Gulf War Illness Research Advisory Committee

Gulf War Illness Research Advisory Committee


TODAY IS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE CEASE-FIRE THAT ENDED THE GULF WAR. I WAS TELLING THAT TO SOMEONE LAST WEEK AND
HE SAID, “I KNOW. I WAS THERE.”
THE GREATEST THING WE CAN OFFER TO RECOGNIZE THEIR SERVICE WOULD BE
TO REVIEW AND STRENGTHEN THE EFFORTS BEING MADE
TO RESTORE THEIR HEALTH. – I MEAN, I CAN WALK, TALK, AND CHEW BUBBLEGUM,
BUT IT’S THE STUFF THAT MAYBE YOU CAN’T SEE. I’M HAPPY WITH WHAT I HEARD TODAY.
I’VE BEEN HAPPY WITH THE GROUP. I’VE BEEN HAPPY WITH THE V.A.
THEY’VE BEEN A GODSEND TO MY HELP. I FEEL GRATEFUL FOR THAT.
WHEN A VETERAN HAS SUSTAINED AN INJURY OR ILLNESS
AS A RESULT OF DEPLOYMENT, THEY ARE FULLY DESERVING OF THE BEST HEALTH
CARE WE CAN GIVE THEM.
THE PURPOSE OF THE GULF WAR RESEARCH ADVISORY COUNCIL
IS TO BRING THE NEEDS OF GULF WAR VETERANS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE SECRETARY
AND THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. IT’S COMPOSED OF NOT ONLY NATIONAL EXPERTS,
BUT ALSO OF VETERANS THEMSELVES, AND PEOPLE FROM ACADEMIA, AS WELL AS GOVERNMENT.
SO IT’S TO HAVE A KIND OF A BROADER APPRECIATION OF THE PROBLEM AND PROVIDE ADVICE TO THE SECRETARY.
AS AN OFFICER WHO COMMANDED TROOPS DURING THE GULF WAR,
I TAKE IT PERSONALLY WHAT THIS COMMITTEE IS DOING.
THAT’S WHY I’VE GIVEN THE HIGHEST PRIORITY TO THIS COMMITTEE
AND WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING THIS WHOLE YEAR ABOUT HOW DO WE WORK ON CARE.
IT’S IMPERATIVE TO HAVE FACE-TO-FACE INTERACTION MEETINGS LIKE THIS.
AS YOU COULD SEE, THE VERY NATURAL HUMAN ELEMENT OF DESCRIBING STORIES, WHICH IS–AS A SCIENTIST–
WE CALL THAT QUALITATIVE RESEARCH– QUALITATIVE DATA.
IT’S THE HUMAN SIDE OF SCIENCE. IT’S VITAL TO MOVING SCIENCE FORWARD.
I’M RELYING ON THE V.A. TO COME THROUGH, HOPEFULLY FOR MY FAMILY AND MYSELF,
AND OTHER VETERANS.

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