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Commentary on Army DU Medical Management Policy

May 4, 2004

by Dr. Doug Rokke, Ph.D.
Major (retired), USAR
former 3rd U.S. Army Gulf War 1 DU team health physicist
former U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Project director

see http://www.grassrootspeace.org/du_medmgmt_otsg.pdf

Depleted uranium munitions are used during combat because they are extremely
effective. However, in winning these battles through use of uranium
munitions we have contaminated air, water, and soil. Consequently, children, women,
and men have inhaled, ingested, or got wounds contaminated with uranium.

Uranium is a heavy metal and radioactive poison. The toxicity is not debatable as
the Director of the U.S. Army Environmental Policy Institute stated in a
congressionally mandated report that "No available technology can
significantly change the inherent chemical and radiological toxicity of DU.

These are intrinsic properties of uranium " (Health and Environmental
Consequences of Depleted Uranium Use in the U.S. Army: Technical Report,
AEPI, June 1995).

The primary U.S. Army training manual: STP 21-1-SMCT: Soldiers Manual of
Common Tasks states "NOTE: (Depleted uranium) Contamination will make food
and water unsafe for consumption." [Task number: 031-503-1017 "RESPOND TO
DEPLETED URANIUM/LOW LEVEL RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS (DULLRAM) HAZARDS"].
Although, existing U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) directives require that
prompt and effective medical care be provided to all exposed individuals
(Medical Management of Unusual Depleted Uranium Casualties, DOD, 10/14/93)
and the thorough clean up of dispersed radioactive contamination (AR 700-48:
"Management of Equipment Contaminated With Depleted Uranium or Radioactive
Commodities"); United States, British, and Australian officials refuse to
comply with these directives.

RECENT EVENTS.

The U.S. Army Surgeon General, Lt. General James B. Peake issued a
memorandum dated April 29, 2004 that depleted uranium bioassays will be administered to
all individuals with Level 1 and Level 2 exposures and that bioassays would
be provided upon request for all Level 3 exposures.

Level 1 is defined as: "Personnel who were in, on, or near combat vehicles
at the time they were struck by depleted uranium rounds (to include wounded),
or who entered immediately after to attempt rescue."

Level 2 is defined as: "Personnel who rountinely entered depletd uranium
damaged vehicles as part of their military occupation or who fought fires
involving depletd uranium munitions."

Level 3 is defined as: "Personnel involved in al other exposures incidental
in nature, e.g. driving by a vehicle struck by deplted uranium". (SECDEF
3/30/03: Policy for the Operation Iraqi Freedom Depleted Uranium (DU)
Medical Management: http://www.deploymentlink.osd.mil/du_library/pdfs/policy_oif_053003.pdf

However this directive still ignores exposures incurred while within, near,
or after entering and DU destroyed structure or on contaminated terrain.
I must also ask if the same medical test will be provided to all U.S.
coalition military personnel and to al Iraqi military and civilians who were
exposed? Will medical care also be provided to all individuals who have been
exposed and denied a radiobioasay and relevant medical care all exposed
individuals where ever depleted uranium (uranium) munitions were
manufactured, tested, and/or used in combat?The United States, England, and Australia have recently used extensive
amounts of weapons made from uranium, commonly called depleted uranium in
Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans. Medical evidence and especially the
birth defects in children born to parents in areas with DU contamination is
an issue of significant concern. Depleted uranium (uranium 238) along with
other contaminates of war have been implicated and medical evidence supports
the fact that uranium contamination exposure results in adverse health
effects.

Today; after the willful use of uranium munitions during Gulf War 1, during
Balkans combat, in Afghanistan, and now during Gulf War 2; warriors and
non-combatants are exhibiting serious adverse health effects from exposure
to depleted uranium munitions contamination, conventional weapons residue, and
released toxic industrial chemicals.

However, even though medical evidence exists to prove adverse health effects
United States, British, Australian, Canadian, and NATO officials continue to
state specifically that there are no known adverse health effects in
individuals who were exposed to uranium and other contamination. That is a
willful lie as verified by actual medical records of thousands of
individuals affected by war created contamination. However, despite their
formal stance the British Ministry of Defence recently have acknowledged
that British serviceman who serve in Iraq may be exposed to depleted uranium
contamination and can obtain medical testing upon re-deployment.
http://www.grassrootspeace.org/du_mod_warning_cards.html

[Britsh soldiers in Iraq are issued warning cards on DU that advises them they may have been exposed to DU and advising them that they may request testing. See Sunday Herald story on warning cards - "MoD ‘lied’ over depleted uraniums" ]


April 29, 2004

Commentary by Doug Rokke

Finally after 13 years of denied medical testing, denied medical care for the
majority of depleted uranium casualties, numerous requests for medical care,
and continued use of uranium munitions Colonel Paula K. Underwood, M.C., in
the U.S. Army Office of the Surgeon General has distributed the following
official U.S. Army policy dated 4/29/04 regarding testing for depleted uranium
exposure.

