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Soldiers PTSD is brain damage 12 June 2016
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Vigil outside Appeal Court in London 8 January 2013

Daniel Roque Hall supporters to handle petition  25 October 2012   

Daniel 'groomed and manipulated' Winvisible Letter in the Ham & High 4 October 2012

Daniel Roque, disabled man, 'at risk' in prison (The Guardian) 18 September 2012

Letter to the Guardian signed by several organisations 9 September 2012

Appeal by WinVisible 24 August 2012

500 UK troops a month seek mental help 7 July 2012
US UK War Crimes: More leukemia in Iraq than after Hiroshima ... as a result of the US-UK use of depleted uranium, white phosphorus and nerve gas in its weaponry. Parliamentary Motion in Scotland
22 September 2010
Sex, violence, and drugs land ex-servicemen behind bars There is a marked increase in the proportion of military veterans convicted of violent offences, raising concerns about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder...The most common offences were violence against the person (33 per cent) and sexual offences (25 per cent) 19 September  2010
Veteran Affairs Department To Review Gulf War Claims VA Secretary says the decision is part of a “fresh, bold look” the department is taking to help veterans who have what’s commonly called “Gulf War Illness”. 05 April 2010

Science Triumphs For Gulf War Veterans In Their Battle With The VA Scientific Breakthrough for Gulf War 1 Veterans fighting to receive government compensation 10 March 2010

Suicide Rate Surged Among Veterans Suicides among United States military veterans ballooned by 26 percent from 2005 to 2007, according to new statistics released by the Veterans Affairs (VA) department.
13th January 2010

A fifth of Britain's infantry is unfit for to serve on the front line, MoD reveals  Some 4,764 infantrymen - or 20.7 per cent of the total number of 22,987 - are 'not fully deployable', according to the Ministry of Defence.
12th January 2010

Suicide claims more US military lives than Afghan war A 2009 survey found that at least 15 percent of former soldiers in the 20 to 24 age bracket were unemployed.....450 of the 800 homeless in Brevard County were Iraq or Afghanistan veterans. Shelters in California are reporting twice as many requests for assistance from new veterans compared with 2007....they will eventually outnumber the more than 100,000 homeless Vietnam vets.
6 January 2010
Dahr Jamail | Iraq War Veteran on a Mental-Health Mission  "I see the ugly....I see soldiers beating their wives and trying to kill themselves all the time, and most folks don't want to look at this, including the military."
21 November 2009

Huge rise in birth defects in Falluja Iraqi former battle zone sees abnormal clusters of infant tumours and deformities 13 November 2009

Gulf War Syndrome petition: We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Give our Families the truth behind Gulf War Syndrome and give the ill veterans the right healthcare treatment and support they so rightly deserve.

Vietnam: Chemical companies, US authorities knew the dangers of Agent Orange.  “This material is exceptionally toxic; it has a tremendous potential for producing chloracne and systemic injury... Under no circumstances may this letter be reproduced, shown, or sent to anyone outside of Dow.” 10 August 2009
The Primacy of Healing: Politics and Combat Stress in America.  Iraq War combat veteran US Marine Dave McBee holds his two-year-old son Aiden McBee. Tyler E. Boudreau writes: "combat stress is, in its own way, a political statement.  28 April 2009
US battles against veteran suicide rate. The Veterans Affairs Department has estimated that 18 veterans a day, or 6,500 a year, take their own lives. 16 July 2008
In 2005 alone there were at least 6,256 veteran suicides, 120 every week for a year and an average of 17 every day (CBS report)  13 November 2007
Pension victory for Gulf War veteran
On 26 September, after a 10-year battle, veteran Alex Izett, 36, forced the Ministry of Defence to concede that he is suffering from Gulf War Syndrome.
17 October 2006
'You can teach a man to kill but not to see dying'  Ex-soldier speaks frankly 10 October 2007
MoD ignores ruling on Gulf war syndrome Thousands of war veterans will lose the right to claim additional money for Gulf war syndrome because the Ministry of Defence has decided to ignore a landmark decision which ordered it to recognise the condition. 13 June 2006
Gulf War Syndrome – Refusing To Be Disabled
There is no such a thing as an unwounded soldier. While the US claimed 760 casualties in the 1991 Gulf War, by 2002 another 8,300 had died and 168,000 had been disabled by the effects of experimental vaccines, depleted uranium (DU), oil well fires, etc., and thousands of their children were born with disabilities.  UK veterans suffered similarly... January 2006
Pressure on MoD as ruling backs Gulf war syndrome case
After years of controversy, Gulf war syndrome was officially recognised yesterday as a distinct set of symptoms suffered by British army veterans sent to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in 1991.
1 November 2005
Iraq veterans sue over war trauma
Thirty Iraq War veterans are taking legal action against the British Army because they were thrown out of the ranks after ruining their mental and physical health.      20 march 2005

