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‘Operation: Hidden Agenda’ an ethics teacher’s answer to U.S. military deck of Iraq’s most wanted
Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | June 23, 2003 | ROBYN MOORMEISTER

Posted on 06/29/2003 1:57:37 PM PDT by TankerKC

By ROBYN MOORMEISTER

Sentinel staff writer

This high school teacher doesn’t think the U.S. government is playing with a full deck.

So she’s printed up her own decks in an effort to prove it.

Available locally, the ‘‘Operation: Hidden Agenda" playing cards are Kathy Eder’s answer to the U.S. military’s distribution of its most wanted list card collection — the Bush administration’s unique and portable list of 55 wanted former Iraqi government officials.

Eder’s cards are a little different than George W.’s.

There are pictures of U.S. government officials, like the four of spades featuring Central Command Commander in Chief Tommy Franks, and quotes such as the one under his picture: "We don’t do body counts."

A grinning President George W. Bush graces the Ace of Spades card, accompanied by the caption "Dictator of the World."

Then there’s Eder’s favorite: the Ace of Clubs, or "Donald goes to Baghdad."

It’s a picture of U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and a synopsis of his 1983 trip to Baghdad as a special envoy to meet with Saddam Hussein and promote the contraction of a U.S.-sponsored pipeline:

"(The meeting) occurred the same day that the United States team confirmed that Saddam gassed Iranian troops," reads the card.

The back of every card shows Rumsfeld shaking Saddam’s hand during that visit.

Eder, who teaches the class ‘‘Morality and Social Justice’’ at Bellarmine, an all-boys Catholic high school in San Jose, says the idea for the cards came to her when her students insisted the war in Iraq was justified, but they couldn’t offer facts or reasons to back up their statements.

"This war was totally wrong and totally about greed," she said. "We were told lies the whole time."

The cards are a lesson in truth, she said.

"It became clear to me that I needed to do what I have always encouraged my students to do," Eder said, "use my life to try and make a difference in the lives of others."

She gathered information for her cards from The New York Times, the BBC, Mother Jones magazine, iraqbodycount.net, the San Jose Mercury News, the Washington Post and several other international news organizations and publications. Her sources are all cited on the cards.

The pictures are all courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense Web site.

She said her cards reflect the teachings of Catholicism, that "no war is justified."

Former Santa Cruz County Supervisor and outspoken conservative Marilyn Liddicoat is not amused.

"This is very unpatriotic," Liddicoat said. "I think it is very hostile to America to do this."

Liddicoat, also a former chair on the Santa Cruz County Board of Education, said she thinks Eder should be fired for brainwashing students.

"When I served on the board 20 years ago I could see how kids were being brainwashed by very liberal teachers," Liddicoat said.

Eder’s cards and opinions, she said, have the potential to inspire acts of terrorism.

But Eder — who borrowed $8,000 from her credit card for 3,000 decks of cards — said she was simply called upon by God to tell "the truth," as she sees it.

Eder, who said she doesn’t fear losing her job, said her students don’t know about the cards because school has let out for the summer.

She is marketing the cards on her Web site, www.operationhiddenagenda.com, and they are on sale at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Half of the proceeds from the cards, which sell for $9.95 per deck, will support veterans suffering from Desert Storm Syndrome, a medical condition suffered by Gulf War veterans characterized by headache, fatigue, fever, bleeding gums and skin rashes.

"I keep hearing that we should be supporting the troops," Eder said. "For me, this support also includes the troops who fought in Desert Storm."

Contact Robyn Moormeister at rmoormeister@santa-cruz.com


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I heard this lady on Michael Medved. She showed herself to be a complete idiot. She even said "$hit" twice on air and then spelled it. She was surprised that you couldn't say that on radio.
1 posted on 06/29/2003 1:57:37 PM PDT by TankerKC
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Operation Hidden Agenda Website
2 posted on 06/29/2003 2:00:20 PM PDT by TankerKC (Take the time it takes, so it takes less time.)
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To: TankerKC
She probably thought she was back in her classroom.
3 posted on 06/29/2003 2:00:30 PM PDT by ladylib
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To: TankerKC
As long as she doesn't pollute her class room, she should be free to do this.
4 posted on 06/29/2003 2:01:07 PM PDT by dennisw (G-d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: TankerKC
I heard this lady on Michael Medved.

Yeah, she was a pathetic specimen. Michael said it best we had indicated he was afraid of people like her, as teachers. Oh how true that is.

