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The Cries Of A Mother’s Heart – By Lonnie D. Story

I would like to introduce author, Lonnie D. Story, a US Army Veteran, thorough researcher and passionate writer. We became acquainted when I began blogging about Depleted Uranium(DU) weapons and Dustin Brim. Lonnie has written and is waiting to publish “Without a Shot Fired: The Dustin Brim Story” and is currently best known for his book The Meeting of Anni Adams: The Butterfly of Luxembourg. I hope his article below touches you, enrages you and empowers you to demand answers.

THE CRIES OF A MOTHER’S HEART
By Lonnie D. Story (Copyright, 2009)
Ft. Valley, Georgia

“Dear Lonnie I read your story on Dustin Brim. And my heart cried out- Finally someone is talking about the way my son and others died. My son SGT. Jason Henderson was also a mechanic on humvees, serving his 2nd tour. When he became sick in kuwait. They told him he just had heartburn. This went on for 3 months till they finally sent him to Germany where they diagnosed him with stage 4 cancer. After sending him to Walter Reed. I noticed the entire 7th floor is full of soldiers sent there from Iraq with cancer … The Doctors at Walter Reed said we must have cancer in the family, We do not!!!!  After three weeks of tests they sent my son home to die.  I just could not believe this was happening to my son who was very healthy before this. Jason was always very concerned about living a healthy lifestyle. He never drank or smoked. He was devoted to martial arts winning awards in army Tae Kwon Do tournaments, and kickboxing. We wanted a second opinion so we took Jason to Stanford Medical center. It was there that the Chief oncologist told us he “Had never seen a case so advanced ” And that this was without a doubt chemical exposure…
we were told there was nothing we could do but they offered chemo anyway. Jason was a fighter so started chemo treatments. My son lasted only 4 more months. On July 20th 2005 We lost our battle to save our wonderful son. Two months later my husband died. I need to find a way to help other parents by trying to stop anymore deaths from DU…  Thank you for listening. Heartbroken mother, Jana Bell”

There are a lot of things we endure in life, in fact, it is written in the Bible, in the words of Jesus:  Mathew 24:13,14  “But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved, and this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all nations, and then the end shall come.” For many years of my life I had heard that message preached and taught as if it were saying that once the Gospel (the good news of Christ’s salvation offer) was preached to the ends of the earth that the end would come; the return of the Messiah.  One day, many years ago, I picked up my bible and read that passage again and it leaped off the page to me.  The statement starting in vs. 13 and then continuing into vs. 14 with a very important key; the conjunction “And..”  then the word “This..”  This gospel, what gospel, or “good news” as the word implies “shall be preached to the whole world?  The good news that the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved,…  That was a very life-impacting statement to me personally.  It was the message of endurance.  The message that most people don’t want to hear, and that is something I can understand.  Who truly likes to “endure” things?  The mere mention of the word endurance elicits thoughts of pain, suffering and hidden fears.  Another statement by Jesus was that “he who endures…on account of my name.” referring to great reward is a promise of not only assurance, but, reassurance.  This being said, certainly endurance does have many rewards, honors and even pleasures in the end.  What success is there without much endurance, in most cases?

Nonetheless, there are some things that just don’t seem to fit.  In fact, some things are not meant to be endured.  These are the things that fall under the label of Unjust, Illegal, Corrupt, Evil, Wrong, Ungodly and Fruitless.  Sufferings such as hunger, poverty, sickness and disease are things we as the human race must often endure no matter one’s opinion on the justice of that fact.  However, in the aforementioned, Unjust, Corrupt, Evil, etc., these endurances do not result in reward for the person afflicted, rather it is pain, heartache and suffering unimaginable.  For Jana, in the letter above, the reader can, if they truly have a heart, feel some of the pain and sorrow.  Personally, it was heart-wrenching and re-ignited a fire in me that has been burning for a long time.  It isn’t the first, nor will it be the last, time that I receive such correspondence.  As I continue down this path set before me, I continue to pray and seek guidance that somehow, someway and by God’s grace and mercy, maybe soon, this gospel will be preached to the ends of the world.  The gospel I preach:  “He who hears the cries of a mother’s heart will listen, learn and love and cease from all wrong and evil doing.  He who hears the cry of a mother’s heart will be broken in heart themselves and share the burden, share the load and strive to change things so that our children’s children will not hear that same cry anymore.”