Press release: Gulf War Syndrome exists - this recognition is long overdue
"Gulf War Syndrome exists", says the Independent Inquiry on Gulf War Illnesses. "This recognition is long overdue", says Ben Martin from Payday, "but only begins to address the problems faced by veterans, their families and the civilian population who are also victims."  17 November 2004

Aussage von Gina Izett fűr die unabhăngige Untersuchung der Golfkriegskrankheiten
Doch ich glaube das ich die Kraft haben werde und wenn ich denke ich schaffe es nicht denke ich stets daran: Er war nicht immer so und er ist tief im Herzen auch nicht so sondern so gemacht worden.

Statement from Gina Izett to the Independent Inquiry into Gulf War Illnesses (London)
I believe that I will have the strength and when I think that I won't cope, I always think that he was not always this way and he still is not deep down in his heart but he has been made to change like this.  
13 October 2004
Alex Izett, hunger striker, testifies at Inquiry into Gulf War Syndrome
Excerpts of the Independent Inquiry into Gulf War illnesses - London, July / September 2004  
1. Vaccinations, organophosphates, NAPS, burnt-oil smoke, blowing up of Iraqi chemical weapon depots
2. Depleted uranium
3. Symptoms and effects on veterans
4. The battle for benefits
5. Symptoms and effects on women and children
6. The medical profession
7. Lies, statistics and repression     
October 2004    

Gulf War soldier on hunger strike "I was willing to fight and die for my country. Now I am willing to die to make that country come clean and tell the truth of not only my suffering, but that of thousands of my fellow sufferers of Gulf War Syndrome." 4  September 2004

Payday submission to the Independent Inquiry into Gulf War illnesses
. . . all those affected should get financial compensation for the years of delay by the Ministry of Defence in admitting and dealing with the truth. . .   5 August 2004
Testimonianza di Payday all’Inchiesta Pubblica sulle malattie della Guerra del Golfo
. . .
tutti quelli colpiti devono ricevere un risarcimento economico per gli anni di ritardo impiegati dal Ministero della Difesa . . .  5 agosto 2004
Depleted uranium - a key cause of Gulf war syndrome
ince 1991, the U.S. has staged four nuclear wars using depleted uranium, vast regions in the Middle East and Central Asia have been permanently contaminated with radiation (...)  8 out of 20 US soldiers who served in one unit in Iraq now have malignancies.     August 2004
US scientist challenges UK on Gulf war illness
Mr Perot urged the British government to " retire the clique of stress researchers here in the UK who have only refused the issues, and start a new research funding initiative, this time supporting a new group of neuroscience researchers who can contr
ibute constructively to our understanding of the problem."    4 August 2004
Ex-Minister Warns over Gulf War Syndrome Claims
He added: “Governments are very reluctant to admit responsibility for something which is going to involve them writing large cheques, none more so than the MoD.”   3 August 2004
'End Fair Deal Delays for Sick Gulf Veterans' - Ex-Commander
General Sir Peter de la Billiere said he wanted to see a proper and thorough investigation of complaints, for the sake of both past and future personnel.    21 July 2004
MoD gags Gulf war research
Scientists paid to research illnesses in veterans of the first Gulf war have been asked by the Ministry of Defence not to reveal ongoing findings to the unofficial independent inquiry into the health of former troops.   16 July 2004
Official rebuff for Gulf inquiry
Veterans of the first Gulf war and their supporters accused ministers of "chickening out" of helping to establish possible causes for ill-health suffered by ex-service personnel.   14 July 2004
Hearing told of vaccine warnings
They are among possible suspects for illnesses reported by more than 6,000 of the 53,000 soldiers sent to the Gulf or prepared for service there. More than 630 have died.  
13 July 2004
Judge pledges success of gulf war syndrome inquiry
A former Lord Justice of Appeal yesterday pledged that an independent inquiry he heads into Gulf war syndrome would succeed whether or not government departments gave evidence.    7 July 2004
VA Warns Doctors About Lariam
The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning doctors to watch for long-term mental problems and other health effects from an anti-malaria drug given to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.   25 June 2004
Independent inquiry into Gulf war illnesses
The suggested causes have ranged from the pre-conflict injections which Lord Morris has referred to as "a veritable blitzkreig on the immune system".   14 June 2004
Ministry of Deceit
Sick Gulf War veterans were told a blatant LIE when the Ministry of Defense insisted they were not given a dangerous cocktail of vaccines.   13 June 2004
50,000 troops in Gulf illness scare
All 50,000 troops who served in the first Gulf war might have been exposed to low levels of chemical warfare agents during the fighting and its aftermath, a US investigation has suggested.   11 June 2004
Vaccines warning ignored by MoD
NEW evidence has come to light that scientists warned the MoD of their concerns about giving soldiers pertussis and anthrax vaccines before the first Gulf War.    31 May 2004
Gulf War soldier on hunger strike
A former soldier has gone on hunger strike in an attempt to secure a public inquiry into Gulf War Syndrome.     4 May 2004

Seventh Iraq War Veteran Kills Himself
Special Forces have created an "atmosphere" that makes soldiers afraid to seek help  16 March 2004

GI Denied Health Care After Speaking Out 
It appears that some of his superiors on stateside may be penalizing him for reporting his superior officer in Iraq    2 March 2004
Maimed in Iraq, then mistreated, neglected, and hidden in America
The news media had accepted that the military high command kept the number of wounded from the American public.    Undated
Disabled Vets Fire Back at Rumsfeld
An army of U.S. veterans more than twice the size of Operation Iraqi Freedom have lost their health insurance benefits since Bush took office. As many as half a million vets are homeless.    Undated
10% of soldiers at hospital had mental problems
About 1,000 soldiers were evacuated for mental problems.   
19 February 2004
Troops accused on Iraq killings
One family was offered about $1,000 (Ł530) for the death of Waleed Fayayi Muzban    
21 February 2004
Dusting downer
A former soldier won a landmark ruling, becoming the first veteran to win a war pension appeal after suffering Depleted Uranium (DU) poisoning.   6 February 2004
Washington conceals US casualties in Iraq
Estimates on the number of US soldiers, sailors and Marines medically evacuated from Iraq by the end of 2003 range from 11,000 to 22,000.  
4 February 2004
Stress Epidemic Strikes
Military psychiatrists have been warned to expect post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to occur in 20 per cent of the servicemen and women in Iraq.    
25 January 2004
Mystery pneumonia toll may be much higher
Mysterious pneumonia-like illnesses are striking U.S. troops -- including more deaths, according to soldiers and their families.   
16 September 2003 
Marine gets 7 months in jail for refusing anthrax vaccine
In a random survey of 1,253 guard and reserve pilots and aircrew, the General Accounting Office found 84 percent suffered minor reactions [to the anthrax vaccine] and at least 24 percent major multiple "systemic" reactions, the latter more than 100 times higher than the estimate by the manufacturer.
9 July 2003
US admits to 50 secret tests of bio weapons on troops
The tests were done between 1962 and 1973 and involved 5,842 service members. Many were not told of the tests, some of which involved releases of deadly nerve agents in Alaska and Hawaii.   1 July 2003
The war against ourselves: An interview with major Doug Rokke
Doug Rokke has a PhD in health physics and was originally trained as a forensic scientist. When the Gulf War started, he was assigned to prepare soldiers to respond to nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare, and sent to the Gulf. What he experienced has made him a passionate voice for peace, travelling the country to speak out.   Spring 2003
Gulf War Syndrome
"People are sick over there already," said Dr. Doug Rokke, former director of the Army's depleted uranium (DU) project. "It's not just uranium. You've got all the complex organics and inorganics [compounds] that are released in those fires and detonations. And they're sucking this in.... You've got the whole toxic wasteland." 
9 April 2003
Depleted Uranium - An expert's view
The worse part is the betrayal by my own government     April 2003
The Real Casualty Rate from America's Iraq Wars
In 1991, U.S. forces fired a staggering 944,000 DU rounds in Kuwait and Iraq. The Pentagon admits that it left behind at a bare minimum 320 metric tons of DU on the battlefield. One study of Gulf War veterans showed that their children had a higher possibility of being born with severe deformities, including missing eyes, blood  infections, respiratory problems, and fused fingers. Dr. Rokke fears that because the military relied more heavily on DU munitions in the second Iraq War than in the
first, postwar casualties may be even greater.    2 May 2003
No Money for Vets
"We are outraged by this appropriation bill since VA projects that 1.1 million veterans will either be pushed out or not even bother trying to access VA health care," said Sisk (from Veterans of Foreign Wars) "Already, we have hundreds of thousands of veterans waiting six months or more for medical appointments. This bill will compound the problem."  
7 July 2003
Marine Gets 7 Months In Jail For Refusing Anthrax Vac
In a random survey of 1,253 guard and reserve pilots and aircrew, the GAO found 84 percent suffered minor reactions and at least 24 percent major multiple "systemic" reactions, the latter more than 100 times higher than the estimate by the manufacturer.
  9 July 2003
Gulf War Veterans Sue Corporations
According to the filing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has determined that more than 100,000 veterans of the first Gulf War have at least a 10 percent impairment from chemical exposure. 
20 August 2003
Gulf War Syndrome Made Him A Rapist
is lawyers argued that he suffered from Gulf War Syndrome, which made him  violent and drove him to rape and murder a young servicewoman.  
10 April 2003
Gulf War Syndrome, The Sequel
What Rokke and other outspoken Desert Storm veterans fear is today's troops are being exposed to many of the same battlefield conditions that they believe are responsible for Gulf War Syndrome. These illnesses have left 221,000 veterans on medical disability and another 51,000 seeking that status from the Veterans Administration as of May 2002.  
8 April 2003
A Vet Speaks From the New Jersey
If they tell you you should go There is one thing you should know They wave the flag when you attack When you come home they turn their back. 
2 March 2003
Birth defects tied to GWS
Sixty-seven percent of babies born to the 400,000 vets who suffer from Gulf War Syndrome have birth defects.  
A little bit of help, for some
Between 1961 and 1971, US military forces dropped about 72 million liters of herbicidal agents on the Republic of Vietnam, including more than 45 million liters of dioxin-contaminated Agent Orange. 
11 July 2003 
Court finds for Gulf illness veteran
An ex-soldier today won a landmark legal battle against the Ministry of Defence after the high court ruled he was suffering from an illness linked to his service in the first Gulf war.
13 June  2003
Troops start trend with sperm banks
"Most of the time, it's the wife or girlfriend who gives us the call," he says. "They want to bank the sperm before the smallpox and anthrax vaccinations. And they're concerned because they've heard stories of men coming back from the Gulf and not being 100%, whether due to the vaccinations or to chemical and biological agents they were exposed to."
26 January 2003 
Soldiers back from Iraq in dismal health
Now a new study from the Department of National Defence shows that these soldiers, mostly men in the prime of life, are in worse health than the general population. In interviews done when they were back in Canada, about 30 per cent said their health is somewhat worse or much worse than it was one year ago.  
Soldier wins Gulf War Syndrome case
"The tribunal finds that the appellant was vaccinated with a concoction of drugs prior to planned deployment in the Gulf War. The concoction of drugs caused osteoporosis" said the ruling, the publication of which was delayed until after the latest war in Iraq.   
5 May 2003
Putting soldiers' lives at risk
Up to 55 per cent of all soldiers have had to buy their own kit because supplies are inadequate. 
20 January 2003
“What have I done!" - a hundred soldiers treated for "Intifada Syndrome”
They joined the most elite of units, full of motivation. They served terms of three years and more, fought in the hardest battles of the Intifada, but also had to face the civilian Palestinian population. Now that they had been discharged the difficulties are exposed, the personal problems and crises. Dozens of them went on backpacking trips to the Far East where they became drug addicted to heroine, cocaine and other hard drugs. Some tried to commit suicide. 
  11 May 2002
The forgotten army
Edward Denmark landed in the Falklands as a young gunner on May 21 1992. (. . .)
The pain was just unbearable. I felt lost to life. I had night terrors and couldn't sleep. I left the army 12 months later. I spent the next two years getting absolutely drunk, my family disowned me, I was out on the streets."
16 January  2002
Vaccination offers no protection
Just before his Christmas leave, he was offered various inoculations, including one for anthrax. He was told, if he wanted to have these jabs, he had to sign a disclaimer saying that, if he had illness in the future, he couldn't claim compensation.
  24 January 2003
New toxins threat to UK troops
Paul Tyler, head of an all-party parliamentary group investigating Gulf War Syndrome, will reveal new official evidence this week linking organophosphate pesticides to chronic fatigue syndrome, depression and muscle pain - several of the conditions affecting veterans. 
2 February 2003


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