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  • Writer's pictureJessica Fehrenbach

Belleview Cohort Study Project & Gulf-War Veterans Neurodegeneration: A Meta-Analysis

Updated: Feb 16

It is the contention of John Thibault Advocacy Solutions, Inc. that a second generation of Gulf-War Veterans have been grievously injured due to the Toxic Environmental Exposures present since 1990-1991 Desert Storm Operations launched Nerve Agents and Class 1 Chemical Weapons >60,000 feet into the atmosphere of the Persian-Gulf and the Waters of the Red Sea. Moreover, our Meta-Analysis will examine critical findings of the latest era of 2011-2021 Gulf-War Era Veteran— who have largely been omitted from media coverage of the War in the Middle East for the past decade. To that end— I contend that our findings which include crucial examination and findings concerning the 2011-2021 period of the Gulf-War. There is scant information publicly available concerning the health outcomes or ongoing monitoring efforts of the latest generation of Gulf-War Veterans who have suffered in the region between 2011-2021, and yet the symptoms and disease manifestations with genomic damage and biochemical markers of exposure will be shared in our findings. How can this be after more than 20 years after Desert Storm? Is it possible that the evidence suggests policymakers revisit environmental exposure limits and safety margins? to began a “multi-system unexplained illness” colloquially referred to as “Gulf-War Illness” (GWI). It is my contention that this same ‘multi-system unexplained illness’ has become more severe with a shorter latency period —owing to the well-known Genetic Anticipation phenomenon.

The evidence of record establishes causation in terms of the Desert Storm cohort of Gulf War Veterans. Nerve Agent exposure has been identified as the cause of “Gulf War Illness”. Specifically relating to Sarin and Soman Nerve Gas and PON1/PON2 genotype susceptibility. A discussion of the myriad of mitigating factors and activating or inactivating or protective aspects of symptom Heterogeneity of Gulf-War Illness cannot be explained solely by acute or sub-acute service-connected Environmental Exposures any longer; but I digress— as these findings will be discussed in detail in our report in the immediate future.

Full disclosure— the aforementioned is hardly revelatory discovery on my part. Instead, you will find that the genotype-phenotype causation of Gulf-War Illness” is publicly available information spanning 31 years of research and population studies which were conducted by hundreds of investigators worldwide. Examining and understanding the 31 years of the aforementioned efforts was where the Meta-Analysis for this project began. The findings of chemical weapons toxicity due to acute and subacute exposures with other genetic and mitigating variables has not been challenged by the DoD since these latest findings pertaining to GWAS were published in May 2022— published by Dr. Robert Haley, M.D. after he extrapolated gene-environment-behavior data and conducted analysis of publications by The DoD, The VA, and the Private Sector. Therefore, the evidence of record already demonstrates more than 1:3 of Veterans that served from 1990-1991 in Desert Storm are presumed to be service-connected disabilities, as of the 1996 congressional mandate, as amended, 38 CFR § 3.31.


This Meta-Analysis conducted by JTAS, Inc. has demonstrated concerning pattern of further disease in the youngest cohort of Gulf-War veterans and our findings will illustrate the presence of an as-of-yet to be discussed continuing environmental exposure to chemical weapons and nerve agents by U.S. troops after more than 30 years since Desert Storm. What then, can be said for the Iraqi citizens and neighboring countries in the region which have been inescapably devastated by decades of wars? Put lightly, the findings of our research have implications for civilian application in terms of further research examining deficiencies in domestic environmental quality metrics in terms of “safety”. Quite simply, our findings serve to bring attention to the sacrifices of The Service Members who have endured a lifetime of suffering unto death lest they stand for another day which threatens the sanctity of American Soil.

Remarkably, even approaching the third decade since Desert Storm it was only the youngest cohort of Gulf-War veterans who may have a hand in finishing the fight to be heard. Perhaps now, this new tragedy can breathe new life into our Nation’s collective appreciation for “The Sins of the Father”— that is— considering more conservative rubrics for “health and safety” in lieu of profits-over-people. The larger picture is drawing on these concepts and helping the public drawn their own parallels. Put simply, what can be said for concern of the public health risk in demonstrated this Meta-Analysis following >31 years of misunderstood and misrepresented “Gulf-War Illness” environmental exposures correlates to domestically? is the personal mission of John and Jessica, Co-Founders of John Thibault Advocacy Solutions, Inc. to ‘Serve Those Who Serve’— which begins with publishing our findings in the immediate future. It is our hope that best management practices of U.S. domestic and foreign land assets, aircraft, and, naval vessels will consider our study’s findings and the larger implications.

Specifically, we urge the policymakers and leadership teams to exercise caution in favor of a more conservative bar for “health risk” moving forward—in terms of Genetic Anticipation— whilst conducting environmental site assessments for future endeavors. This is truly for the benefit of all Americans and certainly crucial if there will be future generations of Americans yet to come. Truly, our mission at JTAS, Inc. is to identify knowledge deficiencies and study harm reduction techniques to prevent the evolution of further novel mutation of new disease or harmful environmental exposures— both having an indirect effect on mitigating the Rare and Undiagnosed diseases facing civilian and Veteran patients today.

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