I know it is altruistic and sounds wonderful, soothing and yet, highly improbable or even impossible, but, I draw from that gospel, preach that gospel and one by one, I trust some do hear and make changes.  In our political world today, many people have heard that word a lot and it has brought a renewed global hope.  Just maybe, someone will read this article and the excerpt below and be moved to action to stop, at least, this one unnecessary evil.  Stop the cries of the heart’s of many other mothers yet to be heard before they happen.  In doing so, we must first and foremost, stop our government from using depleted uranium on our own troops, innocent lives and remove this poison from our weapons of war and from our planet.  We must stop the media from ignoring the cries of the hearts of these mothers that already exist.  Stop the talk shows from ignoring our pleas, unstop the ears of the public and move on, press forward to enlighten, educate and liberate while it is not too late.  Listen once more, one more time.  Listen closely as you read this excerpt from my manuscript, the yet unpublished book “Without A Shot Fired:  The Dustin Brim Story” hear this mother’s cry.

“On September 24, 2004, Lori walked the hallways at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for the last time.  Her face was swollen and puffy.  Her eyes red and blurred.  Her speech was hindered, halting and shaky.  Her body trembled uncontrollably through to the tips of her reddened hands.  Hands that had been gripped all night in a clasp of prayers.  Prayers that she could no longer pray.  A decision had come and it would be far from her hopes, pleadings and tears.  There wasn’t any more reason to go on like this, no more needles, no more chemicals, no more tests, no more pain and no more suffering.  Not for herself, but, for her son.  It was time to let Dustin go.

As Lori approached the room, a darkness fell all around her.  She could no longer see the lights in the hallway.  She no longer felt the cool air breezing through or sense the presence of the other travelers down this pathway.  No doctors, no nurses, no friends or family were noticed, her mind had taken hold of her decision, hers alone and all other things outside and around were frozen out, cast into utter darkness.

Lori’s hands pushed the door open as she entered the room and she took one more deep breath to steel herself to do the impossible; the most painful, indescribable decision she had ever made or ever would have to make in her life.  She had come into this room to tell her only son, the son she loved more than life itself, the son that she had given birth to with so much joy and hope only 22 short years before; this son, her son, her Dusty, her angel, she had to tell him to let go, stop fighting, all the opposites of the things she had told him for the past six months. Here she was, with this unbearable truth; she had to tell her own son it was time to die.

As cruel as that may sound, it was a mother’s plea, a mother’s cry from her heart to stop the pain.  Stop the suffering of her only child.  It wasn’t fair and it wasn’t good, it was time to end the battle.  A battle lost on the battlefield of a hospital that started on the battlefields of a far off place in the Middle East called Iraq.  The battlefields where her son, this son, her Dusty had succumbed to a poisonous evil brought about by no war of her choosing nor of her child.  It was a war brought by others and for their own reasons, good or bad.

Dustin was only a part of it, a small part to most and many; but that too would change in the near future.  But here in this room, here and now, Dustin was hearing his final orders.  No longer the instructions of those that commanded him while serving in the Army, serving his country, serving in Iraq, serving his fellow soldiers, this command was from the voice he had known all his life.  The voice he loved, the voice that always brought assurances, peace, consolation and unselfish, unconditional love.  This voice was whispering in his ear and he recognized it, knew it, believed it and understood, as sad as it was, it was right.

“Dustin, let go, honey.  Dustin, don’t fight anymore, baby.  Go home.  Go home to Jesus.  Your going to heaven now, baby, mommy will see you soon.  Be at rest, sweetheart.  Rest now, Dustin.  Go on ahead, son.  Don’t fight it anymore.  I love you, baby.  Mommy loves you so, so very much.  Honey, let go.”

And, with those words, that morning of September 24, 2004, Dustin Michael Brim, breathed his last breath.  He relented, he relaxed and rested.  He had lost the battle, the battle he had fought so hard and so bravely.  Not a battle in Iraq or any other place, but, a battle within his own body, a war against death and it was lost.  It was over, at least, for Dustin and for Lori.  For all the people that knew him and loved him, this battle was over, the war was ending in surrender to death.  One thing remained; a commitment.  Lori’s swearing oath to her son and herself:  Dustin’s death will not be the death of his memory or his life lived.  Dustin’s death would not be in vain.  This never had to happen.  It should not have happened and no other mother should have to cry the tears she cried, feel the pain Dustin endured nor fight this unnecessary and cruel conflict.  If it had been a bullet or a bomb, Lori would have somehow understood.  Maybe there could have been a little more peace, a little more closure.  Instead, she was robbed.  She was emotionally raped and murdered along side her son.

What had happened to Dustin, in all her heart she believed, was all from wrongdoing, evil and unjust.  Her son was poisoned by something on that battlefield in Iraq and she would not rest until she got answers. Months earlier a nurse had told her secretively and at her own peril, to look into the subject of depleted uranium on the Internet. Now, with Dustin at rest and gone, she would re-ignite her determination to find the answers to the mystery.  The mystery of some previously unheard of stuff called depleted uranium.