However, I must ask if U.S. Department of Defense officials who willfully
manufactured, tested, and used uranium munitions will provide this same testing
for all individuals who were exposed to uranium contamination to include
residents of Iraq; the Balkans; Vieques, Puerto Rico; Okinawa; Afghanistan;
locations through out the United States, England, Canada, Germany, and all other
locations where depleted uranium or in reality uranium weapons were manufactured,
tested, or used? If a uranium radiobioassay is now required for all level 1
and 2 exposures and is available upon request for level 3 exposures to all U.S.
service members as result of confirmed or possible uranium contamination
exposures then this testing must be made available to all individuals in our
coalition nations and to all individuals who were affected by the U.S. military's
willful use, testing, or manufacturing of uranium munitions at any location.
However because thousands of children, women, and men were exposed, many are
sick, and all but 262 were denied testing and medical care for 13 years will
these individuals be provided care and compensation base on presumption and
denial of previously mandated testing.

Level 1 is defined as: "Personnel who were in, on, or near combat vehicles at
the time they were struck by depleted uranium rounds (to include wounded), or
who entered immediately after to attempt rescue."

Level 2 is defined as: "Personnel who rountinely entered depletd uranium
damaged vehicles as part of their military occupation or who fought fires
involving depletd uranium munitions."

Level 3 is defined as: "Personnel involved in al other exposures
9incidentalin nature, e.g. driving by a vehicle struck by deplted uranium". (SECDEF
3/30/03: Policy for the Operation Iraqi Freedom Depleted Uranium (DU) Medical
Management)

The acknowledgement that medical care is required for level 1 and 2 exposures
and optional for level 3 exposures when compared with rge findings of the
U.S. Army Environmental Institute report (6/95) that: "No available technology
can significantly change the inherent chemical and radiological toxicity of DU.
These are intrinsic properties of uranium." indicates that mediical care must
be provided to all casaualties and individuals affected by U.S. Department of
Defense manufacture, testing, and use of uranium munitions.

Dr. Doug Rokke, Ph.D.
Major (retired), USAR
former 3rd U.S. Army Gulf War 1 DU team health physicist
former U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Project director

official OTSG message follows:

