- The upcoming battle Gulf War II will result in casualties
- * killed in action
- * wounded in action
- * killed in accidents
- * and additional casualties that do not show up until
after the completion of hostilities.
- During the Gulf War between 1990 and 1991 the United
States military incurred: 467 individuals wounded in action, 148 killed
in battle, and 145
- killed in other than battle (i.e. accidents). Therefore,
the total number of US Gulf War casualties was 760 at the time of redeployment.
- The United States Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans
Benefit Administration Office of Performance Analysis and Integrity Data
and Information Services Gulf War Veterans Information System report that
was just published (May 2002) states that as of May 2002: 696,778 individuals
had served during the Gulf War with 572,833 individuals now eligible for
Department of Veterans Affairs benefits to include lifetime medical care,
financial compensation, and a lifetime pension.
- The difference of 123,945 individuals includes Desert
Storm veterans who are still on active duty, who already received a disability
rating directly from the military, and those who are ineligible for benefits
for various reasons.
- As of May 2002, 206,861 veterans had filed claims for
benefits based on service-connected injuries and illnesses caused by Gulf
War combat related duties. Department of Veterans Affairs officials have
processed 183,249 claims for medical care, compensation, and pension, determining
that for 159,238 veterans their injuries and illnesses are service connected,
caused by Gulf War exposures and injuries. Consequently they have been
awarded lifetime medical care, compensation, and pensions based on the
extent of their medical problems.
- The VA still has claims from 23,612 individuals pending
while they have denied benefits to 24,011 veterans.
- SINCE THE CESSATION OF GULF WAR HOSTILITIES IN 1991;
AN ADDITIONAL 8013 VETERANS HAVE DIED FROM SERVICE CONNECTED INJURIES AND
EXPOSURES INCURRED DURING OPERATION DESERT SHIELD AND OPERATION DESERT
- The implications of this official report are staggering!
As of May 2002, the Gulf War casualties include 8306 veterans dead and
159705 veterans injured or ill as a consequence of wartime service to our
nation. The official May 2002 Department of Veteran Affairs report classifies
168011 individuals as "disabled veterans". That reflects a staggering
casualty rate of 29.3% for combat related duties between 1990 and 1991.
- We still know that many sick veterans have not submitted
claims. We also know that some veterans have received disability benefits
directly from the military. Thus the actual casualty rate from combat during
1990-1991 is probably higher than the 29.3% rate the new VA report verifies.
However, combat activities did not stop in 1991. Therefore, since August
1991 a cumulative total of 1,127,458 individuals have been deployed to
the Gulf with 851480 veterans now eligible for veterans benefits.
- Consequently the VA officially recognizes in the May
2002 report that a total of 262,586 individuals are "disabled veterans"
due to duty in the Gulf and that
- 10,617 veterans have died of combat related injuries
or illnesses since the initiation of the Gulf War during August 1990. That
gives us a verified casualty rate of 30.8%. If we are to initiate Gulf
War II we had better be ready for the possible casualties.
- GIVEN THAT:
- (a) OUR MEDICAL SUPPORT SYSTEM IS INEFFECTIVE
- (b) OUR PERSONALPROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO DEFEND AGAINST
POSSIBLE USE OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ARE DEFECTIVE
- (c) COMBAT READINESS IS QUESTIONABLE, AND
- (d) A VERIFIED IRAQI THREAT HAS NOT BEEN PROVEN; THE
CITIZENS AND LEADERS OF OUR NATION WOULD BE CRAZY TO AUTHORIZE A PREEMPTIVE
ATTACK AGAINST IRAQ.
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