Tom Trefts, Austintown Member Since August 2008 Artist Statement __________________________________________
I am a disabled Gulf War Era USAF Veteran. After many years of health problems following the war, I gradually realized that I may have been adversely affected by my military work as a jet engine mechanic and flight line refueling specialist when working with A-10 Thunderbolt or " Warthogs" as they are affectionately known throughout the service.
I found this out while watching a news special in 2003 featuring author Gary Matsumoto who was being interviewed about his new book at the time called " VACCINE A " about the health problems and deaths of service members and veterans who had been given tainted lots of the experimental anthrax vaccine. It turns out that the simple oil & water mixture using squalene oil confuses the body into creating an autoimmune response which attacks similar oils in the body of many of the personel who have been vaccinated. These oils reside in the spine and brain for the mot part and may explain the wide variety of diseases and symptoms which have been lumped together under the heading of " Gulf War Syndrome" or "Gulf War Illness".
Other factors for Gulf War Illness which I have extensively studied include JP-8 jet fuel, depleted uranium, insecticides, lead basd paints, solvents, jet engine fumes, and chemical weapons residue from SCUD missles on our planes, soldiers, & equipment as well as fallout from huge chemical weapons facilities that we blown up in IRAQ during the first Gulf War.
I am happily married with three step-sons and two daughters and operate a group of high quality t-shirts and gift shops in my spare time. I would like to list them here in case you should have time to look them over and see for yourself the many options that you can purchase of even one image. In most cases, a picture of your choosing can be imprinted on anything from framed tiles, to car magnets, to blankets, window curtains, area rugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, custom women's apparel, jogging outfits, photo print shower curtains and hundreds of other premium and personalized clothing and best selling gifts.
In this capacity as veteran advocate I have been tireless in getting out information to other veterans and citizens about the hazards that our soldiers face just from being in the service, let alone anything that may await them on the battlefield. Our VA medical system looks fine and dandy from the outside, but is adversarial in nature and is run by knuckleheads who are paid hansomely to make sure that many of us never receive our rightful benefits during our own lifetimes.
Thomas W. Trefts Director of The Unified Veterans Coalition
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