Cancer in Iraq vets shows toxic exposure killing Iraqis

“Out of 580,400 soldiers who served in Gulf War I, 11,000 are dead, and by 2000 there were 325,000 on permanent medical disability. This astounding number of disabled vets means that a decade later, 56 percent of those soldiers who served now have medical problems.” Leuren Moret in July 27, 2005 SF Bayview article. (See below.)

Cancer in Iraq vets raises possibility of toxic exposure

By Carla McClain


After serving in Vietnam nearly 40 years ago — and receiving the Bronze Star for it — the Tucson soldier was called back to active duty in Iraq.

While there, he awoke one morning with a sore throat. Eighteen months later, Army Sgt. James Lauderdale was dead, of a bizarrely aggressive cancer rarely seen by the doctors who tried to treat it.

As a result, his stunned and heartbroken family has joined growing ranks of sickened and dying Iraq war vets and their families who believe exposures to toxic poisons in the war zone are behind their illnesses — mostly cancers, striking the young, taking them down with alarming speed.

The number of these cancers remains undisclosed, with military officials citing patient privacy issues, as well as lack of evidence the cases are linked to conditions in the war zone. The U.S. Congress has ordered a probe of suspect toxins and may soon begin widespread testing of our armed forces.

“He got so sick, so fast”

Jim Lauderdale was 58 when his National Guard unit was deployed to the Iraq-Kuwait border, where he helped transport arriving soldiers and Marines into combat areas.

He was a strong man, say relatives, who can’t remember him ever missing a day of work for illness. And he developed a cancer of the mouth, which overwhelmingly strikes smokers, drinkers and tobacco chewers. He was none of those.

“Jim’s doctors didn’t know why he would get this kind of cancer — they had no answers for us,” said his wife, Dixie.

“He got so sick, so fast. We really think it had to be something he was exposed to over there. So many of the soldiers we met with cancer at Walter Reed (Army Medical Center) complained about the polluted air they lived in, the brown water they had to use, the dust they breathed from exploded munitions. It was very toxic.”

As a mining engineer, Lauderdale knew exactly what it meant when he saw the thick black smoke pouring nonstop out of the smokestacks that line the Iraq/Kuwait border area where he was stationed for three months in 2005.

“He wrote to me that everyone was complaining about their stinging eyes and sore throats and headaches,” Dixie said. “For Jim to say something like that, to complain, was very unusual.

“One of the mothers on the cancer ward had pictures of her son bathing in the brown water,” she said. “He died of kidney cancer.”

Stationed in roughly the same area as Lauderdale, yet another soldier — now fighting terminal colon cancer — described the scene there, of oil refineries, a cement factory, a chlorine factory and a sulfuric acid factory, all spewing unfiltered and uncontrolled substances into the air.

“One day, we were walking toward the port and they had sulfuric acid exploding out of the stacks. We were covered with it, everything was burning on us, and we had to turn around and get to the medics,” said Army Staff Sgt. Frank Valentin, 35.

Not long after, he developed intense rectal pain, which doctors told him for months was hemorrhoids. Finally diagnosed with aggressive colorectal cancer — requiring extensive surgery, resulting in a colostomy bag — he was given fewer than two years to live by his Walter Reed physicians.

He is now a couple of months past that death sentence, but his chemo drugs are starting to fail, and the cancer is eating into his liver and lungs. He spends his days with his wife and three children at their Florida home.

“I don’t know how much time I have,” he said.

Suspect: depleted uranium

None of these soldiers know for sure what’s killing them. But they suspect it’s a cascade of multiple toxic exposures, coupled with the intense stress of daily life in a war zone weakening their immune systems.

“There’s so much pollution from so many sources, your body can’t fight what’s coming at it,” Valentin said. “And you don’t eat well or sleep well, ever. That weakens you, too. There’s no chance to gather your strength. These are kids 19, 20 and 21 getting all kinds of cancers. The Walter Reed cancer ward is packed full with them.”