From: Underwood, Paula K COL OTSG [mailto:Paula.Underwood@us.army.mil]
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2004 9:24 AM
To: Alsip, Bryan J MAJ AMEDDCS; Arthur Cajigal (E-mail); Bailey, Rachel L MAJ
AMEDDCS; Baker, Arthur R LTC CHPPM-Wash DC; Barraza, Evelyn M COL MAMC;
Battle, Steven E MAJ WBAMC; Bde (FWD) PM Staff Officer Lund (E-mail); Beck,
Kimberly A CPT WRAMC-Wash DC; Bedno, Sheryl A CPT MAMC; Bell, Michael R MAJ USACHPPM;
Benne, Paul D MAJ IACH-Ft Knox; Bennett, Kent S CPT MAMC; Black, Lisa A LTC
OTSG; Boland, Edward H LTC WAMC-Ft Bragg; Bradley, Kent L COL LND; Brewster,
Steven J LTC GAHC-Ft Drum; Brumage, Michael LTC USAMW; Burns, Darlene M MAJ
BMACH; Bybee, Leon R LTC EACH; Campbell, Brian S COL WBAMC; Cann, William H CPT
MAMC; Caudle III, COL Lester; Cavicchia, Melinda A LTC BACH; Cersovsky, Steven B
MAJ WRAIR-Wash DC; Ciminera, Paul CPT WRAIR-Wash DC; COL John Gardner
(E-mail); Coldren, Rodney L MAJ USAMRU; Collier, LTC Craig; Completo, John D MAJ
WRAIR-Wash DC; Cook, James E LTC MAMC; Corr, William P LTC BMACH; Costigan, Daniel
J MAJ WRAIR-Wash DC; Craig, Stephen C COL KACH-West Point; Davidson, Daniel R
COL MACH; DeFraites, Robert F COL OTSG; Diniega, Dr. Benedict; Doyne, Holly
COL ARCENT-Kuwait Cmd Surgeon; Eader, Scott A CPT BJACH-Ft Polk; Erickson,
Ralph L COL USACHPPMEUR; Frye, Darrin L CPT DACH-FT HOOD; Gates, Kathy E LTC OTSG;
Gelnett, Jane Dr MAMC; Grabenstein, John D COL OTSG; Gum, COL Robert; Hack,
Dallas C COL WRAMC-Wash DC; Harris, Mark D MAJ USAMH; Hewitson, William C LTC
AMEDDCS; Hoffman, Kenneth J COL WRAMC- Wash DC; Hussey, Nora MAJ WBAMC;
Jacobson, Jon R CPT USACHPPM; Jang, Samuel S MAJ USACHPPM; Jones, COL David; Keenan,
COL Kevin; Keep, Lisa W LTC USUHS-Wash DC; Kingsbury, Jeffrey L LTC WAMC-Ft
Bragg; Kinty, Dr. Sheila; Klamerus, Steven D COL Commander FAHC; Knapp, Doris E
Ms USACHPPM; Kortepeter, Mark G LTC USAMRIID; Kramp, Richard W COL 18th
Medical Command; Krauss, Margot R COL WRAIR-Wash DC; Lee, Hee-Choon S LTC EAMC-PM;
Lewis, Michael D LTC USAMC-AFRIMS; Littell, Chris MAJ FSGA MEDDAC; Little,
Thomas N Dr GLWACH; Littlebird, Forrest D MAJ USAMC-AFRIMS; Littrell, Anthony C
MAJ USAMRIID; Ljaamo, Sven K COL GAHC-Ft Drum; Longfield, Jenice N COL BAMC-Ft
Sam Houston; Lovell, Mark A LTC USACHPPMEUR; MacIntosh, Victor H LTC WRAIR-Wash
DC; Madsen, James M COL USACHPPM; Magill, Alan J COL WRAIR-Wash DC; MAJ Lisa
Pearse (E-mail); Maliner, Beverly I COL USAMRICD; Mallon, Timothy M LTC
USACHPPM; Malone, Joseph L CAPT WRAIR-Wash DC; Mancuso, James D CPT USACHPPMEUR;
Martin, Gregory J MAJ GLWACH; Maza, John P MAJ 702nd MSB; McCord, Cedric F MAJ
EAMC; McDermott, Glenn D COL DHCS-Ft Belvoir; Mckenzie-Garner, Pearline V LTC
WRAMC-Wash DC; McNeil, John COL USAMRMC; Michaels, Kevin P LTC EAMC; Millikan,
Amy CPT WRAIR-Wash DC; Moore, Richard H LTC EAMC; Moore, Vincent P MAJ
USACHPPM; Mott, Robert L LTC WRAIR-Wash DC; Mukai, COL David; Nang, LTC Roberto;
Newsom, Robert J MAJ MACH; Niebuhr, David W LTC WRAIR-Wash DC; Novakoski, William
L. LTC., DHCS-FT Belvoir; Oliverson, Forrest W COL BAMC-Ft Sam Houston; Oronoz,
Joaquin F LTC BMACH; Paris, Robert M MAJ USAMC-AFRIMS; Parker, Michael E MAJ
USACHPPM; Pavlin, Julie A LTC WRAIR-Wash DC; Pederson, Charles L MAJ MAMC;
Pero, Robert T LTC USACHPPM; Perry, Cynthia L MAJ BAMC-Ft Sam Houston TX;
Petruccelli, Bruno P COL USACHPPM; Plotkin, Fredric R LTC USCENTCOM; Plummer, Andrew
D CPT USACHPPM; Porter, William D CPT WRAIR-Wash DC; Raymond, Matthew W COL
MEDDAC-AK; Repaci, Paul D Mr OTSG; Rice, William A LTC AMEDDCS; Roesel, Thomas R
Dr WRAMC-Wash DC; Rowe, LTC John; Rubertone, Mark V COL CHPPM-Wash DC;
Russell, Robert K MAJ TAMC; Scott, Brian G COL BAMC-Ft Sam Houston; Scott, Paul T
MAJ CHPPM-Wash DC; Shanks, Dennis G COL USACHPPM; Sheehan, James J MAJ
RACH-FtSill; Shuping, Eric E LTC WRAIR-Wash DC; Singer, Darrell E MAJ WRAIR-Wash DC;
Smith, Paul D COL OTSG; Smoak, Bonnie L COL WRAIR Wash-DC; Stanek, Scott A LTC
USAMRIID; Statz, William K LTC USAAMC; Stein, James J MAJ USAMW; Stikes, Henry
P COL LJAHC; Terrio, James, LTC; Thompson, Benjamin A LTC TAMC; Tobler, Steven
K MAJ WAMC-Ft Bragg; Underwood, Paula K COL OTSG; Vaeth, Mary F Dr WRAMC-Wash
DC; Vento, Todd J MAJ IACH; Wadding, James S MAJ DACH-Fort Hood; Wasserman,
Glenn M COL TAMC; Weg, Alden L MAJ MAMC; Wempe, John LTC(P) KUSHC-APG; Wieman,
Jason S MAJ MAMC; Wiesen, Andrew R LTC MAMC
Subject: DU policy

To All:

I just wanted to send this policy out, in case it had not yet made its way
through the normal channels.

Please take note of the three different levels of exposure. Essentially
Levels 1 and 2 require a 24 hour urine sample for DU bioassay.
If there is incidental exposure, that is a Level 3. If a SM still has
concerns, even though they have only an incidental exposure to DU, they can
request a 24 hour urine sample for DU bioassay.

P.K. Underwood
COL, MC
Preventive Medicine Staff Officer
Proponency for Preventive Medicine
Office of the Surgeon General
(703)-681-3160
DSN: 761

 

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