Friday, April 24, 2009

Special Report: Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans; Notice of Meeting

Special Report: Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans; Notice of Meeting

Special Report: Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans; Notice of Meeting
Posted on April 24, 2009 by gm

by Denise Nichols

Time is drawing close and this Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans will not go on indefinitely!!! Encourage each of you to speak up and input to the committee.... Your frustrations with VA Care/Claims/etc. At bare minimum submitting written comments. I would encourage as many gulf war ie Operation Desert Stor Veterans to be there in person if at all possible! Nothing will happen without your efforts. Tell them what your suggestions are for making it better! I know there is fear out there about speaking up and lossing benefits dont know how to put those fears to rest except to say it is about you and each of your peers that served with you! Are you heard when you go to VA for help? What problems have you experienced?

Speak up Now! Federal Registry notice follows

[Federal Register: April 20, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 74)]
[Page 18039-18040]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans; Notice of Meeting

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under Public Law 92-463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that the Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans will meet on May 6-7, 2009, at the Residence Inn by Marriott, 1199 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, from 8:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. each day. The meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on issues that are unique to Veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the 1990-1991 period of the Gulf War.

On May 6, the Committee will hear from a panel of outreach professionals from various VA staff offices. The Committee will also receive briefings from the Executive Director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and other subject matter experts on
Gulf War Illness research.

On May 7, the Committee will receive a briefing from the National Director of the Post Deployment Integrated Care Initiative Model about VA's strategic plan to implement the Model. In the afternoon of May 6 and 7, the Committee will discuss recommendations for its final report. Public comments will be received on May 6, from 3:15 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. Individuals wishing to speak must register not later than May 4, 2009, by contacting Ms. Lelia Jackson at (202) 461-5758 and by submitting 1-2 page summaries of their comments for inclusion in the official record. A sign-in sheet will be available each day. Members of the public may also submit written statements for the Committee's review to the Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420. Interested parties may also listen in by teleconferencing into the meeting. The toll-free teleconference line will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). To register for the teleconference, contact Ms. Lelia Jackson at (202) 461-5758 or via e-mail at

Any member of the public seeking additional information should contact Laura O'Shea, Designated Federal Officer, at (202) 461-5765.

Dated: April 10, 2009.
E. Philip Riggin,
Committee Management Officer.
[FR Doc. E9-8972 Filed 4-17-09; 8:45 am]



I know Denise Nichols and she is one of the most ardent advocates of Gulf War Illness, and we are getting down to the wire to have Congress listen to us, make an attempt to attend the meetings or at a minimum contact Ms. Lelia Jackson at (202) 461-5758 or via e-mail at if you are affected by any of the symptoms of Gulf War Illness it behooves you and your family to speak up either in person or by a written summary to Ms. Jackson so it can be entered into the official record. As they say "speak up or forever hold your piece" it's now ot never folks. Given the fact that 25% of Gulf War veterans have medical problems which far exceeds all other war periods which all of them average approximately 9% WW2 9%, Korean War 9%, Vietnam 9% Gulf War 25% what caused the giant leap in disabilities?

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