The prime suspect in all this, in the minds of many victims — and some scientists — is what’s known as depleted uranium — the radioactive chemical prized by the military for its ability to penetrate armored vehicles. When munitions explode, the substance hits the air as fine dust, easily inhaled.

Last month, the Iraqi environment minister blamed the tons of the chemical dropped during the war’s “shock and awe” campaign for a surge of cancer cases across the country.

However, the Pentagon and U.S. State Department strongly deny this, citing four studies, including one by the World Health Organization, that found levels in war zones not harmful to civilians or soldiers. A U.N. Environmental Program study concurs, but only if spent munitions are cleared away.

Returning solders have said that isn’t happening.

“When tanks exploded, I would handle those tanks, and there was DU everywhere,” said Valentin. “This is a big issue.”

The fierce Iraq winds carry desert sand and dust for miles, said Dixie Lauderdale, who suspects her husband was exposed to at least some depleted uranium. Many vets from the Gulf War blame the chemical used in that conflict for their Gulf War syndrome illnesses.

Congress orders study

As the controversy rages, Congress has ordered a comprehensive independent study, due in October, of the health effects of depleted uranium exposure on U.S. soldiers and their children. And a “DU bill” — ordering all members of the U.S. military exposed to it be identified and tested — is working its way through Congress.

“Basically, we want to get ahead of this curve, and not go through the years of painful denial we went through with Agent Orange that was the legacy of Vietnam,” said Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., a co-sponsor of the bill.

“We want an independent agency to do independent testing of our soldiers, and find out what’s really going on. These incidents of cancer and illness that all of us are hearing about back in our districts are not just anecdotal — there is a pattern here. And yes, I do suspect DU may be at the bottom of it.”

What’s happening today — growing numbers of sickened soldiers who say they were exposed to it amid firm denials of harm from military brass — almost mirrors the early stages of the Agent Orange aftermath. It took the U.S. military almost two decades to admit the powerful chemical defoliant killed and disabled U.S. troops in the jungles of Vietnam, and to begin compensating them for it.

Doctors flabbergasted

Whatever it was that struck Jim Lauderdale did a terrifying job of it.

Sent to Walter Reed with oral cancer in April 2005, he underwent his first extensive and disfiguring surgery, removing half his tongue to get to tumors in the mouth and throat. A second surgery followed a month later to clear out more of those areas.

Five months later, another surgery removed a new neck tumor. Then came heavy chemotherapy and radiation.

Shortly after, he had a massive heart attack, undergoing another surgery to place stents in his arteries. Two weeks later, the cancer was back and growing rapidly, forcing a fourth surgery in January 2006.

By this time, much of his neck and shoulder tissue was gone, and doctors tried to reconstruct a tongue, using tissue from his wrist. He couldn’t swallow, so was fed through a tube into his stomach.

Just weeks later, four external tumors appeared on his neck — “literally overnight,” his wife said.

Suffering severe complications from the chemo drugs, Lauderdale endured 39 radiation treatments, waking up one night bleeding profusely through his burned skin. The day after his radiation ended, new external tumors erupted at the edge of the radiation field, flabbergasting his doctors.

“As this aggressive disease grew though chemoradiation, it was determined at this point there was no chance for cure,” his oncologist wrote then.

By then, the cancer had spread to his lungs and spine and, most frightening of all, “hundreds and thousands” of tumors were erupting all over his upper body, his wife said.

“The doctors said they’d never seen anything like it — that this happens in only 1 percent of cases,” she said.

Efforts to contact his doctors at Walter Reed were unsuccessful, but a leading head-and-neck cancer specialist at the Arizona Cancer Center reviewed the course of Lauderdale’s disease.

“This a a very wrenching case,” said Dr. Harinder Garewal. “This is unusually aggressive behavior for an oral cancer. I would agree it happens in only 1 percent of cases.”

When oral cancer occurs in nonsmokers and non-drinkers, it tends to be more aggressive, he said.

“My feeling is the immune system for some reason can’t handle the cancer,” he said.

