82 year old WW2 Navy veteran speaks out against Depleted Uranium
Presented at a workshhop at the VETERANS FOR PEACE national
convention August 15, 2007, in St. Louis
I am Bud Deraps, an 82 year old WW2 Navy veteran and member of Veterans For
Peace and Military Families Speak Out. I now spend all of my time researching,
writing and speaking on the subject of Depleted Uranium under the title,"
What Are We Doing To Our Own Loved Ones?"
You have just viewed Poison Dust and so you are now familiar with the
informed beliefs of several internationally recognized nuclear scientists with
respect to the short and long term effects of (DU) on human beings exposed to
it on the battlefield and in the air they breathe.
Please let me share with you what I learned when I visited Iraq in 2001 with
the Veterans for Peace Iraq Water Project. A major purpose of our trip was to
visit sewer polluted water plants in the Basra area which were being rebuilt in
part with VFP funds. We also spent time looking at other public
institutions, in particular hospitals, where I saw for myself the misery and
devastation our weapons and sanctions had caused. For example, we visited the
Basra Children's Hospital where we saw rooms and hallways overflowing with
children seriously ill from drinking polluted water. Many more were dying from
leukemia and other cancers. The doctors said they would all surely die there
because they could not obtain the many medicines needed due to the sanctions.
We stood in the midst of this disaster feeling stunned, ashamed, and entirely
You may wish to briefly stop the following pictures for further viewing. The
doctors gave us dozens of photos of extremely deformed babies. Here is just one
sample of the thousands born in Iraq since the Gulf War. They were convinced
the babies were the result of exposure of either parent to DU.(PICTURE)
Prior to the current war, the Birth Defect Research for Children based in
Florida produced a study showing 31 specific birth defects that radiation and
other Gulf War exposures could cause in birth defects. They found that the Gulf
veterans parented on average 2 to 4 times more defected babies than those who
had not served there.(PICTURE)
The Medical Journal of the Basra hospital reported that from 1991 to 2001,
there was an increase of 426% in general malignancies, 366% in leukemia’s
and 600% in birth defects. With respect to birth defects, the doctors explained
that when a person becomes DU contaminated, his or her DNA can be altered,
thus, the person is potentially subject to parenting a child with minor to
extreme birth anomalies.
Here is a US Veterans Administration Health chart of over 630 thousand
veteran illnesses that have occurred from fiscal year 2002 through Aug.
Lung CA is our #1 cancer killer in the nation, claiming more lives than
breast, prostate, colon, kidney, melanoma , and liver cancers combined.
In Jan. 2006, the Lung Cancer Alliance issued a study on government
funding for lung cancer research. They revealed that underfunding had kept
survival rates as low as in 1971 while improving on all the others. The Dept.
of Defense spent$33M from 1999 to 2004 with just $2.1M in 2005 for research.
The Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) budget for 2005 included ZERO for lung
cancer research while spending $204M for breast and cervical cancer. Does this
tell us something about their concern?
We have learned that DU was first used in our 1991 Gulf War and that
inhalation is the major cause of DU contamination. It has long been believed
that it takes 10 years of more for lung cancer to form from smoking. The NY Sun
reported in an Aug. 6, 2007 article that there are increasing cancer cases
being found in US troops that have served in the Gulf for as few as 2 to 3
years. For example, 40 year old Army chaplain Fran Sturart served in Iraq for a
year after Mar. 2003. In Mar. 2006, she had a rare form of ovary germ cell
cancer seen only before in teen age girls. Army Sgt. Lauderdale went to Kuwait
in Jan. 2005. By the end of Mar. they found he had Stage 2 cell cancer of the
mouth and tongue. Taken to Walter Reed on April 1, a doctor there said he had
seen a 21 year old just back from Iraq with a similar cancer. Lauderdale, 59,
died at Reed on July 14, 2006. a year and a half after arriving in Kuwait.
Currently, the State Dept. Web says the US military cites four separate
studies by NATO, the Rand Corp. the European Commission and the World Health
Org- that found NO evidence of adverse health effects from Depleted
It is reported that we used over 320 tons of DU weapons in the brief Gulf
War and over 2000 tons in the years 2003 and 04 alone. Massive bombings
continue to this day.
The Iraq environment minister confirms 350 sites DU contaminated by heavy
bombing, saturating much of that destroyed nation. Frequent sand storms,
helicopter take-offs and landings carry the deadly dust size ceramic particles
aloft where they are being spread far and wide. Counting the Gulf and our
present wars, we have had well over a million troops, contract and government
workers cycle in and out of the region, many on their 4th tour, all possibly DU
We may soon be facing a cancer and birth defect epidemic here.
Do you ever wonder why so many of our veterans are returning home
emotionally devastated? Let us see what they have experienced. NEJM
Far too many of our loved ones are coming home to a disabled life of
joblessness, homelessness, alcohol, drugs, suicide, homicide and some to
I am proposing to leaders of congress that they consider and pass
legislation that will offer early prenatal screening to any military family
where one or more of them have served in the Gulf region from 1991 until these
current wars are ended.
Heat not a furnace for your foe, so hot, that it do singe
Wm. Shakespeare, 1612
314 645 0883
6605 Clayton Ave. #203
St. Louis, Mo. 63139
Bud lost his youngest grandson, a Marine, in Iraq in May, 2006