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Gulf War Era Veteran Wanting To Participate In Medical Research

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john wayne burt
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March 20, 2011


My name is John W. Burt Jr. I am currently a disabled gulf war era veteran receiving non-service connection pension. I returned from my second tour in the gulf of March 1998 and was honorably discharged from service in December of 1998. While serving my last few months of honorable service in Newport News Virginia I began to notice chronic fatigue on a daily basis. After making the transition back to civilian life the manifestation of chronic fatigue had become worse. I did not return to work in the civilian community until December of 1999. Shortly after returning to work, in addition to chronic fatigue, I began to notice extreme inflammation in my joints and muscles at which point I consulted with my primary care physician through civilian employee provided health insurance. After routine procedures she could not diagnose what was causing chronic fatigue and bilateral joint pain, which at that point was occurring 24/7 primarily in my elbows and sometimes preventing me from driving a car. Since then the manifestation of ailments has become worse. The VA hospital has had little interest or blatant disregard to treating or acknowledging my medical conditions since I first enrolled under their health care in 2007.
I am currently disability based on the following diagnoses and or symptoms of the following medical issues:
-Chronic fatigue and tiredness all the time
-Chronic Inflammation
-Extreme muscle pain, weakness, and atrophy
-Extreme joint pain in all joints
-Degenerative disk problems in my thoracic and lumbar spine
-Irritable Bowel Disease
-Problems with bowel movements
-Neurological problems indicative of loss of muscle control, balance, and dexterity
-Minor memory problems
-Periodically the development of small circular red lesions about 1cm in diameter symmetrically by my joints (lesion on left outer wrist joint will be in exact same spot as lesion on my right outer wrist joint)
-Period flu like or virus/bacteria symptoms with no justifiable medical cause
-Symptoms of 3 autoimmune diseases, RA, Lupus, and MS, with no justifiable medical explanation (blood work does not indicate elevation of ANA titer to be high or HLA-B27 blood work does not support spinal degeneration (Ankylosing spondylitis)

I am looking for a private doctor or medical research facility that specializes in the study of Gulf War Syndrome and associated illnesses. I am available, I don't work; most days now I am lucky to get through the day just having to do normal activities indicative of life, survival, and self sustainment.

I've recently discovered through the disclosure of new information and first hand testament that children conceived by veterans presumably with Gulf War Syndrome have a very high risk factor for developing similar symptoms or sustaining birth defects at or by the age of 24 months. I have the utmost regards and desire to validate and quantify those reports and information because I have a 29 month old daughter now. I pray she has not been subjected to any ill fate or adverse health issues because of her conception via me. She is my number one concern and motivation for finding answers to the medical condition and ailments that prevent me from living a normal life.

If you can help please contact me directly via phone or email: ph: 903-243-0493 john.burt at ymail dot com
Regards and God bless anyone who will pay attention to my quest for better health care and an opportunity to become of economic and sociological value again,

John W. Burt Jr.

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