I spend some time in a VERY liberal newgroup on the net and all of the most radical members are....TEACHERS!!! Go figure.

5 posted on 06/29/2003 2:03:03 PM PDT by YoungKentuckyConservative
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To: dennisw
She teaches at a private school. If that's what parents want to pay for, fine with me.

She came of like a real moron though in her interview with Medved.

6 posted on 06/29/2003 2:04:58 PM PDT by TankerKC (Take the time it takes, so it takes less time.)
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To: dennisw
As long as she doesn't pollute her class room, she should be free to do this.

She is free to do it at home, but when she is doing it on paid time she can get fired.

7 posted on 06/29/2003 2:05:21 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: TankerKC
says the idea for the cards came to her when her students insisted the war in Iraq was justified, but they couldn’t offer facts or reasons to back up their statements.

Seems the kid's get it..

"This war was totally wrong and totally about greed," she said. "We were told lies the whole time."

According to who??? This out of the intelligence loop civics teacher

The cards are a lesson in truth, she said.

Her version of the world...... from her corner of the school playground.

8 posted on 06/29/2003 2:07:22 PM PDT by Dog (Charter member of the Baghdad Bob fan club.....)
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To: TankerKC

10 posted on 06/29/2003 2:11:42 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: sarcasm; Miss Marple; kattracks; piasa; Kathy in Alaska; Radix; Mama_Bear; RaceBannon
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12 posted on 06/29/2003 2:15:29 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Husker24
Harsh.

Incidentally, her comments on Just War were completely wrong. She's certainly not a spokesman for the Catholic Church.

13 posted on 06/29/2003 2:20:32 PM PDT by TankerKC (Take the time it takes, so it takes less time.)
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To: TomGuy
Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
Register.Com
Domain Registrar
575 8th Avenue - 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Why is the domain name registrar in New York rather than in California.
14 posted on 06/29/2003 2:23:15 PM PDT by ckilmer
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To: YoungKentuckyConservative
Her initial position on Medved was that no war since WWII has been just. Her justification for saying this was circular.
15 posted on 06/29/2003 2:23:15 PM PDT by TankerKC (Take the time it takes, so it takes less time.)
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To: TankerKC
Miss. Tinfoil Elder -->-->
16 posted on 06/29/2003 2:23:33 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: demlosers
Elder = Eder
17 posted on 06/29/2003 2:24:53 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: demlosers

X   I did not have sex...

18 posted on 06/29/2003 2:29:12 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: TankerKC
One of the greatest indicators that something is working from a [right-of-center] stand-point is a "parody" of the same by the Left. But the "parody" is usually "serious," and an indicator that the Left doesn't "get it" in the first place.
20 posted on 06/29/2003 2:31:57 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: TankerKC
Her initial position on Medved was that no war since WWII has been just. Her justification for saying this was circular.

Actually, WWII was very far from being just in the "Just War" concept. One of the basic tenets it violated was that unconditional surrender was the only stated outcome for the allies. You must be willing to negotiate terms to qualify for a just war.

I think the first Gulf War was a good example of a just war.

21 posted on 06/29/2003 2:32:30 PM PDT by TomB
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To: TankerKC
A sample of her work:


22 posted on 06/29/2003 2:33:46 PM PDT by optimistically_conservative
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To: ckilmer
Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
Register.Com
Domain Registrar
575 8th Avenue - 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Why is the domain name registrar in New York rather than in California.





Register.com, located in NY, is the service used to register this particular domain name. Register.com may also be hosting the website. Entrepeneurship.
23 posted on 06/29/2003 2:34:53 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: optimistically_conservative
Reminds me of Pelosi: We could have found a cheaper way to pull down that statue.

[They don't have a clue about the world.]
24 posted on 06/29/2003 2:37:05 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Dog
says the idea for the cards came to her when her students insisted the war in Iraq was justified, but they couldn’t offer facts or reasons to back up their statements

Seems the kid's get it..

And I'm willing to bet the students DID offer "facts or reasons to back up their statements".

25 posted on 06/29/2003 2:39:00 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: dennisw
As long as she doesn't pollute her class room, she should be free to do this.

Well, according to this story, she created the cards to aid in her classroom instruction, as she sees it.

As others have pointed out, it's a private school, but we are certainly free to mock her and point out the fallibility of her position.

26 posted on 06/29/2003 2:42:10 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: TomGuy
Great analogy! I used to get very frustrated when libs said and did things that were antithetical to a safe and successful America.

Of course, it seems that the ramifications of their anti-American positions have been bourne out to a significant majority of citizens since 2001 - and now consistently work against them.

