Post Deployment Health News

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The SSC Begins a New Chapter with the Sergeant Sullivan Fund

Over the past six years, The Sergeant Thomas Joseph Sullivan Center has made great strides in confronting post-deployment illness. Today, we announce that the Sergeant Sullivan Center will be closing its doors, but opening the door to a new path toward eradicating deployment-related illness.  We are proud to announce a new beginning with the creation of The Sergeant Thomas Joseph Sullivan Fund…

VA’s Broken Promise To WWII Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas

In secret chemical weapons experiments conducted during World War II, the U.S. military exposed thousands of American troops to mustard gas. See the whole article at: http://www.npr.org/2015/06/23/416408655/the-vas-broken-promise-to-thousands-of-vets-exposed-to-mustard-gas Listen to the news story below:  

Report on Incinerators and Burn Pits in U.S. Military Operations in Afghanistan.

CLICK HERE FOR REPORT:  SIGAR 15-33-AL Incinerators Assessment The above link is the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report on incinerators and burn pits in U.S. military operations. Special thanks to Anthony Hardie of Veterans for Common Sense  (veteransforcommonsense.org ) Among the concluding assessments with significant health, policy, regulatory, and oversight implications: "Even more importantly, the potentially harmful effects…

Report on Data – VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry – FULL

Read the full report below. Between April 25, 2014 and September 30, 2014, 19,082 Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers filled out the registry survey. Most (96%) said they were near a burn pit (close enough to see the smoke) at some point while deployed. Sixty-two percent worked directly with burn pits as a part of their duties. Registry participants who…

Letter to the IOM on Burn Pit Registry Data Collection

The Sergeant Thomas Joseph Sullivan Center President, Daniel Sullivan, sent the following letter to Dr. David Butler of the Institute of Medicine. This letter contains the recommendations of the SGT Sullivan Center regarding the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Data Collection Registry. IOM Registry Final Letter

Former Members of VA Research Advisory Committee Charge VA of Reviving Pseudoscience to Reduce Claims Burden through Manipulation of Institute of Medicine

Dr. Victor J. Dzau, M.D. President Institute of Medicine 500 Fifth St., NW Washington, DC 20001 Dear Dr. Dzau, As former members of the VA Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses, we are gravely concerned by the makeup of the committee that IOM staff has chosen for the upcoming review of Gulf War health literature. The membership is…

SSC Nominates Dr. Steven Coughlin to VA RAC

William Wisner (william@sgtsullivancenter.org) 23 October, 2014 The Sergeant Thomas Joseph Sullivan Center is pleased to announce our nomination of Dr. Steven Coughlin for membership on the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses. Dr. Coughlin is the 2014 Sergeant Sullivan Center's Award For Excellence In Post-Deployment Health Science. The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses was created…

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illness Meets in DC

Sec. Robert McDonald at the RAC on Gulf War Illness By William Wisner (william@sgtsullivancenter.org)   The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) on Gulf War Illness met on September 22, and 23rd in Washington DC.  The Sergeant Sullivan Center attended and offered remarks during the public comment portion of the meeting.  The full text of the SSC statement is included at the…
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