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11/01/2011 Draft Gulf War Task Force Report Is Released

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced that the Department’s Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force has completed the draft of a comprehensive report that will outline how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) addresses the concerns of Veterans who deployed during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991. “This report provides a roadmap for our continued enhancements in our care and services we provide to Gulf War Veterans,” said Shinseki. “We will be applying lessons learned from this report to Veterans of all eras.” Notification of the draft written report is published in the Federal Register, and the draft written report addresses seven areas where VA provides services for this group of Veterans. Over the past year, the task force has examined, evaluated, designated and adjusted the initial roadmap outlined in last year’s report. VA has designated steps to improve care and services to Gulf War I Veterans and these improvements are becoming a part of our culture and operations. This year’s report focuses on improvements in the delivery of health care for Gulf War Veterans. One of the most substantial additions is modifications to clinical care models used for Gulf War Veterans, which is the most critical point of service VA provides. There are better linkages between specialty knowledge and services at the basic point of care. Clinical research and development is significantly contributing new concepts and methods to clinical practice and clinical education throughout VA. www.vawatchdogtoday.org/VAWatchdogToday.html