As warriors get sick, as veterans forgets
- I know, who cares about another article about us.Just maintaining our presence in Europe, and keeping theminterested if that is possible. This is our third article thisweek, to include the Freedom magazine article that no onecommented on.People, its not the Washington Post - but right now any mediais better than no media.I think I did a much better job with the translation this time,my German is getting better.I told off several writers this week to include Associated Press,they just wont write the whole story. Which I am sure DOD loves.They always choose the story content, and I really want to talkabout the Washington DC area more than about my illness.Well, there is still more in the wings.SincerelyKirt P. LoveDirector, DSBRAs warriors get sick, as veterans forgetsThey have won the first campaign for America, now they are invalid.And possibly also the new Gulf war leaves his syndrome - under thesoldier, but also among Iraq civilians.Viola Keeve - De Bunde - Cologne GermanySaturday, 03.05.2003, Ausgabe-Nr. 102, Ressort Kleiner Bund"The Desert winds sweeps over the country daily and whirlsdust around", Kirt Love says. The 39-year old is Gulf War veteran."If a tank goes up in flames, depleted uranium is set free, veryfine particles. You inhale it, it fastens on the skin, in your clothing.They know, that it is dangerous, nevertheless they have put in itagain." veterans like Love knows the dangers from the last Gulfwar; they warned of the new in vain.Over 100'000 soldiers the operation "Desert Storm" suffers at theGulf War syndrome today: Rash, diarrhea, fevers, memory-difficulties,muscle - and joint-pains, unrest, nightmares, depressions, aggressions,permanent tiredness. The first GI of the operation become soon "IraqiFreedom" from the gulf possibly comes back with quite similarsymptoms.The Stress grown not?"For the Pentagon is clear the case: Such soldiers have notbecome ready with the burden of the war. That is shaming,many go home and talk about it", Kirt Love says embittered.to 1991, he belonged to a signal-unit, that found out positionsof the Iraqi front for the advancing artillery. "That was quitecreepy, because we were at it very near and had no heavyarms", he says. "We could observe the other side merely andcould only hope, that they don't kill us."After end of war, in May 1991, he watched as US-special unitsdemolished Iraqi ammunition-bunkers. "The chemicals burneddown in different colors", says he, a firework, a colorful trip. ThePentagon claimed later, Kirt Love has been distant 35 kilometersof the explosion. "It was 1.5 k increase not", he emphasizes. "Onecould walk there."All the more furious did the return of the soldiers to America ninemonths later: It was no reception for heroes. Vietnam-veteranseven said, for a real war, the fight has been too short at the golf.1993, Kirt Love became sick, disabled, his family turned away.Already in his unit, he had gained weight suddenly like other GIstrongly. "First thought that I, okay, the age is. Later I have foundout that the one of the symptoms is if they was exposed chemicalwar agents." Love lost the feeling in hands and feet, could neithereat drinks. "Meals felt like shattered glass, water like battery-acid",he says. "The best went it with a spoon of powdered sulphur, anold home-remedy. I know today that veterinarians apply it withheavy inflammations of animals." at what he suffered, he doesn'tknow until today. "I it wanted that doctors examine my tissue, invain." he rubs with the hand over the eyes and lifts the T-shirt. "Thesimplest, to analyze the fat-tissue at the stomach, would be, thatstores chemicals and metals, that the body has lifted, the longest."then twitches he with the shoulders. "Not even one hair-analysiswanted to do it. That shows however: They want no answers."Love has established a support-organization meanwhile anddrives an Internet website (http://www.gulflink.org), on which, hedoesn't say without pride, regularly also people of the Pentagonsurf. He has entered a small success: Since January, twelve yearsafter his use, he is regarded hindered as 60 percent and receives800 dollars per month. Previously, it was 103.The American medicine-historian Elaine show-ages holds that"Gulf War syndrome" for a mass-phenomenon, a hysterical epidemic.Also