Post Deployment Health News

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A Message from the Interim VA Under Secretary for Health

August 18, 2014 Earlier this month, I had the honor of attending the historic ceremony at which President Obama signed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act into law. This law will give us the additional funding and support we need to provide timely, high-quality health care to Veterans. I invited two headquarters employees who are also Veterans to accompany…

Louisiana Governor Signs State Burn Pit Registry Act

KTSB 3 Reports: "This bill is known as the Staff Sergeant William Austin Daniel Military Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry Act of 2014. The bill is named for Sgt. William Austin Daniel who died after a battle with Hodgkin's Disease after honorably serving with the Louisiana Army National Guard near burn pits overseas. In 1985, a registry was…

3rd Annual Symposium on Post-Deployment Lung Health to be Held at Stony Brook School of Medicine on June 2

  This Symposium, to be held at the Stony Brook School of Medicine on Monday June 2,  provides Continuing Medical Education for providers, and has in past years also been widely attended by veterans, caregivers, and advocates.  The 2014 program will cover new‐onset respiratory symptoms after particulate matter exposure; animal and in vitro models of disease; methods to detect titanium and metals in…

Return of the Gulf War Newsletter

Earlier this week, VA Office of Public Health announced the return of the Gulf War Newsletter. The newsletter provides information to veterans who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and their families. According to the March 2014 edition,  "GW [Gulf War] Veterans are three times more likely to have chronic multi-symptom illness (CMI) compared to non-deployed GW-era Veterans (37…

The Post Deployment Health Crisis: Multimedia Spotlight on Theater Environmental Exposures

For More Information, See Videos on the Sergeant Sullivan Center YouTube Channel. Post-Deployment Perspectives: VIDEO, SOUND, and PICTURES Explore Filmmaker Nina Berman's Poisoned While Deployed Video Series: Profiles of Veterans Struggling with the Effects of Theater Environmental Exposures Berman's film project, which you can explore by clicking on photographs and links below, was commissioned by an advocacy group to document health problems associated with…

Links to Recent News About Post Deployment Health

"Gulf War Syndrome, Other Illnesses Among Veterans May Be Due To Toxic Environments" Huffington Post (February 8, 2013)   "Wars' Burn Pits Stoke Health Concerns" Montgomery Advertiser (January 28, 2013)   "Report: New vets showing Gulf War illness symptoms" USA Today (January 23, 2013)   "Agency: Lejeune water contaminated in 1953" Marine Corps Times (January 8, 2013)   "A New…

First Physical Evidence of Gulf War Illnesses Found in Veterans’ Brains

"MARCH 20, 2013– GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER (GUMC) researchers for the first time have discovered that veterans who suffer from “Gulf War Illness” have physical changes in their brains that may account for pain from actions as simple as putting on a shirt." (From the Georgetown Press Release) Read More  "Gulf War exposures in 1990 and 1991 have caused 25% to 30%…

IOM Releases Gulf War and Health: Treatment for Chronic Multisymptom Illness

  "WASHINGTON — There is no single therapy or universal treatment approach that will help all veterans experiencing chronic multisymptom illness (CMI), says a new report from the Institute of Medicine [IOM].  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should customize care with an array of therapies tailored to each former service member's needs, said the committee that wrote the report…
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