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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] [ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] Hi all, its amazing what you find on chat rooms on the internet. Who would think that Gulf War Vets actually publish letters to their congress men/women in the USA. I think you will find this of interest, best wishes, Hussein Al-alak "The following is a letter I am going to send out to my congressional representative and Senators. We all need to work at getting these illnesses listed as presumption of service-connection. We need to get the word out and to help them". Dear Congressman, My name is Jim Bunker, and I am a Gulf War veteran that is a member of the National Gulf War Veterans Resource Center, along with many of the other veteran service originations. With most everyone looking at what is causing Gulf War Illness, it seams that they are over looking the high rates of illness that veterans are getting diagnosed with. Table 3 of the 'Kansas Study' that was printed in American Journal of Epidemiology (vol.152.no10), shows some of the illnesses and the rates they occur over non-gulf war vets. I have enclosed a copy for you to read. One of the illnesses that I would like to draw your attention to is the seizures. At over 4 times the rate of non-PGW veterans can lead to a complete life style change. With active seizures one can lose out on being able to drive a car. The other illnesses that we need to get by presumption of service-connection for are: Illness Rate over non Veteran Chronic fatigue syndrome 8.70 Lung disease 4.77 Posttraumatic stress disorder 4.74 Skin condition(s) (other than skin cancer) 3.83 Fibromyalgia 3.69 Bronchitis 2.61 Thyroid condition 2.32 Migraine headaches 2.25 Stomach or intestinal condition(s) 2.13 Asthma 2.08 Arthritis 1.99 The Secretary of Veterans Affair, two years ago, added ALS as presumption of service-connection for gulf war veterans. He did this with the rate of ALS being at 2 time the rate of non gulf war veterans. As you have seen there are some illnesses here that are at if not higher than the ALS rate. This is need now for many of the veterans are getting their clams denied for many of these illnesses that are running at a higher rate in PGW veterans. We need your help to change PL103-446. The Secretary of Veterans Affair can add them him self and that is one other route we could take. Some of the illness, like bronchitis, asthma, and lung disease, are closely related and can also lead to less productive life for the veterans due to their service. VA compensations is given to sick veterans for their loss of earning power. With so many illnesses starting to show up in the veterans we need to work at getting the VA to help them. Look closely at the full study. From it you will see we do need not only to get these illnesses on a list; but we also need to do more research into this area. Thank you, James A. Bunker Veteran Information Network 1703 SW 66th Street. Pauline, KS 66619 <http://www.kansasvets.org> We all went to war together, now we need to fight for our health care together Jim Bunker Kansas Vet Veteran Information Network <http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=Tmap&addr=1703+SW+66th+Street&csz=Tope ka%2C+KS+66619-1356&country=us> 1703 SW 66th Street Topeka, KS 66619-1356 <mailto:kansasvet@c...> kansasvet@c... <http://www.plaxo.com/signature> Signature powered by Plaxo <http://www.plaxo.com/signature> Want a signature like this? <https://www.plaxo.com/add_me?u=186186&v0=369684&k0=1944213487> Add me to your address book... Jim Bunker Gulf War road rally going to Washington DC in the spring of 2004. We will want to be in DC by April 30th. For more information go to there website and talk to Ed. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DC-Storm/ Planning site. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ngwrc-conference-planning/ Veteran Information Network Veterans Serving Veterans http://www.kansasvets.org <http://www.kansasvets.org/> MS VETS If you know a vet with MS, let him know about the group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MSVETS Gulf War Bulletin Board http://www.ngwrc.org/bboard/ Member of the National Gulf War Resource Center http://www.ngwrc.org <http://www.ngwrc.org/> --------------------------------- Yahoo! Messenger - Communicate instantly..."Ping" your friends today! Download Messenger Now _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk