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    VA Doubles Gulf War Research Funding

    NEWS RELEASE
    from Department of Veterans Affairs:


    VA Doubles Gulf War Research Funding
    October 30, 2002


    WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) plans to make available
    up to $20 million for research into Gulf War illnesses during fiscal year
    2004, a figure twice the amount spent by VA in any previous year.

    The announcement, made by VA Deputy Secretary Dr. Leo S. Mackay Jr.,
    highlighted a two-day meeting of VA's Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War
    Veterans Illnesses. The decision was, in part, a response to a committee
    report in June concerning areas of research that need further study.

    "We want the best researchers and the best ideas brought to bear on this
    long-standing problem," Mackay said. "Research into Gulf War illnesses is an
    area ripe for important discoveries."

    Studies by researchers from VA and the private sector have found evidence of
    a possible neurological basis for the complaints of some veterans.

    The committee, commissioned last January by VA Secretary Anthony Principi and
    chaired by James Binns, a Vietnam veteran, includes scientists, business
    people, Gulf War veterans and veterans advocates. Some members have been
    critical of previous government efforts to diagnose, treat and research the
    medical problems of some veterans.

    "This is a huge occasion for our work," said Binns. "This is tangible
    evidence that this administration is different and committed to finding
    answers."

    In addition to the increase in funding, VA plans to create a special center
    dedicated to medical imaging technologies. These technologies are important
    to understanding Gulf War illnesses as well as other conditions important to
    veterans.

    To date, the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services and VA have
    spent $213 million on 224 research projects to answer the questions
    surrounding Gulf War illnesses.

    "Science is finally beginning to unravel the mysteries of Gulf War illnesses.
    And finally, there is reason for hope," Mackay said.

    Sempers,

    Roger

    IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY LATE HUSBAND, SSgt Roger A. Alfano, USMC
    ONE PROUD MARINE
    1961-1977
    Vietnam 1968/69
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    I hope so I am tired of being spoon fed Doo-Doo! I hope they can cure this stuff pretty soon and keep their money.


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