Jim Lauderdale died on July 14, 2006, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Dixie and their two grown children still feel the raw grief of loss, but not anger, she said.

“But I am convinced something very wrong is happening over there. Is anyone paying attention to this? Is the cancer ward still full?” she asked. “I would hate to see another whole generation affected like this, but I’m very afraid it will be.”

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“Out of 580,400 soldiers who served in Gulf War I, 11,000 are dead, and by 2000 there were 325,000 on permanent medical disability. This astounding number of disabled vets means that a decade later, 56 percent of those soldiers who served now have medical problems.”

Depleted Uranium: Dirty Bombs, Dirty Missiles, Dirty Bullets

A Death Sentence Here and Abroad

by Leuren Moret – 7/27/05 <>

“Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” – Henry Kissinger, quoted in “Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POW’s in Vietnam”

Vietnam was a chemical war for oil, permanently contaminating large regions and countries downriver with Agent Orange, and environmentally the most devastating war in world history. But since 1991, the U.S. has staged four nuclear wars using depleted uranium weaponry, which, like Agent Orange, meets the U.S. government definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Vast regions in the Middle East and Central Asia have been permanently contaminated with radiation.

And what about our soldiers? Terry Jemison of the Department of Veterans Affairs reported this week to the American Free Press that Gulf-era veterans” now on medical disability since 1991 number 518,739, with only 7,035 reported wounded in Iraq in that same 14-year period.

This week the American Free Press dropped a “dirty bomb” on the Pentagon by reporting that eight out of 20 men who served in one unit in the 2003 U.S. military offensive in Iraq now have malignancies. That means that 40 percent of the soldiers in that unit have developed malignancies in just 16 months.

Since these soldiers were exposed to vaccines and depleted uranium (DU) only, this is strong evidence for researchers and scientists working on this issue, that DU is the definitive cause of Gulf War Syndrome. Vaccines are not known to cause cancer. One of the first published researchers on Gulf War Syndrome, who also served in 1991 in Iraq, Dr. Andras Korényi-Both, is in agreement with Barbara Goodno from the Department of Defense’s Deployment Health Support Directorate, that in this war soldiers were not exposed to chemicals, pesticides, bioagents or other suspect causes this time to confuse the issue.

This powerful new evidence is blowing holes in the cover-up perpetrated by the Pentagon and three presidential administrations ever since DU was first used in 1991 in the Persian Gulf War. Fourteen years after the introduction of DU on the battlefield in 1991, the long-term effects have revealed that DU is a death sentence and very nasty stuff.

Scientists studying the biological effects of uranium in the 1960s reported that it targets the DNA. Marion Fulk, a nuclear physical chemist retired from the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab and formerly involved with the Manhattan Project, interprets the new and rapid malignancies in soldiers from the 2003 war as “spectacular … and a matter of concern.”

This evidence shows that of the three effects which DU has on biological systems – radiation, chemical and particulate – the particulate effect from nano-size particles is the most dominant one immediately after exposure and targets the Master Code in the DNA. This is bad news, but it explains why DU causes a myriad of diseases which are difficult to define.

In simple words, DU “trashes the body.” When asked if the main purpose for using it was for destroying things and killing people, Fulk was more specific: “I would say that it is the perfect weapon for killing lots of people.”

Soldiers developing malignancies so quickly since 2003 can be expected to develop multiple cancers from independent causes. This phenomenon has been reported by doctors in hospitals treating civilians following NATO bombing with DU in Yugoslavia in 1998-1999 and the U.S. military invasion of Iraq using DU for the first time in 1991. Medical experts report that this phenomenon of multiple malignancies from unrelated causes has been unknown until now and is a new syndrome associated with internal DU exposure.

Just 467 U.S. personnel were wounded in the three-week Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991. Out of 580,400 soldiers who served in Gulf War I, 11,000 are dead, and by 2000 there were 325,000 on permanent medical disability. This astounding number of disabled vets means that a decade later, 56 percent of those soldiers who served now have medical problems.