For now though, there was only one thing left in this world; her wounded, battered, beaten and sullen heart.  A heart that had no place to turn, no place to heal.  She simply sat by the bed, having leaned over with her final words to her son, she sat and cried.  She sat silently sobbing.  Crying all the pain out from her heart.  A broken heart never to know true joy and peace on earth again.

Down the hall, that day, and in days to come, many more mothers would cry the same tears and their hearts, too, would yield their souls to anguish.  From that floor filled with cancer patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center there would lift an echo.  Around the world the echo would lift and unite, an echo that needed to pierce the hearts and minds of those that played a part in so much pain and misery.  Each reaching out and pleading to anyone and everyone that would listen, listen to the cry of a mother’s heart.” (END)

My personal thanks to Lonnie D. Story for this contribution. As a mom….I just cried and cried.

Ms Sparky

Israel denies Gaza munitions had depleted uranium

(If depleted uranium weapons are not a hazard to the health of soldiers and civilians, then why would Israel have to deny their use?)

By IAN DEITCH – 01/20/2009

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday denied allegations it used depleted uranium munitions in Gaza, accusing the Arab nations that made the report of “particularly poor propaganda.”

On Monday, Arab nations asked the International Atomic Energy Agency to investigate reports that uranium traces were found in victims of Israeli shelling during the three-week campaign against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

“This is a particularly poor propaganda spin,” Yigal Palmor, spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said Tuesday. “These accusations have been raised in the past many times and have been proven groundless each time by independent investigators.”

Similar allegations were raised after the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Investigations found no proof depleted uranium munitions were used.

In a letter to the IAEA on behalf of Arab ambassadors accredited in Austria, Prince Mansour Al-Saoud, the Saudi Ambassador, had expressed “our deep concern regarding the information … that traces of depleted uranium have been found in Palestinian victims.”

The letter urgently requested IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei to “carry out a radiological and physical assessment in order to verify the presence of depleted uranium in the weaponry used by Israel … in the Gaza Strip.”

The letter — which spoke of “medical and media sources” as the origin of its allegations — appeared to be alluding to health concerns related to depleted uranium but the effects of exposure to the substance are unclear.

An IAEA article on the issue says that while the substance “is assumed to be potentially carcinogenic … the lack of evidence for a definite cancer risk in studies over many decades is significant and should put the results of assessments in perspective.”

Still, says the article, “there is a risk of developing cancer from exposure to radiation emitted by … depleted uranium. This risk is assumed to be proportional to the dose received.”

Depleted uranium makes shells and bombs harder and increases their penetrating power. The U.S. and NATO have used uranium-depleted rounds in Bosnia and Iraq.

According to the World Health Organization, the weapons are lightly radioactive.

Researchers have suspected depleted uranium may be behind a range of chronic symptoms suffered by veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War. Some of the symptoms include memory and thinking problems, debilitating fatigue, severe muscle and joint pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches and rashes.

Arabs: Israel ammo in Gaza had depleted uranium

VIENNA, Austria – Arab nations accused Israel on Monday of blasting Gaza with ammunition containing depleted uranium and urged the International Atomic Energy Agency to investigate reports that traces of it had been found in victims of the shelling.

In a letter on behalf of Arab ambassadors accredited in Austria, Prince Mansour Al-Saoud, the Saudi Ambassador, expressed “our deep concern regarding the information … that traces of depleted uranium have been found in Palestinian victims.”

A final draft of the letter was made available to The Associated Press on Monday. It urgently requested IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei to “carry out a radiological and physical assessment in order to verify the presence of depleted uranium in the weaponry used by Israel … in the Gaza Strip.”

Officials at the Israeli mission to the IAEA said they were in no position to comment without having seen the letter.

IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming confirmed receipt of the letter and said a response might be issued later in the day.

The letter — which spoke of “medical and media sources” as the origin of its allegations — appeared to be alluding to health concerns related to depleted uranium but the effects of exposure to the substance are unclear.

An IAEA article on the issue says that while the substance “is assumed to be potentially carcinogenic … the lack of evidence for a definite cancer risk in studies over many decades is significant and should put the results of assessments in perspective.”

Still, says the article, “there is a risk of developing cancer from exposure to radiation emitted by … depleted uranium. This risk is assumed to be proportional to the dose received.”

