(Kansas City – NGWRC) - The National Gulf War Resource Center (NGWRC) is pleased to announced its’ annual Health & Educational Fair for veterans who served in Southwest Asia. This years event is to be held in Dallas, Texas, Thursday August 5th through Sunday August 8, 2010.
The featured Guest of Honor at the event will be Mr. H. Ross Perot, a distinguished American businessman, former Presidential Candidate, staunch supporter of the United States military and veterans causes and a veteran him self. During the event Mr. Perot will be honored with the National Gulf War Resource Center’s 20th Anniversary Desert Storm Patriot Award.
Many thousands of veterans have been afflicted with an array of chronic illnesses directly resulting from their service. Now with the Veterans Administration (VA) opening up those covered under gulf war illness to veterans of OEF and OIF, there will be a lot of information given out to help them.
The VA’s Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses announced in November 2008 that one in four veterans of the PGW suffer from chronic illness. In April of this year the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released their report that acknowledged a relationship between ones service in Southwest Asia and their multisymptom illnesses.
NGWRC and other veterans organizations continue to advocate on behalf of these veterans for treatment and disability compensation and to push for annual research funding that may one day lead to a cure.
Our four-day event will feature a number of distinguished speakers who will discuss ongoing research into Gulf War Illnesses (GWI) and other related topics, including Dr. Robert Haley from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Haley and his colleagues have made great strides in epidemiologic, clinical and laboratory research on GWI since March of 1994.
The VA’s Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses will be represented by the well known researcher Lea Steele, PhD. She will be covering the different research programs that have been completed. Dr. Steele will also cover what research is going on and how imperative it is for veterans to take part.
The Department of Veterans Affair’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Clinic (WRIISC), on the request of the NGWRC, will present information to the veterans about their program. The NGWRC has also set it up for them to visit the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area VA and put on classes for the staff about gulf war illness.
U. S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has been invited to be our key note speaker on August 7th and his Chief of Staff John R. Gingrich. Mr. Gingrich the highest ranking gulf war veteran working for the VA.
All veterans are invited regardless of their periods of service. Details are available at http://www.facebook.com/l/3a922;www.ngwrc.org/ or by calling toll-free; (866) 531-7183
James A. Bunker