VA Names Members of Gulf War Veterans Advisory CommitteeMay 13, 2008
Secretary Peake to Hear Their Concerns, Issues
The 14-member, independent panel will advise the Secretary and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the full range of health care and benefits needs of those who served in the conflict.
“Gulf War veterans made an invaluable contribution to national security and peace in a volatile region,” Peake said. “This new panel will ensure that VA benefits and programs adapt to the needs of these veterans, just as our services have adapted for veterans of other conflicts.”
Serving on the committee are Gulf War and other veterans, veterans service organizations’ representatives, medical experts, and the survivors of Gulf War veterans. Members were selected to provide a variety of perspectives, experiences and expertise.
The committee will be chaired by Charles Cragin, a retired Navy captain, who has had several senior level positions within the federal government, including Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and Chairman of VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
In January 2002, the Department created an advisory committee to assist VA’s secretary on research into the medical problems of Gulf War veterans. That older committee will retain responsibility for research involving veterans of the 1990-1991 conflict in the
This committee’s first meeting will be held in mid-June in
A list of the members of VA’s Gulf War Advisory Committee is attached.
VA Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans
- Charles Cragin, (Chair) of
. Currently serves a senior counselor for Maine Street Solutions, LLC. Raymond, Maine
- Martha Douthit of
Surviving spouse of Gulf War Army veteran, member of the Gold Star Wives of America, currently an international trade analyst with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ashburn, Va.
- Dr. Henry Falk of
. Retired rear admiral and former Assistant U.S. Surgeon General. Currently director for the Atlanta for Environmental Health and Injury Prevention with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coordinating Center
- Mark Garner of
A retired Marine Corps chief warrant officer-three and Gulf War veteran who served as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Defense Officer. Lorton, Va.
- Dr. Lynn Goldman of
Vice chair of the Chevy Chase, Md. Instituteof Medicine Gulf Warand Health Study; currently professor of environmental health sciences at . Johns Hopkins University
- Dr. John Hart of
. Past president of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology, currently professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Plano, Texas
- William (Rusty) Jones of South Riding,
Retired Marine Corps colonel, and veteran of Gulf War and Vietnam War. Va.
- Kirt Love of
. An Army veteran of the Gulf War, currently serving as director of the Desert Storm Battle Registry. Crawford, Texas
- Daniel Ortiz of
An Army veteran of the Gulf War, currently serving as department service director with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Whittier, Calif.
- Daniel Pinedo of
Marine Corps colonel currently serving as the comptroller for First Marine Expeditionary Force at Oceanside, Calif. Camp Pendleton, Calif. Thomas Plewes of A retired Army lieutenant general and former chief of the Army Reserve. Currently a senior program officer with National Academy of Sciences. Annandale, Va.
- Valerie Randall of Savage,
A retired Army sergeant first class; currently with the Department of Homeland Security. Md.
- Edward (Randy) Reese of
An Army veteran of the Gulf War; currently national service director for the Disabled American Veterans. Washington, D.C.
- Steve Robertson of
A Gulf War veteran who served both in the Air Force and Army National Guard. Currently director of the national legislative commission for The American Legion. Fredericksburg, Va.