Lieutenant General James Terry Scott, Chairman of the Federal Veteran's Benefits Commission, suggested to Congress "there could be systematic effort to underrate disabilities to keep costs down."
Newsday, June 7, 2007, page A25.
Gulf War Symptoms:
Aching joints, chronic fatigue, headaches, memory loss, sleep difficulties, skin rashes, concentration loss, muscle spasms, depression, nervousness, diarrhea, blurred vision, anxiety, breathing problems, and chest pain.
With thanks to The Institute for Molecular Medicine website www.immed.org a great resource for veterans with Gulf War Syndrome.
Veteran and Family Counseling and/or Sex Therapy.
In our VETS-HELP Wellness Program we are veterans who understand. We know from our own experiences what you as warriors and your families need and offer counseling services based on your specific needs. Patricia Littwin, our Mooresville, North Carolina based Wellness Director, is a Mental Health Counselor and Sex Therapist with Lake Norman Therapy. She is an Army Veteran who believes in "SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED US". We are building a nationwide system with the same excellent capabilities.
We provide Counseling and Therapy to service members, veterans and their families struggling with issues related to the overwhelming trauma of war and separation including the cycle from pre-deployment to deployment to homecoming and re-entry into civilian life. We emphasize making the family whole again, and provide family activities that emphasize family bonding in new, fun and nonthreatening ways. We help with transitional issues, issues related to TBI, and learning how to be intimate as a couple again. We are initiating by request a non-secular retreat program for singles, couples and families in conjunction with US Agency programs that have given us the freedom to be effective and efficient without their interference.
We work with posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and other emotional problems. In addition, if you have been sexually harassed and/or abused, we can help with your healing process
We address the needs of each individual with confidentiality.
What do you identify with?
- Being angry with your mother/father/spouse/family for not understanding you are different now, and everything is not OK.
- Being angry with yourself for not being able to be yourself again with your family, and being short with them.
- Feeling naked without carrying your weapon.
- Missing your team-members, not having a mission, no adrenaline rush that you miss from being in firefights.
- Problems at work with boss/co-workers not giving you credit for knowing how to make things happen. You were innovative in a nasty environment and accomplished your mission. What’s his problem?
- Problems letting people know that sometimes you just need space, and that popping paper bags or jumping you to see how you react are probably really bad ideas.
- Just want to be by yourself-not feeling safe anywhere else besides your own AO.
- Problems dealing with things you had to do that went against your core because the bad guys have a different view of life and death. Not being around those who do know.
- Problems dealing with your chain of command in the military who may have messed with you, hurt you with the VA and potential employers by putting things on your DD-214 that don’t need to be there, hurt by Article 15’s and Court Martials that were not necessary or because you had a simple personality conflict with your CO, who may never have even been deployed in a combat role.
- Being really angry because of problems getting your military records or medical records, or having to prove that you really were shot at in a hostile environment.
- Irritability, jumpiness.
- Anger easily and “blow up” at loved ones or friends.
- Feeling hyper-alert, needing to be careful, on the watch for danger.
- Feeling emotionally flat, uninvolved with people, distant.
- Can’t find a date or get into a relationship.
- Feeling you can’t relate to life around you or to the concerns of your family or friends in the way you used to.
- Difficulty concentrating, paying attention, poor memory.
- Difficulty sleeping, nightmares, night terrors, flashbacks of trauma.
- Episodes of tearfulness for no apparent reason.
- Feelings that people at home “don’t get it” and you can’t really explain it to them.
- Feelings of not fitting in.
- More TV, internet use, video games than before.
- Increased use of alcohol, drugs, and/or sex, or being over-medicated by the VA.
- Feelings of sadness or guilt.
Services provided through the program include individuals, couples, family, and group Mental Health Counseling and/or Sex Therapy for our Veterans and their families.
VETS-HELP Wellness Division
Mental Health Counseling and/or Sex Therapy
Lake Norman Therapy
Mooresville, NC 28117
MEDICAL RESEARCHFund research into the effects of Multiple Chemical Syndrome on veterans and their families. The impact of this research reaches far beyond the veterans. Therefore, we need to establish a conduit for exchange of information from research facilities from all over the country that will facilitate the exchange of research and remedies for those afflicted. Vets-Help.org, has signed a letter of intent to create a joint venture with the State University at Albany with Dr. David O. Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the State University of Albany's School of Public Health. We will have medical professionals working with us to assure us of proper credentials and medical understanding of the research, as well as recommending additional research and coordinating all information available.
Most diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's have a genetic component as well as an environmental component.
By linking the research facilities we are aggressively pursuing our campaign to develop a cure if possible, or a regimen that will mitigate the results of the exposure to the chemicals and discover a connection between genetic dispositions, biomolecular and environmental effects.
ADDITIONAL MEDICAL RESEARCH
Research by Dr Abou-Donia of Duke University Medical Research Center to develop additional diagnostic tools to determine whether there is neurological damage through simple blood tests. Professor Mohamed B. Abou-Donia, who will be conducting research funded by Vets-Help.org, tested the three chemicals administered to troops in the Gulf War. One pesticide (Permethrin) was used to soak fatigues to protect the troops, one was an insect repellent (Deet) and the third were anti-nerve gas pills. When each chemical was used alone, even at very high doses, there was no toxicity, no poisoning, no damage. When he used two of the chemicals together there were some neurological dysfunctions and some behavioral problems. When the three chemicals were used together there was not only neurological deficit, but paralysis, and some animals even died.
For more information go to: www.duke university medical"We believe that our research will assist in finding a cure for these and other neurological diseases as well."