The State of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) was host to the 2008 Conference on Gulf War Veterans‚ Illnesses in conjunction with the 17th anniversary of the beginning of 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Wisconsin remains the first state in the nation, through 2005 Wis. Act 37, to designate an annual Gulf War Illnesses Recognition Day in recognition of those who still suffer from post-deployment health issues.
Video coverage of the conference is as follows:
WDVA Secretary John A. Scocos, the opening speaker, presents a Proclamation from Governor Jim Doyle proclaiming Jan. 17, 2008 as Gulf War Illnesses Recognition Day in Wisconsin.
In conjunction with the 2008 Conference on Gulf War Veterans‚ Illness, Anthony Hardie, WDVA Executive Assistant who has testified before Congress and served in an advisory capacity on Gulf War veterans‚ health issues for numerous governmental bodies and non-profits, presents, Lost in the Shuffle: Veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
As part of the 2008 Conference on Gulf War Veterans‚ Illness, Dane B. Cook, Ph.D., William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital/ Exercise Psychology Laboratory, UW-Madison and Aaron Stegner, Ph.D., Exercise Psychology Laboratory, UW-Madison, present information on research they are conducting on the issue of Gulf Veterans and Pain.