"What we're looking at is a biological weapon," said Joyce Riley (website: gulfwarvets.com) about Gulf War Illness (GWI) in her appearance on Monday night's show. She believes GWI is a communicable disease, with not only spouses and children in families of veterans coming down with symptoms, but their pets as well. Riley, an impassioned speaker, is a nurse who served as a captain in the Gulf War. "We're looking at an astronomical figure," Riley said estimating that as many as 400,000 veterans have some symptoms of GWI.
Whether it was our government that was experimenting on the troops with vaccines, or exposure in the Gulf to depleted uranium or biological/chemical weapons, Riley feels "that what is going on in our military is an abomination," because they have not taken responsibility for this devastating illness. "It is treason to abandon them," she exclaimed. Typical symptoms include joint pains, slurred speech, weakness and rashes, but in some cases brain damage and death have also occurred. Riley discussed how a number of Gulf War vets are on death row or in prison, having become violent upon their return, which she suspects may be due to chemical exposure from the war.
Riley, also warned that the military may be trying to develop "super soldiers." "DARPA would like to have a very aggressive militaryâ€¦with a goal of having soldiers that do not need to eat or sleep for up to 5-7 days," she said. Synthetic adrenaline and implanted biochips were two areas she said they were experimenting with.