Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller’s information is obtained. The numbers to be avoided are: 800-872-1000 (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000) and 888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551). VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation.
The VA refers to Gulf War Syndrome as Gulf War Veterans’ Medically Unexplained Illnesses.
“Gulf War Veterans’ Medically Unexplained Illnesses” Which effects all those who have served in the Persian Gulf from 1990 till 2016.
Major military operations are; Operation’s Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Provide Comfort 1 and 2, Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and certain areas of support for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Here are excerpts from the VA web site on Gulf War Veterans’ Medically Unexplained Illnesses.
“Prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems.”
“VA refers to these illnesses as “chronic multi symptom illness” and “undiagnosed illnesses.” We prefer not to use the term “Gulf War Syndrome” when referring to medically unexplained symptoms reported by Gulf War Veterans. Why? Because symptoms vary widely”.
“VA presumes certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for 6 months or more are related to Gulf War service without regard to cause. These “presumptive” illnesses must have appeared during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations or by December 31, 2016″,
“For VA benefit purposes, Gulf War service is active military duty in any of the following areas in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations at any time during the first Gulf War starting August 2, 1990 through the Iraq War. This includes Veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2010) and Operation New Dawn (2010-2011)”.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis-Lou Gherig’s Disease is Veterans Affairs recognized and connected to Gulf War Veterans’ Medically Unexplained Illnesses.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis-Lou Gherig’s Disease already listed under diseases associated with Gulf War Syndrome.
Parkinson Disease website’s associating Gulf War Syndrome as a cause of Parkinson’s Disease but not Veteran Affairs recognized.
Multiple Sclerosis website’s associating Gulf War Syndrome as a cause of MS but not Veteran Affairs recognized.
This article presented to us by:
Shawn W. Wilbur
VFW Post 2280
Blinded Veterans Association
Nebraska Regional Group
VFW 2280 Member represents Veterans at business Opening
On Friday, August 2nd, 2013, Bellevue welcomed a new business, Take Aim, to the area. As part of the opening day events, a veteran from each conflict since WW II forward was selected to be part of the first round of shooters at the range. VFW Post Commander , Joe Smith was selected as part of that group.
The opening activities also included a “poker Shoot” to see who could get the best poster hand. Joe represented the VFW well with a winning hand of 4 of a kind with his well placed shots. Congratulations Joe.