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Veterans for Common Sense

The Chemical-Biological Warfare
Exposures Site

Veterans Health Records
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your health records here

Tracking Toxic Casualties
(Yeah, they really call it that)

VA Watchdog

Veterans Today

Fifth Third Bank Rip off
Pentagon Curbs use of Hexavalant Chromium


Review board to disappoint Vets disabled since 9/11

VA Whistleblower pays high price

The firing of Dr. Robert Van Boven sends a chilling message to VA employees
and may put an end to valuable
traumatic brain injury research.

Changes in Veterans Benefits
Here are some highlights of recent changes to veterans’ benefits.

US to Pay Family of Marine Who Commited Suicide $350,000
In what the plaintiffs' lawyer said could be a ground-breaking settlement, the U.S. government has
agreed to pay $350,000 to the family of a former Belchertown Marine who took his own life after
returning from Iraq.  Jeffrey M. Lucey was a corporal assigned to a special operations unit in Iraq in
2003. After he returned home later that year he began acting erratically and suffering from
nightmares, according to his family.  In May 2004, Lucey was admitted to the Veterans Affairs
Medical Center in Leeds. The facility discharged him four days later after diagnosing him with
alcoholism and mood swings.  On June 22, 2004, Lucey hanged himself in the basement of his
parents' Belchertown home. He was 23. His parents, Kevin P. and Joyce Lucey, filed a wrongful
death suit against the government in U.S. District Court in Springfield, saying it was to blame for
Jeffrey's suicide.

Software Glitch Put Veterans at Risk of Drug Overdoses at VA Hospitals
When a software glitch garbled patient records across more than 50 veterans hospitals, causing
some veterans to receive the wrong doses of potentially dangerous medications (like blood
thinners), VA hospital administrators did what every bureaucrat does: They lied about it and told no
Veterans exposed to incorrect drug doses
The top Republican on the House Veterans Affairs Committee demanded Wednesday that the VA
explain how it allowed software glitches to put the medical care of patients at its health centers
nationwide at risk.  "I am deeply concerned about the consequences on patient care that could
have resulted from this 'software glitch' and that mistakes were not disclosed to patients who were
directly affected," said Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind. "I have asked VA for a forensic analysis of all
pertinent records to determine if any veterans were harmed, and I would like to know who was
responsible for the testing and authorized the release of the new application."

Dugway's secret tests: Vets link health problems to chemical exposure
Dwight Bunn easily becomes breathless and says he has lung scarring from exposure during
chemical tests conducted in secrecy on troops while he was stationed at the Army's Dugway Proving
Ground in Tooele County from 1962 to 1963.

David W. Davidson tried to hold his breath while being gassed at Dugway back in 1961. But he now
has a laundry list of health maladies, any one of which may be connected to that day 47 years ago.

A doctor told Samuel Waller Anderson Jr. that the peripheral neuropathy in his feet and numbness
in his hands was caused by some kind of exposure to chemicals. Anderson was stationed at
Dugway from 1952 to 1956 and also was a guinea pig during tests at the isolated 1,300-square-mile
Army base.

Government records show there may be hundreds, possibly thousands, more veterans like
Anderson and Bunn — soldiers who were told shadowy military tests at Dugway and elsewhere
wouldn't hurt them but who decades later can't explain what's happening to their bodies.

The claims made by Bunn, Davidson and Anderson are also the type of stories that the Department
of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs want to hear. Both departments in September set
up a Web site,, which is partly intended to jog the memories of former
soldiers, most of whom are now in their 60s and 70s.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? No purple heart
The Pentagon has decided that it will not award the Purple Heart, the hallowed medal given to those
wounded or killed by enemy action, to war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
because it is not a physical wound.

Flap over Purple Heart Is 'Tip of Iceberg' Vets Say
“Because PTSD affects structures in the brain, it’s a physical disorder, no different from shrapnel,”
Fortunato explained to Stars & Stripes. “This is an injury.”

Vietnam Veterans of America Sues Military and CIA over secret testing of soldiers
January 7, 2009 - Law Firm Morrison & Foerster Files Suit Against CIA, DoD, and U.S. Army on
Behalf of Troops Exposed to Testing of Chemical and Biological Weapons at Edgewood Arsenal
and Other Top Secret Sites

Somatic Systems, Inc to begin treating military and veterans in February
Somatic Systems is the worldwide center for Clinical Somatics™, the groundbreaking drug-free, non-
surgical approach to pain relief. This proprietary system uses natural, non-invasive movement
techniques -- conducted through one-hour hands-on sessions, therapeutic exercises classes, and
home exercises lasting as little as 5 minutes a day -- to relieve pain and limitation resulting from
accident, trauma and repetitive stress, including back pain, knee pain, joint problems, carpal tunnel
syndrome, TMJ, scoliosis, bursitis, sciatica, headaches, tendonitis and more. Clinical Somatics(TM)
also provides performance gains and injury prevention for casual and professional athletes.

PTSD War Veteran Who Claimed Benefits in Prison
Madison, Wisconsin - Keith Roberts awaits the decision of his appeal before a three-judge panel of
the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit as he sits in a federal prison in Minnesota because the
United States government said he did not tell the truth about his service in the Navy.
The Wars Come Home
Our Governments Failure to Take Care of It's War Casualties