At this point, I encourage such stupidity so it can be disseminated, discussed and held up as why RATs pose a threat to our society.

Now, it would be helpful if Pubs would act more conservatively in matters such as fiscal and immigration policy.
27 posted on 06/29/2003 2:43:55 PM PDT by optimistically_conservative
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To: ckilmer
Why is the domain name registrar in New York rather than in California.

That is the "technical contact." The technical contact goes to the people who host her web site. In this case, that is ipowerweb.netb(which is a very low cost IPP (Internet Presence Provider)).

28 posted on 06/29/2003 2:46:48 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon
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To: TankerKC
I didn't know this teacher had a lock on the truth.
29 posted on 06/29/2003 2:49:04 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: TomGuy
You are posting private information out here?

You might have just posted the e-mail. I think that that is abominable. You may not care for her opinions or methods, but posting that info is over the top in my opinion. I understand that anyone can get it, but you had to post it. Outrageous.

How would you like your personal information posted out here for any lunatic to find?
30 posted on 06/29/2003 3:05:21 PM PDT by Radix
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To: TankerKC

Our best and brightest are not at Harvard
Jewish World Review ^ | May 30, 2003 | Jack Kelly

"The college professors and students at prestigious universities who protested the war in Iraq imagine themselves to be America's best and brightest. They're not. America's best are those who are wearing the uniform of their country. We should be as proud of them as we are grateful to them. - Jack Kelly"

Silent No Longer: Iraqi People Reveal the Past
American Forces Press Service ^ | June 26, 2003 | Linda D. Kozaryn

Tales of Saddam's Brutality
[lengthy, graphic, White House websight]


31 posted on 06/29/2003 3:28:22 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl (There has been a lot of action lately-a lot of it INSTIGATED by Coalition forces.-Gen Myers, Jun 24)
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To: Radix
You are posting private information out here?

It is public information. Anyone who registers a website is required to give personal information (name, address, etc.). Once one signs up for a website, that information becomes public.

All you have to do is run that, or any other website, through whois.com and you will see who owns that domain name.

[Also, try typing your OWN name into a major searching engine. You might be surprised how much of YOUR OWN personal information is available on the web.]

I understand that anyone can get it, but you had to post it. Outrageous.

Sorry if you don't like it. That's life. The information is not private.
32 posted on 06/29/2003 3:30:06 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TankerKC
She is not patriotic, in my opinion.
33 posted on 06/29/2003 3:48:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: TomGuy
Well, I do not think much of this woman or her opinions. She does have the "right" to hold them. If she is set on indoctrinating her students with her BS then that issue should be addressed by the Administrators of her school.

As to the matter of something not being private.

Are you contending that because our privacy is constantly being violated and ignored by the Government and big Businesses that it is therefore OK for everyone to just ignore the privacy of others?

Personally, I would not have publicly posted information of a personal nature (such as home address and phone number) no matter how much I disagreed with someone on an issue.

I suppose that you might think that it is OK to be the very last person to do the Right thing. On the other hand we may just disagree. I will assume that that is the case.

We disagree.
34 posted on 06/29/2003 4:13:03 PM PDT by Radix
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To: TankerKC
Liberals go insane when out of power. Time to push them all over the edge. Donate big to the Republican party - just for fun.
35 posted on 06/29/2003 4:19:01 PM PDT by concerned about politics (Anti-American liberals are inbread Notsosmartso's.)
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To: cyncooper
The Jesuits would be proud of this broad, and the way things are going in the Church they might soon give her entree.

By the way, wasn't it Bellarmine who delivered the letter of church condemnation to Galileo?

36 posted on 06/29/2003 4:20:55 PM PDT by gaspar
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To: TankerKC
She gathered information for her cards from The New York Times, the BBC, Mother Jones magazine, iraqbodycount.net, the San Jose Mercury News, the Washington Post and several other international news organizations and publications. Her sources are all cited on the cards.

But their real origin is the Marxist handbook, of course.

37 posted on 06/29/2003 4:22:15 PM PDT by concerned about politics (Anti-American liberals are inbread Notsosmartso's.)
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To: TankerKC
Liddicoat, also a former chair on the Santa Cruz County Board of Education, said she thinks Eder should be fired for brainwashing students

Well....DUH! There should already be a vacancy by now! Those cards from the Bush Administration are for dead or alive ! This kook is advocating assination of our own leaders, and could be trying to get the students brainwashed enough to do it.

