Weatherford Democrat

Viewpoints

September 3, 2012

COLUMN: Veteran's Corner

— It has now been 22 years since the start of the 1990-1991 Gulf War, which comprises the deployment and combat operations known as Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Almost 700,000 servicemembers were deployed. Those veterans have enrolled in the VA health care system and have made over 2 million outpatient visits for health care and had over 20,000 inpatient admissions in the VA health care system.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has not forgotten the service and dedication of Gulf War veterans. The VA continues to provide quality health care and benefits while investing in research that helps them understand and treat Gulf War Veterans’ illnesses.

In support of care and services to the veterans of the first Gulf War, the VA’s research initiatives have included the following:

• Funding an independent Institute of Medicine review of scientific and medical research related to treatment of chronic multi-symptom illness among Gulf War Veterans. The report is expected in 2013.

• Funding and encouraging a wide spectrum of research focused on identifying new treatments to help Gulf War veterans, including studies on pain, muscle and bone disorders, autoimmune disease, neurodegenerative disease, sleep disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory problems, and other chronic diseases. Research is ongoing in other conditions as well, such as brain cancer, amyotropic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis.

• Launched in May the third follow-up study of a national cohort of Gulf War and Gulf War Era Veterans. Earlier studies were conducted in 1995 and 2005.

• Continuing the clinical research and education activities of the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center programs.

The VA is also improving care and services for Gulf War veterans through initiatives outlined in the GWVI Task Force Report. These include the evaluation of a clinical care model specifically for Gulf War veterans and of enhanced education for health care providers concerns. Additionally, VA research strategic plans have been developed to address effective treatment for the symptoms experienced and to guide efforts toward improvements in diagnosis, understanding and the application process.

For more information go to www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar.

Text Only
Viewpoints
  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: Going on a wild goose chase

    In recent years I’ve written quite a bit about the introduction and negative consequences of non-native or invasive species. Fire ants, killer bees, English sparrows, Asian carp, feral hogs and others too numerous to list have forever changed our local ecosystem.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: TV offers

    Have you seen those TV offers where they give a price for one product and then offer a second like items for-free? All you have to do is pay a separate shipping and handling charge for the “free” items.

    April 13, 2014

  • John Paul Carter-color.jpg NOTES FROM THE JOURNEY: What’s in a name?

    Names are important. When my son, Rush, (who’s named after my father) and his wife, Vanessa, were expecting their third daughter, I gave up on having a male namesake and suggested, in jest, they call her “Johnnie Pauline.”

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • tiscione, lou.jpg TISCIONE: The Christian and the government

    The church in the Old Testament lived under a theocracy. That is, both the church and state were one. God anointed kings. Civil laws and religious laws were one and the same.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: Getting in the chicken business

    Anyone who is my age or older has heard the famous quote, “A chicken in every pot.” It is normally attributed to Herbert Hoover during his 1928 presidential bid.

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • VIEWPOINT: Obsessed with sports

    I remember reading a synopsis of the five reasons for the “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbon in which he listed the Romans’ obsession with sports at the coliseum as a cause of the fall of the empire.

    April 6, 2014

  • 0912 one bday wm j kelly 2013 mug.jpg KELLY: What do you think?

    On March 21, this paper published an article about a six-month drug trafficking investigation involving 12 people. On the front page was a photo of the 12 people involved. The use of drugs had made them a sorry-looking bunch. The look in their eyes was particularly disturbing.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hamilton, Lee.jpg Time to fix government

    In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Review of ‘Noah’

    TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible.

    April 3, 2014

  • tiscione, lou.jpg TISCIONE: While going, disciple!

    The purpose that God has given to His people is to be holy. He has likewise given His people a mission. The mission of God’s people, the church of Jesus Christ, is as clear as His revealed purpose.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video