The number of disabled vets reported up to 2000 has been increasing by 43,000 every year. Brad Flohr of the Department of Veterans Affairs told American Free Press that he believes there are more disabled vets now than even after World War II.

They brought it home

Not only were soldiers exposed to DU on and off the battlefields, but they brought it home. DU in the semen of soldiers internally contaminated their wives, partners and girlfriends. Tragically, some women in their 20s and 30s who were sexual partners of exposed soldiers developed endometriosis and were forced to have hysterectomies because of health problems.

In a group of 251 soldiers from a study group in Mississippi who had all had normal babies before the Gulf War, 67 percent of their post-war babies were born with severe birth defects. They were born with missing legs, arms, organs or eyes or had immune system and blood diseases. In some veterans’ families now, the only normal or healthy members of the family are the children born before the war.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has stated that they do not keep records of birth defects occurring in families of veterans.

How did they hide it?

Before a new weapons system can be used, it must be fully tested. The blueprint for depleted uranium weapons is a 1943 declassified document from the Manhattan Project.

Harvard President and physicist James B. Conant, who developed poison gas in World War I, was brought into the Manhattan Project by the father of presidential candidate John Kerry. Kerry’s father served at a high level in the Manhattan Project and was a CIA agent.

Conant was chair of the S-1 Poison Gas Committee, which recommended developing poison gas weapons from the radioactive trash of the atomic bomb project in World War II. At that time, it was known that radioactive materials dispersed in bombs from the air, from land vehicles or on the battlefield produced very fine radioactive dust which would penetrate all protective clothing, any gas mask or filter or the skin. By contaminating the lungs and blood, it could kill or cause illness very quickly.

They also recommended it as a permanent terrain contaminant, which could be used to destroy populations by contaminating water supplies and agricultural land with the radioactive dust.

The first DU weapons system was developed for the Navy in 1968, and DU weapons were given to and used by Israel in 1973 under U.S. supervision in the Yom Kippur war against the Arabs.

The Phalanx weapons system, using DU, was tested on the USS Bigelow out of Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in 1977, and DU weapons have been sold by the U.S. to 29 countries.

Military research report summaries detail the testing of DU from 1974-1999 at military testing grounds, bombing and gunnery ranges and at civilian labs under contract. Today 42 states are contaminated with DU from manufacture, testing and deployment.

Women living around these facilities have reported increases in endometriosis, birth defects in babies, leukemia in children and cancers and other diseases in adults. Thousands of tons of DU weapons tested for decades by the Navy on four bombing and gunnery ranges around Fallon, Nevada, is no doubt the cause of the fastest growing leukemia cluster in the U.S. over the past decade. The military denies that DU is the cause.

The medical profession has been active in the cover-up – just as they were in hiding the effects from the American public – of low level radiation from atmospheric testing and nuclear power plants. A medical doctor in Northern California reported being trained by the Pentagon with other doctors, months before the 2003 war started, to diagnose and treat soldiers returning from the 2003 war for mental problems only.

Medical professionals in hospitals and facilities treating returning soldiers were threatened with $10,000 fines if they talked about the soldiers or their medical problems. They were also threatened with jail.

Reporters have also been prevented access to more than 14,000 medically evacuated soldiers flown nightly since the 2003 war in C-150s from Germany who are brought to Walter Reed Hospital near Washington, D.C.

Dr. Robert Gould, former president of the Bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), has contacted three medical doctors since February 2004, after I had been invited to speak about DU. Dr. Katharine Thomasson, president of the Oregon chapter of the PSR, informed me that Dr. Gould had contacted her and tried to convince her to cancel her invitation for me to speak about DU at Portland State University on April 12. Although I was able to do a presentation, Dr. Thomasson told me I could only talk about DU in Oregon “and nothing overseas … nothing political.”