38 posted on 06/29/2003 4:29:15 PM PDT by concerned about politics (Anti-American liberals are inbread Notsosmartso's.)
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To: TankerKC
an ethics teacher

An ethics teacher? Isn't that the quintessential oxymoron?

39 posted on 06/29/2003 4:31:04 PM PDT by Mark17
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To: concerned about politics
Well....DUH! There should already be a vacancy by now! Those cards from the Bush Administration are for dead or alive ! This kook is advocating assination of our own leaders, and could be trying to get the students brainwashed enough to do it.

Just like those Hillary cards are advocating her assassination? Calm down just a bit...

40 posted on 06/29/2003 10:57:58 PM PDT by MaxPlus305
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To: TankerKC
<< .... a "medical condition" ... characterized by headache, fatigue, fever, bleeding gums and skin rashes. >>

And approximately 19,800 other "symptoms."
41 posted on 06/29/2003 11:08:00 PM PDT by Brian Allen ( Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: TankerKC
She got her information for the cards from the BBC, The New York Times? LOL
42 posted on 06/30/2003 12:27:18 AM PDT by Arpege92
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To: LindaSOG; Stand Watch Listen; One_American
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43 posted on 06/30/2003 2:47:38 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: FL_engineer; backhoe; seamole; Ernest_at_the_Beach; grimalkin
ping
44 posted on 06/30/2003 2:53:01 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: RIGHT IN SEATTLE; Jeff Head
ping
45 posted on 06/30/2003 2:54:03 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: TankerKC
Maybe this woman can be one of the first to be included on the Anti-Patriots version of the cards (in honor of Ann Coulter's book, Treason.)
46 posted on 06/30/2003 4:56:35 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze
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To: TankerKC
I needed to do what I have always encouraged my students to do," Eder said, "use my life to try and make a difference in the lives of others."

wow...Ms. Eders sounds like 'The Pig'.

47 posted on 06/30/2003 5:26:00 AM PDT by martin gibson
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To: TankerKC
When I remember my days in High School suffering through "Afro Asian Cultures" I am reminded there is nothing to fear.

The liberal education system tried to indoctrinate me and my friends into believing the third world is happyland full of african "kings" and arabian "princes" but we knew better. We knew the third world was populated by angry savages bent on our destruction.

The more they tried to heap this BS on us, the more we realized this was a pathetic attempt by liberals and other education department wieners to downgrade the USA. I've been suspicious of them ever since.

Bottom line, its hard to fool kids, many of them will draw the right conclusions, to watch out for the so-called educators. So don't worry.

48 posted on 06/30/2003 5:28:02 AM PDT by rageaholic
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To: TankerKC
Half of the money collected goes to these organizations (only 2 of them are veterans organizations).

There is no pie chart to show how much money goes to each organization:

50 % of the profits from the 'OPERATION: HIDDEN AGENDA' playing cards will support the following:

• US VETERANS DEALING WITH GULF WAR SYNDROME

• IRAQI MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE ENDURED YEARS OF SUFFERING

• THOSE PARTICIPATING IN PEACEMAKING AND RELATIONSHIP-BUILDING MISSIONS TO IRAQ

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(here are the groups they linked

Here is the Iraq subpage

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Weblink was a dead link.

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Troops were exposed to oil well fire pollution. Soldiers inhaled and ingested radiotoxic depleted uranium. Clouds of low-level chemical and biological warfare agents poisoned veterans. Others were sprayed with pesticides. Some were used as human guinea pigs to test vaccines and anti-nerve agent pills.

Tens of thousands of Gulf War veterans claim they are now ill as a result of their military duty. Some family members are also reporting illnesses. As the casualty count continues to sharply rise, and because the government is failing to investigate the causes or provide adeqate medical care, dozens of grassroots groups are forming to assist fellow veterans.

These grassroots groups are on the front lines providing assistance to veterans in the form of counseling and referrals. The NGWRC was created by these groups to serve their growing needs.

In an atmosphere of mutual support and teamwork, the organizations of the NGWRC have joined together to provide advocacy for health care and self help to those affected by the Gulf War.

Our current activities include:

Assistance organizing new groups.

Active media relations and guidance.

Distributing Self Help Guides.

Conducting research into the causes of the illnesses.

Providing testimony to Congress.

Our recent accomplishments include:

Leading the fight to pass landmark benefits legislation for Gulf War veterans in 1998.