media-researchers know: the more reports, the more sickpersons. It is showy however that veterans of the gulf suffer from thetypical troubles like repatriates from other wars double so frequently.Medical studies have covered meanwhile that it is more than apost traumatic stress disorder: Not the head, the body is sick.Over the cause puzzles experts still. Was it the fine, radioactivedust-particles of the uranium-containing US-Munition, that wereinhaled by the soldiers? Their ultramodern electromagnetic armswith extremely long-wave radiation?Chemical weapons, that weredestroyed by the GI? Anti-poison-gas-pills, that soldier swallowed?Or the smoke of the burning oil-wells?There are theses, proof notPossibly, the illnesses are to be attributed also to multiple-vaccinations. According to one lately in the "British Medicaljournal" published study is caused the symptoms like depressions,fatigue and strong headaches by combining of Stressed hormoneand different vaccines. The soldiers were vaccinated normallyagainst tetanuses, cholera, hepatitis, polio and typhi. However,the side-effects of such a cocktail are not completely exploredup to now. Also certain chemicals, with which US-Toxicologistshave now generated symptoms, that resemble those of the GulfWar veterans, with rats for the first time, are under the suspicion.How American researcher in the "journal of Toxicology andEnvironmental Health" has reported, the attempt-bulls wereexposed to three active substances, with which the Pentagontwelve years ago the armed forces before epidemics transferredinsects and before annoy-gas wanted to protect: the insecticdeDEET, the insecticide Permethrin and Pyrido stigminebromide.A bulk of the cells had degenerated in the sex-organs, MohamedAbou-Donia of the Duke University says in North Carolina: "It itseems as if a combination of Stress with these three chemicalscauses heaviest damages of the testicle-tissue and the Spermproduction; Conditions, that also Gulf War soldiers were exposed."More than 200 million dollars, the Department of Defense hasspent up to now in order to examine the syndrome. Result: Noscientifically verifiable context exists between the illnesses andthe war at the gulf. They are not regarded in the USA asoccupation-illness until now. Result of the war of 1991: From700'000 soldiers, only 300 died, only 400 were injuredapproximately 200'000 GI, who fought in Kuwait, has submittedAffairs propositions with the Department of veteran because ofmedical problems. Just like Kirt Love.Unloved heroesThe mechanic is unemployed today. "Who already takes somebody,that cannot concentrate? There is sufficiently other." that hasbeen different before the war. There he has done in the intelligence-test better, Venus-Val Hammack supplements. He lives with the47-year old in Mount Jackson in Virginia. Also sht is Veteran,worked in the war in the headquarters in Ryhad and receivedheavy breath - and weight-problems after her return. "I becamesick, only weighed 44 kilos and had to retire from the service",she says. "A specialist has proven late heavy metals in the blood."unremittingly quotes both veterans studies, photos and documents,letter of the authorities proof, show that that, about which they talk,is real. For twelve years, Love has produced a register of all veteranswith Gulf War syndrome, their use-places, illnesses, collectspossessed information to the old and to the new war of newchemical fight-materials up to the number of the ordered bodybags.Venus-Val Hammacks and Kirt Love feel as the actual losers ofthe war at the golf, as unloved heroes, forgotten warriors. In thePentagon, one even rumors, some veterans faked their ailment.That outrages them particularly. Therefore, they fight bitter for theexamination of the causes and the compensation of sick veterans."Above all that fears the Pentagon", Love says. "It would cost morethan hundred billion dollars, only at compensation, not oncetreatment and research."With the pictures from Tikrit, Baghdad and Basra, old memoriesbecome awake at 1991. Hammack escaped a Scud-Rocket, Lovea rocket-impact in the nightly bombardment between British andEgyptians and the republican guards. If the USA now took Syriainto the visor still, Kirt Love only knows: "US-Soldiers should defendAmerica in the country, more not. I am a veteran. Bush is not it."