Gulf War Syndrome
by Lisa M Tidrow
Friday, July 26, 2002
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Gulf War Syndrome
They say thereís no such thing.
They say Gulf War Syndrome,
just isnít real.
But they canít explain my sickness.
They canít explain my memory loss.
They canít explain my dizziness!
How do you explain it then?
I am only 32 and I have Lou Gehrig's disease.
Donít look at me that way!
You donít have to drop any money in my pot,
But you have no right to look at me that way.
I fought for our nation,
I fought so we could remain free,
And all I got in return was pain and poverty.
I used to be like youÖ.
A wife, kids, a house - the American dream right?
Beware, the dream is a fragile thing, susceptible to blight..
It cracked for me when I first started losing my balance,
and then it shattered when the Lou Gehrigís came on.
The army, who I fought for so valiantly,
wouldnít admit the reality of the Gulf War Syndrome,
so I get no pay from them, I cannot maintain my home.
The best thing I could do for my family,
was to leave so they could get on with life.
So here I am forced to beg on the streets,
people either look at me like Iím a dog,
or worse, they just wonít look at me.
Like I donít existÖ..
You, who sat in your cushy office,
while I risked my life.
What right do you have to hold me in contempt?
I hear you laugh to your friend,
and call me a downíníout.
Well, I may be down but by God Iím not out!
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|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|GWS is real...powerful, intense, sad write...i can understand your anger...because i've felt it, too...as one who served in the air force 20 years ago, and still suffers from back injuries, they say it's all in my head...i have an anger problem, they say...tiredtiredtired of all the bull...(((HUGS))) and thank you for writing this courageous piece...*salute* and (((HUGS))) and love, karla. :(|
|Reviewed by B Thomas Daniels
How long did it take them to admit the affects of Agent Orange or even the affects of the nuclear testing on the army troops in Nevada. I also have this "Non-existant" syndrome maybe sometime before I die they will admit.
|Reviewed by Paul Bright (Reader)
|depleted uranium is a beeotch. HOw could that NOT cause anything? I met a guy with GWS. It's real|
|Reviewed by Dennis Michels
|Your name may be forgotten, but your blood will forever remain on the altar of freedom.