Dr. Gould also contacted and discouraged Dr. Ross Wilcox in Toronto, Canada, from inviting me to speak to Physicians for Global Survival (PGS), the Canadian equivalent of PSR, several months later. When that didn’t work, he contacted Dr. Allan Connoly, the Canadian national president of PGS, who was able to cancel my invitation and nearly succeeded in preventing Dr. Wilcox, his own member, from showing photos and presenting details on civilians suffering from DU exposure and cancer provided to him by doctors in southern Iraq.

Dr. Janette Sherman, a former and long-standing member of PSR, reported that she finally quit some time after being invited to lunch by a new PSR executive administrator. After the woman had pumped Dr. Sherman for information all through lunch about her position on key issues, the woman informed Dr. Sherman that her last job had been with the CIA.

How was the truth about DU hidden from military personnel serving in successive DU wars? Before his tragic death, Sen. Paul Wellstone informed Joyce Riley, R.N., B.S.N., executive director of the American Gulf War Veterans Association, that 95 percent of Gulf War veterans had been recycled out of the military by 1995. Any of those continuing in military service were isolated from each other, preventing critical information being transferred to new troops. The “next DU war” had already been planned, and those planning it wanted “no skunk at the garden party.”

The US has a dirty (DU) little (CIA) secret

A new book just published at the American Free Press by Michael Collins Piper, “The High Priests of War: The Secret History of How America’s Neo-Conservative Trotskyites Came to Power and Orchestrated the War Against Iraq as the First Step in Their Drive for Global Empire,” details the early plans for a war against the Arab world by Henry Kissinger and the neo-cons in the late 1960s and early 1970s. That just happens to coincide with getting the DU “show on the road” and the oil crisis in the Middle East, which caused concern not only to President Nixon. The British had been plotting and scheming for control of the oil in Iraq for decades since first using poison gas on the Iraqis and Kurds in 1912.

The book details the creation of the neo-cons by their “godfather” and Trotsky lover Irving Kristol, who pushed for a “war against terrorism” long before 9/11 and was lavishly funded for years by the CIA. His son, William Kristol, is one of the most influential men in the United States.

Both are public relations men for the Israeli lobby’s neo-conservative network, with strong ties to Rupert Murdoch. Kissinger also has ties to this network and the Carlyle Group, who, one could say, have facilitated these omnicidal wars beginning from the time former President Bush took office. It would be easy to say that we are recycling World Wars I and II, with the same faces.

When I asked Vietnam Special Ops Green Beret Capt. John McCarthy, who could have devised this omnicidal plan to use DU to destroy the genetic code and genetic future of large populations of Arabs and Moslems in the Middle East and Central Asia – just coincidentally the areas where most of the world’s oil deposits are located – he replied: “It has all the handprints of Henry Kissinger.”

In Zbignew Brzezinski’s book “The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives,” the map of the Eurasian chessboard includes four regions strategic to U.S. foreign policy. The “South” region corresponds precisely to the regions now contaminated permanently with radiation from U.S. bombs, missiles and bullets made with thousands of tons of DU.

A Japanese professor, Dr. K. Yagasaki, has calculated that 800 tons of DU is the atomicity equivalent of 83,000 Nagasaki bombs. The U.S. has used more DU since 1991 than the atomicity equivalent of 400,000 Nagasaki bombs. Four nuclear wars indeed, and 10 times the amount of radiation released into the atmosphere from atmospheric testing!

No wonder our soldiers, their families and the people of the Middle East, Yugoslavia and Central Asia are sick. But as Henry Kissinger said after Vietnam when our soldiers came home ill from Agent Orange, “Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used for foreign policy.”

Unfortunately, more and more of those soldiers are men and women with brown skin. And unfortunately, the DU radioactive dust will be carried around the world and deposited in our environments just as the “smog of war” from the 1991 Gulf War was found in deposits in South America, the Himalayas and Hawaii.

In June 2003, the World Health Organization announced in a press release that global cancer rates will increase 50 percent by 2020. What else do they know that they aren’t telling us? I know that depleted uranium is a death sentence … for all of us. We will all die in silent ways.