Distributing more than 25,000 Gulf War Syndrome Self Help Guides. Our Guide offers information about health care, support groups, the types of toxic exposures, and the VA claim process. Our Guide helps veterans and families with information

Conducting research showing veterans were exposed to chemical warfare agents. This resulted in an admission by the Pentagon in June 1996 that some soldiers were exposed. By July 1997, the Pentagon admitted widespread exposures affecting up to 100,000 soldiers.

Conducting research regarding the radiotoxic effects of depleted uranium (DU), a nuclear waste by-product used as tank armor and tank rounds during the Gulf War. Tens of thousands of soldiers were exposed to DU in the Gulf War.

Our future plans include:

Expanding our assistance to new groups by providing them with media, legislative, and fundraising contacts.

Publishing and distributing more Self Help Guides.

Expanding our research into the causes of Gulf War illnesses, especially DU and chemical and biological warfare agents.

Expanding our education efforts directed at legislators regarding Gulf War illnesses.

Reaching out to minority and women veterans and family members.

Increasing our ability to travel so we may provide assistance to new groups as well as provide additional witnesses to testify before Congress.

Expanding our web site to more efficiently disseminate information. Our web site and mailing lists quickly spread important information to those who need it the most.

Increase our efforts to publicize Gulf War illnesses, especially through the media and through the Internet.

Holding Gulf War illness conferences each year to update those concerned.

The National Gulf War Resource Center serves as an umbrella organization representing the interests of and providing advocacy for sixty grassroots organizations in America and England.

Gulf War Veteran Resource Pages

The Gulf War Veteran Resource Pages FAQ

©1994-2001, by Grant Szabo All Rights Reserved.

Last Update: 10/06/99

This FAQ was created by Grant Szabo, Editor in Chief of the Gulf War Veteran Resource Pages, originally for distribution to subscribers of the Gulf War mailing list. The FAQ is updated periodically by Grant Szabo.

This FAQ may be distributed freely by interested parties as long as it is not edited and kept in this original form.

Q. Where can I write to get medals?

A. Visit U.S. National Archives & Records Administration

Q. What is the Gulf War Veteran Resource Pages (GWVRP)?

A. Located at http://www.gulfweb.org and founded in June, 1994, the GWVRP was the first site on the Internet to offer comprehensive information in support of Persian Gulf War Veterans.

Q. What kind of information is on the site?

A. The site features a comprehensive searchable document library covering all aspects of the war. The site is made up of information submitted by numerous Member Organizations who have united to support Gulf War Vets.

Additional Features include:

Photo Gallery

A comprehensive picture gallery displaying personal photographs submitted by Gulf War Veterans.

Tracings in the Sand: Read personal stories submitted by Gulf War Veterans that discuss their experience in the Gulf and their lives afterwards. We welcome additional submissions!

Discussion Forums:

Threaded discussion forums for discussing Gulf War related issues publicly.

Locator Database:

Search our locator database to find your friends from the war. Add your name so they can find you.

Q. Who administers the site?

A. The site is now in it's 8th full revision.

Grant Szabo founded the site in 1994. Jeff Beer joined Grant in helping with the site in 1995. In 1996 Grant and Jeff spent several months revising the site. During this revision, the site was completely redesigned. Allaire Cold Fusion was used to make the site dynamic, putting all content into a backed Microsoft Access database. As of October 1999, the site continues to use Microsoft Access 2000 and Cold Fusion.

Charles Sheehan-Miles, one time Executive Director of the National Gulf War Resource Center has acted for several years as our Content Editor. He is responsible for posting new articles to the site periodically.

Lee Stral worked as Managing Editor during part of 1995 and helped rewrite many of our documents. Lee also redesigned some of the site layout which comprised the 5th major revision of the site. Lee generously devoted his time and resources freely to the effort.

Q. How do I make suggestions or comments about the pages?

Use our Contact Form at http://www.gulfweb.org/contact.cfm

Q. How can I help maintain the pages?

A. You can let us know when you find new information and resources that would be good additions to the pages.

Q. I am suffering from Gulf War Syndrome and I need help, what do I do?

A. A partnership has been established between the GWVRP and the National Gulf War Resource Center called the Referral Network. After filling out this form, your comments are immediately emailed to the NGWRC. From here, your comments are printed out and faxed to a member GWVet organization near you -- hopefully in the same state as you reside. You can expect to hear from someone within 1 to 2 weeks after filling out the form. This person will call you at the phone number you list on the form.


49 posted on 06/30/2003 6:30:07 AM PDT by weegee
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To: TankerKC
Wasn't California supposed to have fallen into the ocean by now?
50 posted on 06/30/2003 6:41:21 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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