Legion Claims “Man Has Conquered Gulf War Syndrome”

2 Apr

Read this story and then come back to my post and see why this really pisses me off!

http://www.legion.org/washingtonconference/214028/has-man-conquered-gulf-war-

I’m really happy that the “Great Conqueror” has no more tummy aches, but the rest of us in the real world have the real Gulf War Syndrome! It doesn’t have a darn thing to do with having a bad meal in Iraq for most of us. In fact if you read the Federal Benefits Handbook for the VA it does not even come up. I don’t know about you, but I was warned about not eating the local cuisine. Anyway, this is all about how he ate a bad meal and then figured out he had some rare stomach virus.
Now, I’m just going by what is in the story, maybe there’s more to it, but according to the story am I wrong in saying:
What on earth does that have to do with GULF WAR SYNDROME?? And thank god there’s a cure now – I guess I can go to the VA and get it? Oh, what’s that, NO? Why not??…. I’m confused!

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I believe the editors of this article and American Legion really were reaching when they talked about “conquering” and “cure” for gulf war syndrome knowing that those two words would come up in searches for those of us who are desperate for information about why we are all sick with things that have nothing to do with what this man has according to the article. I feel that the editors and the Legion should retract this headline and make a statement on behalf of the editor’s mistake in trying to pull readership with a cheap shot. I was an editor and a publisher for several years and I know how it works and I never stooped this low. They have a responsibility to their readers, veterans and members to publish the facts and use journalism for the good of this audience, not to sell magazines and get hits on the site. I am just going out on the limb here and I really hope I’m wrong about him “curing the disease” but I bet we never hear another word about this guy. This will just fade away just like the rest because all he did was for his own self-interest not for the good of us all in my opinion. But, hey, I’m not a Major in the Army and so I guess my opinion doesn’t matter.

I wonder if anyone at the legion has read the Federal Benefits VA Regulations on what the definition of Gulf War Illness is. Fibromyalgia, respiratory Disorders, Chronic Fatigue, Mental Disorders, Sleep Disorders etc.. I didn’t hear anything about that from him. Just that he had some bad chow. Wow, and then he figured how to cure himself and now he’s a big hero? Seems like he should either get a reward or a reprimand. You decide.

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  9. Mike April 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

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    • Dave April 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Thanks, I wasn’t aware. Maybe it had something to do with the very animated long e-mail I sent to them about not getting our hopes up. I used to be a copy editor and it was my job to write headlines and I was very careful not to make the headlines overstated like that or anything other than what the story was about. I took my job seriously and I wasn’t even at a very important publication like the American Legion magazine. I just think it was a cheap shot to get hits on a site that maybe is losing an audience. My wife looked at my post and was like, “They’ll never let you near a legion again!” I said, “Well, I would think that most members would buy me a beer if I am just pointing out a mistake!” Everyone makes mistake and if it was an honest mistake then I understand, but you just can’t afford to make mistakes when we are hoping for some sort of cure or solution for the problems that consume our lives! Thanks for pointing that out, though and keep on commenting my friend!

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