Leuren Moret is a geoscientist who has worked around the world on radiation issues, educating citizens, the media, members of parliaments and Congress and other officials. She became a whistleblower in 1991 at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab after experiencing major science fraud on the Yucca Mountain Project. An environmental commissioner in the City of Berkeley, she can be reached at

11 Responses to “Cancer in Iraq vets shows toxic exposure killing Iraqis”

  1. 1 jeanruss September 1, 2007 at 9:42 am

    So what can American citizenry do against such evil? What’s the plan? How do we stop this genocide?

  2. 2 Catherine Thomasson, MD September 5, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Contact all your legislators about legislating the abolition of the use of depleted uranium weapons.

    I applaud Ms. Moret’s dedication to stopping the use of depleted uranium. I think demands for studies while at the same time, banning the use of these weapons until they are complete is absolutely essential. I still object to her report stating that anyone called me to limit her speaking engagements in Portland. No one did! I personally read her material and objected to a number of statements that are not medically or scientifically substantiated such as the allegation that depleted uranium was the cause of the learning disability of George Bush or other congenital problems in his siblings. My major concern with use of unsubstantiated material is that it gives those who wish to continue to use this atrocious substance, the grounds to throw out all the legitimate arguments that are used.

  3. 3 Leuren Moret October 28, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    Response to Catherine Thomasson, MD:

    1.”Banning” DU in legal terms, means that the ban will supercede all prexisting laws and war conventions and relieve the perpetrators of any liability for contaminating vast regions and condemned large populations to permanent genetic mutilation. Because DU weaponry is illegal under all war conventions, international agreements, and US military law already, a ban is a waste of time. A “Ban” is put on weapons systems that are being used legally until a treaty or other legal means can be implemented to make that weapons system illegal. The landmines ban is a good example.

    2.You admitted to me on the phone, less than a week before my planned talk in Portland, that Dr. Robert Gould had contacted you and pressured you to cancel my talk. I called you because you never sent an airplane ticket or contacted me for followup after your initial invitation at least a month before my call. You could have given me the courtesy to at least call me and tell me you were canceling instead of leaving me twisting in the wind. After my article above was published, members of Physicians for Social Responsibility gang-banged Dr. Gould through emails for treating me so horribly. In fact, in his emails HE ADMITTED THAT EVERYTHING I SAID IN MY ARTICLE ABOUT HIS ATTEMPTS TO CANCEL MY TALKS WAS ABSOLUTELY TRUE – including pressuring you. So Catherine, you are impaled on your own pitard.

    3.For your information, there is more depleted uranium in atomic and hydrogen bombs than plutonium. It is used as tamping, and therefore the main atmospheric pollutant during bomb testing was DEPLETED URANIUM. Uranium targets the brain.

    George H.W. and Barbara Bush had their thyroids removed because they had thyroid cancer from bomb testing fallout. They also had a toddler named Robin who died of leukemia – that was on 60 Minutes recently. George and Barbara took her to Walter Reed and when she died, they walked out of her room and played golf the rest of the day. They never buried her, her grandmother finally buried her two years later.

    Since you are an MD you should know that damage to a pregnant woman’s thyroid causes brain damage in the develoling feotus, even dental Xrays can do this. Not only that, radiation causes devastating damage to the adrenal-thyroid-pituitary axis. George Bush and his siblings all had learning disabilities from exposure to atmospheric testing. The learning disabilities therapist for the Bush siblings lives in Washington DC, and told a scientist I work with. It is not surprising since the average score for SAT tests for all children in the US who took them fell from 480 for children born in 1945 to 420 for children born in 1963 at the peak of bomb testing. In utero exposure to low level radiation is devastating to the unborn baby. The US SAT scores have never recovered because nuclear power plant emissions replaced bomb testing fallout. That’s why Asians have taken over science in the US – just look at the change in ethnicity of authors in physics journals over the past 20 years. 20 years ago less than 20% of the authors were Asian, now its 80% because brain damaged Americans can’t compete with healthy brains. YOUR Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported several years ago that a World Health Organization global mental health survey reported that the US has the highest rate of mental illness in the world – over 26% of the US population has some form of mental illness.

