Monday, August 6, 2018

In Memory of Joy "JoJo" Chavez

( - August 6, 2018) -- It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Joy "JoJo" Chavez.  The Lord took JoJo home yesterday morning, August 5, 2018. 

She was an activist and true warrior for ill Gulf War veterans.  She led a focus group for multiple veterans who were ill.  She was recognized by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses (PAC) in 1996 for providing the PAC with important information related to ill Gulf War veterans.

JoJo was a valued friend, and a loving wife and mother.  She is survived by her husband, John Chavez -- formerly SSG Chavez, USAF, who served during the 1991 Gulf War, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Their experience with Gulf War Illness is described by former CIA analyst Patrick Eddington beginning in the opening paragraph of his 1997 book, "Gassed in the Gulf: The Inside Story of the Pentagon-CIA Cover-up of Gulf War Syndrome."  

Most of all JoJo was like a fierce Mother Bear when it came to “her vets and their families” who were in need! We will all miss her!

Joy is survived by her husband, John; her son and a former Marine, Jonathon, and his wife Kellie, a registered nurse.  Jonathon and Kellie are parents to Joy’s only grandchild, Everleigh Rose Lynn.  JoJo loved all children but she adored her grand baby!

Very Respectfully,

Marguerite Knox

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Funding Opportunity: Gulf War Illness Research Program - New Investigator Award

SOURCE:  CDMRP Email, Aug. 1, 2018

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Date: Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 2:40 PM
Subject: JUST RELEASED! FY18 DoD GWIRP Program Announcement

This e-mail is to notify the research community of the recently released Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) funding opportunity for the Department of Defense (DoD) Gulf War Illness Research Program managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). 

Gulf War Illness Research Program
New Investigator Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the website (, the CDMRP website ( and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (

All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website (

Subsequent notifications will be sent when additional funding opportunities are released. A listing of all open CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Submission is a two-step process requiring both pre-application submission and full application submission.  All pre-applications must be submitted through eBRAP (  Full applications from extramural organizations (non-DoD organizations) must be submitted through (  Intramural DoD organizations may submit full applications to either eBRAP or  Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and  For detailed information on the submission process, refer to Section II.D. of the Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity.

eBRAP is a multifunctional web-based system that allows PIs to submit their pre-applications electronically through a secure connection, to view and edit the content of their pre-applications and full applications, to receive communications from the CDMRP, and to submit documentation during award negotiations and period of performance.  A key feature of eBRAP is the ability of an organization’s representatives and PIs to view and modify the application submissions associated with them.  eBRAP will validate application files against the specific Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity requirements and discrepancies will be noted in an email to the PI and in the Full Application Files tab in eBRAP.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to review all application components for accuracy as well as ensure proper ordering as specified in this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity. 

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