become a part of the culture and ongoing operations of VA and not simply the purview of a special Task Force. To accomplish this goal, the GWVI-TF solidified the framework for organizing and synchronizing its efforts. That framework serves as the overarching template for this report. The framework is composed of the seven lines of effort listed below. These seven lines provide the framework of the 2011 and 2012 reports. VA welcomes your comments and suggestions regarding the report in each these areas. Please select the link(s) below and provide us your feedback on this important report.

- Clinical Care: Leveraging Veteran-Centric Specialty Services in Primary Care

- Clinical Education and Training: Putting Clinical Knowledge Into Practice

- Veteran Benefits: Delivering Compensation and Pension and Fiduciary Services

- Veteran Outreach: Improving Communications to Gulf War Veterans

- Partnerships: Improved Data Sharing with the Department of Defense

- Ongoing Scientific Review and Surveillance: Taking Advantage of Untapped

- Sources of Data Related to Veterans’ Health

- Research and Development: Encouraging Targeted Efforts

Thank you for your continued service and for helping VA to improve the services to this important Veteran group.

  1. GW Vets case is real! OEF Kuwait 2001 Veteran also has GW Illness from exposure to Nerve Agent from Iraq chem mines

    Gulf War Vets your case is real and I feel your pain, literally! OEF Kuwait 2001 - VA finally recongized me at 100% for Narcolepsy/Cataplexy Temporary Paralysis, Sleep Apnea, Arthritis, and other conditions; took a Civilian Sleep and Wake lab to diagnose. VA and military failed to recognize or acknowledge the cause which was nerve agent exposure in Kuwait 2001 when Iraq mines were being cleared. I am now med retired from Fed Govt GS-12. My cognitive skills, short term memory, balance are all damaged. I can barely walk up the stairs with a cane, I cannot bend over to…

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    Mr. Davis,

    Thank you for your service and thank you for sharing your story and your concerns. VA does collect and compare Veteran challenges shared between generations. There are a number of very large Veteran surveys and VA recently received approval to add Veteran questions to a national health survey that may also add data to this effort.

    Thank you again.

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  4. I was a Senior Instructor in 91

    It does seem odd that after seeing several specialists with a condition that cause's me to have blood in my mouth every morning no one has an answer. But they did diagnose me with sleep apnea ...Although i was stationed here in Ft. Leonardwood Mo. as a senior Instructor as a 63 Bravo in 1991 I remember watching equipment returning and leaving for Middle East and after reading reports about what types of agents were used i wouldn't be surprised we were exposed as well. I also am now SSI disabled and notice a very low energy level as time…

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    Thank you for providing your thoughts. We value the input of each Gulf War Veteran and your concerns over service exposure from retrograde equipment have been noted. We are not aware of any unusual patterns of disease/illness issues related to these types of exposures in GW Veterans.

  5. The latest RAC (2013) report should be considered task Force report is finalized.

    Wait for the 2013 RAC ( Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses ) report. The TF report will be obsolete as soon as the RAC report is issued, unless it incorporates the RAC suggestions. To rush ahead would be criminal ans suspicious.

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    VA is looking forward to the RAC report as well. While that report is focused primarily on research, the Task Force and this report look more broadly at GW Veteran concerns and issues.

    Thank you for taking the etime to share your thoughts.

  6. No matter what kind of health assessment form you devise for returning veterans, many, especially reservist, will lie so they can go home.

    Service members should not be trusted to fill out health assessments alone. From personal observation, I know many, especially reservists, will lie on any question they suspect could keep them from going home. The health assessment should be administered by a professional who is trained to observe signs of equivocation or outright lies. As things stand now, a soldier with clear symptoms of PTSD or TBI can slip through the system, return to society, and then manifest their disorder some time later causing much damage to relationships and property. The fear that the demobilization station would retain anyone who has…

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    Thank you Chaplain. Concur that this is a challenge. I know DOD has tried a number of things to reduce this issue, including mandatory face ot face meetings with a provider. VA has instituted a mandatory screen for new (OIF/OEF) Veterans when they enter the VA medical system for the first time.

    Thank you again for taking the time to leave your thoughts with us.

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

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