    If American MDs did their homework and actually knew anything about the impact of radiation on public health, this never would have happened – they could have stopped bomb testing with their powerful lobby. But since the military controls the medical profession in the US, they have a vested interest in keeping MDs dumb and dumber about the impact of radiation on America. In fact, the nuclear weapons program destroyed the United States… and the MDs just overlooked it. Money and prestige were more important to a lot of MDs.

    Your own organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility had a CIA agent on their staff – at the top of the organization. No wonder PSR never had a decent position paper on DU until now – after PSR cleaned house.

    4.After I published the article above I got emails in the first 24 hours every 5 minutes from all over the world. MANY of them were from MDs who knew something was wrong with PSR, with medicine in the US, and knew the environment had a strong link to disease. THEY THANKED ME FOR THE NEW INFORMATION I PROVIDED AND THANKED ME FOR WARNING HUMANITY ABOUT THIS HUGE COVERUP OF WHAT AMOUNTS TO SUICIDE, HOMICIDE, GENOCIDE, DEMOCIDE AND OMNICIDE.

  4. 4 Leuren Moret October 28, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    AND ONE LAST QUESTION FOR Catherine Thomasson:

    Who notified you that my article was posted on this website and pressured you to write a comment which was uninformed, dishonest, and self-serving? No wonder America is dying with MDs like you in charge.

  5. 5 Leuren Moret October 28, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    AND ONE MORE LAST QUESTION FOR Catherine Thomasson:

    Why did you tell me before my presentation in Portland at your event that I could not talk about DU anywhere except in Oregon? That pretty much cut out the DU issue, didn’t it. I’m sure you did not think of that yourself, so who told you to do that? You blatantly CENSORED the content of my talk.

  6. 6 Doug Rokke October 29, 2007 at 5:50 am

    Casualty reality:

    Analysis of VA Health Care Utilization Among US Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Veterans Operation Enduring Freedom Operation Iraqi Freedom VHA Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards October 2007
    Among all 751,273 separated OEF/OIF Veterans
    35% (263,909) of total separated OEF/OIF veterans have obtained VA health care since
    FY 2002 (cumulative total)

    96% (253,730) of 263,909 evaluated OEF/OIF patients have been seen as outpatients only by VA and not hospitalized
    4% (10,179) of 263,909 evaluated OEF/OIF patients have been hospitalized at least once in a VA health care facility

    % OEF/OIF Veterans
    (n = 263,909)
    Male 88 %
    Female 12
    Age Group
    <20 5
    20-29 52
    30-39 23
    =40 20
    Air Force 12
    Army 65
    Marine 12
    Navy 11
    Unit Type
    Active 50
    Reserve/Guard 50
    Enlisted 92
    Officer 8
    Diagnosis (n = 263,909)
    (Broad ICD-9 Categories) Frequency * %

    Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (001-139) 28,665 10.9
    Malignant Neoplasms (140-208) 2,193 0.8
    Benign Neoplasms (210-239) 9,129 3.5
    Diseases of Endocrine/Nutritional/ Metabolic Systems (240-279) 50,968 19.3
    Diseases of Blood and Blood Forming Organs (280-289) 5,086 1.9
    Mental Disorders (290-319) 100,580 38.1
    Diseases of Nervous System/ Sense Organs (320-389) 83,273 31.6
    Diseases of Circulatory System (390-459) 39,633 15.0
    Disease of Respiratory System (460-519) 49,464 18.7
    Disease of Digestive System (520-579) 81,427 30.9
    Diseases of Genitourinary System (580-629) 25,561 9.7
    Diseases of Skin (680-709) 38,791 14.7
    Diseases of Musculoskeletal System/Connective System (710-739) 117,424 44.5
    Symptoms, Signs and Ill Defined Conditions (780-799) 93,093 35.3
    Injury/Poisonings (800-999) 48,736 18.5

    *These are cumulative data since FY 2002, with data on hospitalizations and outpatient visits as of June 30, 2007; veterans can have multiple diagnoses with each healthcare encounter. A veteran is counted only once in any single diagnostic category but can be counted in multiple categories, so the above numbers add up to greater than 263,909.

