DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Dennis J. Kucinich

Sent By: vic.edgerton@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/30/2009

March 27, 2009

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Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join us in supporting research into Gulf War Veterans Illnesses by signing onto a letter to the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee requesting $25 million for FY10. This request has the endorsement of the American Legion, AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America, the ALS Association, and Veterans of Modern Warfare.

In its landmark 454-page report delivered in November, the Congressionally-mandated Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses at the Department of Veterans Affairs (RAC) reported that Gulf War illness is real, that it is the result of neurotoxic exposures during Gulf War deployment, and that few veterans have recovered or substantially improved with time.

For Gulf War veterans, the illnesses mean multiple concurrent symptoms typically includ(ing) persistent memory and concentration problems, chronic headaches, widespread pain, gastrointestinal problems, and other chronic abnormalities.The research also shows that Gulf War veterans suffer from ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, at double the rate of their non-deployed peers. The report finds that they may be at risk for other similar diseases like Multiple Sclerosis as they age. For the first time, the report identified several suspected causes and two known causes: exposure to pesticides and a drug given to troops to protect them from nerve gas.

The report recommended that Congress appropriate $40 million for the program, an amount commensurate with the scope of the problem.To ensure that this money can be well spent, we propose to phase in this funding at $25 million in FY2010. To sign on or to ask any questions, please contact Vic Edgerton (Kucinich) at 225-5871 by CoB Thursday, April 2. Sincerely,

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Dennis J. Kucinich Henry E. Brown

Member of Congress Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Health Committee on Veteran’s Affairs

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Rush D. Holt

Member of Congress