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BREAKDOWN OF NERVE AGENT PLUME

AT KHAMISIYAH PIT

     This is a simple breakdown about what happened at the Khamisiyah Pit on March 2, 1991 as published by the DoD on both agent count and rocket count.
    According to Mr. Jack Heller, PhD., U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion, who is senior in charge of research, 342 gallons of nerve agent gases is believed to be in plume. The complete 28 page report is available on the Internet on my webpage. Just follow the CIA Publications link on the Link Page, then follow the instructions and read about the plume and potential troop exposures.

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update--------March 28,1999--------update

Joe's update from the CDC conference

Joseph G Miller P.O.Box 125 West Jefferson, NC 28694

Introduction

     Having said what I did on my November 8th update, I must say that Dr. Barrett did and excellent job on setting the agenda for the conference on "The Health Impact of Chemical Exposures during the Gulf War."
    When we arrived and public comment began, we soon discovered that the format was very open. Invited speakers were very knowledgeable and informative although much of the technical expertise was miles above my educational experience. I must tell you however their technical explanation made sense to me based on my health problems of the past 8 years. It sounded like the speakers had a good grasp on the nature and working of the Gulf War Illness.
    Panelists and workgroups listened to Veterans comment, ask questions of vets, and put many things as requested onto the agenda for future research (IE) vaccines, birth defects, Leishmaniasis, and living environments. I was extremely pleased that the CDC did not slam the door on these issues because of the main topic being chemical exposures. Given the condition of my short term memory, I will not get into detail of major topics until I receive my summaries from the CDC.

Attendance

     Among 280 people pre-registered were 89 PHD, 57 MD, many other with multiple degrees and expertise as time permits, I will publish a list of VA personnel who attended. There were 16 different VA facilities represented, so if your facility was represented a mine was, you will have someone to talk to and ask questions of when you get there. Sometimes just a name helps. Also coming will be a list of numerous veteran help groups in addition to the major ones already posted.
    I was also pleased with the DoD personnel who attended. They took some heat, but listened and answered all questions asked of them. Some DoD fought diligently in favor of changes to benefit both veterans and active duty personnel.
    It was made clear to me by the closing remarks of all work groups that they considered 1) Gulf War Syndrome and Illness to be a real physical problem. 2) It is of no single cause and has multiple symptomology. 3) Veterans need to look at our experience more openly, don't refuse to seek help because you think it is stress or PTSD. 4) The doctors and researchers need to know where we are, regardless of our health since the war.
    The numbers given to us at the CDC were 100,000 sick, 9,600 dead, service connected. We do not know why. We have Tuskegee Experiments, atomic veterans and agent orange to judge one side, we have only Tim McVeigh to judge the other.
    The following people are VA Personnel who were pre-registered for the CDC conference:

Dewellen Baker, MD, VA center, Cincinnati OH
Lisa D. Beck, Oklahoma City, OK
Iris R. Bell. Tucson, AZ
Phyllis Deel, Mt. Home & Johnson City, TN
Hossein Emami, Altuna, PA
LTC. Charles C. Engel, JR. Walter Reed Medical Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Michael Krueger, Cincinnati, OH
Irvin G. McQuarrie, Cleveland, OH
William Meggs, East Carolina Medical Center
Beatriz Orduna Salisbury. Albuquerque, NM
Neil S. Otchin, MD, VA Central Office, Washington, DC
John E. Ottenweller, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, E. Orange, NJ

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