Monday, February 22, 2016

HVAC: Congress to Examine VA Treatment of Veterans Suffering from Gulf War Illness on Gulf War 25th Anniversary

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For Immediate Release
Feb. 22, 2016
Media Contact: Curt Cashour

HVAC to Examine VA Treatment of Veterans Suffering from Gulf War Illness

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. in room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations will hold an oversight hearing examining the medical care and treatment VA provides to veterans afflicted with Gulf War Illness (GWI).

Twenty-five years after the Gulf War, concerns persist that there has been little improvement in understanding GWI or how to treat or manage it. There are a number of reasons for this, including VA’s frequent characterization of GWI as psychological malady, VA’s clinical guidelines that recommend the use of psychotropic drugs for many GWI symptoms, and the potential influence of drug manufacturers who may have employed or sponsored some of the authors of the clinical trials on which VA’s clinical guidelines are based. 
The purpose of this hearing is to evaluate VA’s treatment of – and current health outcomes for – Veterans suffering from Gulf War Illness.

The following event is open to the press:

WHO: Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations
WHEN: 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 23, 2016
WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming at


Dr. Carolyn Clancy
Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Organizational Excellence
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Accompanied by:

Stephen Hunt, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Post-Deployment Integrated Care Initiative
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Victor Kalasinsky, PhD
Senior Program Manager, Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Research
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Deborah Cory-Slechta, PhD
Professor of Environmental Medicine, Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences
Acting Chair, Department of Environmental Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine

Roberta F. White, Ph.D
Chair, Department of Environmental Health
Boston University School of Public Health

Accompanied by:

Mr. James H. Binns
Gulf War Researcher
Former Chairman
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses

Mr. Anthony Hardie
Gulf War Veteran
Director, Veterans for Common Sense

Accompanied by:

Mr. David K. Winnett, Jr.
Gulf War Veteran


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