Who We AreThe Idaho Chapter of the Desert Storm Justice Foundation is a member of the Oklahoma based Desert Storm Justice Foundation. This Chapter was organized by David and Debra Smith of Lewiston Idaho in April of 1996, due to the lack of organized support f for Gulf vets in their community.
We became active in seeking recognition for Gulf War veterans issues after we had struggled to get David medical care from the Veterans Administration for almost three years. David was denied medical treatment even though he had been through the CCEP and was released with diagnosed and undiagnosed problems.
Those in our group represent all branches of the military and spouses. We are joined at times by a professor from a close university. Our group is well known in our community and enjoy their support for our fundraising projects.
What We DoBesides offering a local network of support for the many problems our veterans and families face daily, we have embarked on a campaign to educate our communities, state and nation of Gulf War veterans issues. We have been successful in fundraising which allowed us to send three of our group to speak before the Presidential Advisory Committee when it met in Seattle, Washington. Two of our veterans have received national attention from CBS News and Montel Williams Show. We have been featured in USA TODAY, Gannet News Service, American Legion Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Idaho Spokesman, Lewiston Morning Tribune, and Family Circle Magazine. Local news stories, and an award winning 30 minute documentary by KREM 2 News in Spokane, Washington have featured our vets and families. David and Debra Smith appear in an documentary under production in Denver. This will be our second year to have an exhibit at the county fair. A large amount of donated gifts allowed for a successful raffle and we had almost 40 people sign up for our mailing list. The funds of the raffle were used to help a Gulf veteran and his family retain electrical service. We are always present at any function honoring veterans and participate in Memorial and Veteran's Day Services. We have been asked to be the Color Guard for a Salute to the Military organized by Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth. Many of our veteran members are also members of the American Legion, VFW and DAV. Our State Commander, David Smith, will be initiated as the First Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 13 in June and is a life member of the DAV. He has addressed the state convention of the American Legion and State Service Officer School. David testified before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs on February. He was recently rated service connected for his illnesses and is receiving treatment and compensation from the Veterans Administration.
The National Headquarters for the Desert Storm Justice Foundation Erica Lundholm Denise Nichols
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