  7. 7 ric robinette December 18, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    I retired in 1997, was in the gulf war 18 months after I retired thyroid cancer I put in a claim was denied, had two C&P exams both denied. I had two letters for the doctor who did my surgerys and two letters for and endo doc that stated that due to the size of the tumor the size of five gulf balls, that it was there prior my leaving the serivce but was there several years prior to my retirement, but was still denied.

  8. 8 Godhelpus!!! June 1, 2009 at 6:42 am

    I am a 34 yr. old black female who has been showing signs of something being wrong since Iraq 02-03. I was in the active duty airborne unit in Ft. Bragg. I served a total of 10 months. I first noticed a twitch in my right eye. I thought it was nerves and stress. I noticed that the air there was dark gray for days straight. (That unnerved me.) The conditions that the army/marines had to deal with was the worst. 1.) bedding down in spots where iraqi troops had just been slaughtered hours before. There fresh blood could still be spotted in the sand.
    2.) Sand storms so intense for nearly twenty minutes you are being covered with sand. Can barely take in air. You end up coughing sand out of your lungs for the next half hour. The deserts version of snot.
    3.) One area we bedded down in was so contaminated that we were warned if we dropped anything on the ground leave it there. It wasn’t healthy for us to pick it back up. Yet it was ok for us to sleep there and take in all of that contaminated shit into our lungs.
    4.) There was constantly something burning, equipment, bodies of iraqi soldiers even the gun powder etc competed to replace the air.
    I said all of this to say. It took me three years to start to realize maybe I hadn’t gotten away as clear and free as I thought. Once I got out of the active duty in Dec 03 at the age of 29. I assumed I had a damn nervous twitch that had developed later in life. Throughout the past five years it has gotten worse, spread and is accompanied with pain. My right eye flexes as if someone is squeezing a bump. My cheek will jump, my should er will twitch, my hand, my thigh and my butt cheek. All on the right side of my body. I talked to a coworker at my job. He has experienced the same damn thing. That’s when I decided to go online and see if their were others. I was floored. Those bastards either shot us with some experiemental drugs or a combination of being in a war zone for longer than a day or two is attacking our bodies long after the bullets stopped flying.
    This is the last straw. Due to lack of money I had enlisted into the National Guard for the bonus money at the age of 32. I am getting out for good. I will not be seen as piece of equipment that you can use and abuse and chuck me after I am broke the hell up. They don’t care about us. We are expendable. My unit is due to go to Deployment next year for one year. If I am going through this now. Hell I may come back with cancer if I come back at all. They can kiss my black ass!!! This isn’t a valid war. My patriotic streak is leaving me fast. I have to look out for myself. I wish everyone the best of luck that we are able to survive and even beat what is attacking out bodies. Also that it doesn’t continue to advance. I have learned a invaluable lesson. It will give me the strength to discharge out well before my time. You know the brainwashing techniques they try on troops when you are no longer one of their puppets. Honor, loyalty etc. Doesn’t that go both ways? I won’t be their test bunny anymore…

  9. 9 John mudd February 19, 2014 at 7:40 am

    The American people are as culpable as these AIPAC nazis as their mantra rings: “well, they volunteered, they deserve what they get, too bad we can’t make it even worse for them and their families.”

    Veterans of Vietnam, Persian Gulf, the GWOT ( Global War OF Terror) and all the subsidiary and auxiliary conflicts after and in-between have been deliberately and systematically poisoned. All under the approving eyes of the neocon chosen people.

  10. 10 efek kemoterapi October 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    He appears to be apathetic from the outside but is a hard-core romantic and a soft-hearted person on the inside.

    There are different forms of cancer, and the severity of each case varies.
    The cost of cancer treatment and cancer medicines in India is
    amongst the world’s lowest, about 80% cheaper than the cost in the USA.

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