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Request For Help From All Veterans and Veteran Supporters

Author: Michael Woods, President, NGWRC
Publication: Not Specified
Document Dated: January 5, 2003
Date Posted: January 6, 2003


Dear Veterans and Veteran Supporters,

I felt it very important to take time and relay to all of you, the
overwhelming evidence that is now present involving our exposure to the
Chemical Warfare agents I hope that each and every person who reads this
letter will urge the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, your congressmen and
Senators to service connect All Gulf War Veterans as there first priority as
a result of our combat wounds.

Findings published by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical
Defense, Aberdeen, MD conclude that exposure to Sarin nerve gas in
concentrations too low to produce immediate symptoms causes irreversible
brain damage in laboratory rats. These new findings, published in three
scientific articles in the peer-reviewed journal Toxicology and Applied
Pharmacology, supplies the final missing piece of the puzzle that connects
nerve gas exposure in the 1991 Gulf War to the collection of disabling
symptoms known as Gulf War illness.

In its September 2000 report, Gulf War and Health, Volume 1: Depleted
Uranium, Sarin, Pyridostigmine Bromide, and Vaccines, an expert committee of
the Institute of Medicine found that exposure to low-level Sarin in
concentrations sufficient to cause immediate symptoms can produce long-term
brain injury with symptoms identical to those of Gulf War illness.

The committee stopped short of attributing the veterans' illness to
low-level Sarin, however, because they found insufficient evidence proving
that exposure to low-level Sarin in concentrations below the level that
would cause immediate symptoms could produce long-term brain injury. The
committee recommended that further laboratory research in animals be
undertaken to address this final link.

The authors of this most recent study concluded. Repeated exposures to
levels of Sarin that would not be noticed clinically resulted in delayed
development of brain alterations that could be associated with memory loss
and cognitive dysfunction.

We now have the evidence the IOM committee needed to draw a connection
between low-level Sarin exposures and what has been called Gulf War
illness. Evidence that they where unable to get at the time of there
review.

At the Society of Neuroscience meeting in Washington in late November, other
researchers from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical
Defense presented additional evidence of long-term brain damage in
laboratory animals from low-level Sarin and possible damage by
pyridostigmine bromide, the active ingredient in anti-nerve gas tablets
given to U.S. troops in the 1991 Gulf War.

All of these new studies appear to corroborate the findings of studies
reported in the early 1990s by researchers at the Indian Defense Research
and Development agency, who first studied long-term effects of repeated
low-level Sarin exposure in laboratory animals.

Additional evidence of the link in humans includes epidemiological surveys
from the University of Texas Southwestern and the VA Central Office linking
self-reported nerve gas exposure to Gulf War illness; the development of
similar symptoms by survivors of the 1995 Sarin attacks in the Tokyo and
Matsumoto subways; and evidence of an increased susceptibility to nerve gas
damage from a genetically determined deficiency of the paraoxonase enzyme in
ill Gulf War veterans, reported by several research groups.

The April 2002 Central Intelligence Agency report on Chemical Agent Warfare
releases states that the veterans of Khamisiyah were probably exposed
above the General Population Limit.

The Department of Defense states, Our modeling does not represent what
really happened, but rather what may have happened!

Based on the admission of CIA that Gulf War veterans were at or slightly
above the general population limit for Sarin exposure and the fact that DoD
agrees that the modeling does not represent what really happened and
further admissions from the Deployment Health Support Directorates Dr Mike
Kilpatrick stating that Khamisiyah modeling was a guess and the new
findings, published in three scientific articles in the peer-reviewed
journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology gives us the overwhelming
evidence to receive direct service connection for all Gulf War Veterans.

The final piece of information, There is already a law on the books that
presumes service connection to gulf war veterans as a result of chemical
exposure.

With all of this information please if you do not do anything else to help
veterans this year call, write and email the Secretary and your congressmen
and senators and request service connection Today for all gulf war veterans
for chemical exposure.Your letter, email or phone call can make a tremendous
difference at this time for thousands of sick Gulf War Veterans

In Addition to service connection for medical problems related to Sarin,
there is new research in the works on depleted uranium, the Antrax shot and
more. We need to work now to get benefits for these other harmful exposers
not only for current Gulf War Veterans but for those who are deploying
today. You can always reach the Secretary at anthony.principi@mail.va.gov

Please send copies of your letters to hq@ngwrc.org

If you have any question please feel free to contact me or call Steve
Robinson our executive director at our office at 800-882-1316 x 162 or
srobinson@ngwrc.org

Thank you for your support

Michael Woods, President
National Gulf War Resource Center
mwoods@ngwrc.org
http://www.ngwrc.org

To reach your senators, and congressmen: http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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