It is not the first time Israel has been accused of using ordnance containing depleted uranium, which makes shells and bombs harder and increases their penetrating power. The Israeli army declined comment. But the U.S. and NATO have used uranium-depleted rounds in Bosnia and Iraq.

According to the World Health Organization, the weapons are lightly radioactive, though “under most circumstances, use of DU will make a negligible contribution to the overall natural background levels of uranium in the environment.”

But researchers have suspected depleted uranium may be behind a range of chronic symptoms suffered by veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War. Some of the symptoms include memory and thinking problems, debilitating fatigue, severe muscle and joint pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches and rashes.

Syria, which is being investigated by the Vienna-based agency for alleged secret nuclear activities, says traces of uranium found by IAEA experts at a site bombed by Israel jets Sept. 6, 2007 likely came from bombs or missiles used by the Israelis.

The Israelis have denied using such weaponry in that raid, and on Monday two diplomats accredited to the IAEA and familiar with its Syria investigations told the AP that the agency has virtually ruled out Israeli munitions as the source of the uranium. They asked for anonymity for discussing confidential information.

The IAEA investigation is based in part on intelligence from the U.S., Israel and a third, unidentified country, alleging that the bombed site was a nearly completed nuclear reactor built with North Korean help and meant to produce plutonium — which can be used as the payload of nuclear weapons.

The uranium traces were revealed by an analysis of environmental samples collected by IAEA experts during a visit to the site, in a remote part of the Syrian desert. Since that initial trip in June 2008, Syria has refused or deflected requests for follow up inspections both to the site and others allegedly linked to it.

So, I Ask Again…Why Is The U.S. Still Using Depleted Uranium Weapons?

Here’s an article I pulled from a Middle Eastern newspaper. And I ask AGAIN, Why are we still using depleted Uranium weapons? And, why isn’t the media in the US covering this depleted uranium (DU) weapons issue? It seems to be a concern in other countries.

IAEA urged to probe Israeli ammo
Mon, 19 Jan 2009 20:48:37 GMT

Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip during a 22-day war against the populated area

Arab nations have called on the IAEA to launch an investigation into reports that Israel used depleted uranium ammunitions against Gaza.

In a letter on behalf of Arab ambassadors accredited in Austria, Saudi Arabia’s envoy to Vienna Prince Mansour Al-Saoud called on International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to investigate traces of uranium that had been found in the victims of the Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

A final draft of the letter urged the IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei to “carry out a radiological and physical assessment in order to verify the presence of depleted uranium in the weaponry used by Israel … in the Gaza Strip,” The Associated Press reported Monday.

We express “our deep concern regarding the information … that traces of depleted uranium have been found in Palestinian victims,” read the letter.

In an earlier report, Norwegian medics told Press TV that some of the victims who have been wounded or killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza have traces of depleted uranium in their bodies.

At least 1,300 people, including more than 400 children, have been killed in Israel’s three-week-long unilateral war against the costal strip.

IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming confirmed that UN’s nuclear watchdog has received the letter, saying a response might be issued later in the day.

Regarding the uranium ammunition, an IAEA article read that “There is a risk of developing cancer from exposure to radiation emitted by … depleted uranium. This risk is assumed to be proportional to the dose received.”

Israel had also been accused of using other banned arms including phosphorus bombs and cluster ammunitions against the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

SB/MMN

Depleted Uranium Weapons Kill US Soldiers In Iraq

While doing research on the burn pits and Depleted Uranium (DU)weapons, this article was sent to me. Unbelievable. How many people…soldiers and civilians have been exposed to depleted Uranium in Iraq and Afghanistan. Any soldier or civilian that worked on tanks or other vehicles that used DU weapons or that had been hit by DU weapons are at risk. Any soldier or civilian that went into an area where one of these weapons was detonated is at risk. How many KBR employees and soldiers have contracted some form of cancer and don’t know why. This is another damn Chrom-6 cover-up!!!

I think it is time for Congress to call for an all out medical assessment on every person that has gone to Iraq and Afghanistan. This is damn ridiculous that that we have to find out about this through the damn rumor mill! Not to mention soldiers and their families are being denied benefits. I am disgusted with the total disregard the military shows for our soldiers and civilians. Where is the damn CID!! A crime has been committed. If anyone has information, memo’s, emails, safety bulletins regarding depleted uranium exposure. Email me.

Depleted Uranium Kills Indiscriminately

Dustin Brim, 21, of Daytona Beach, Florida, in Iraq in February 2004. Within two months Dustin would be severely afflicted with massive cancerous tumors that would prevent him from breathing and eating normally. Within seven months he would succumb to lymphoma at Walter Reed Hospital, age 22, a completely unnecessary and very tragic death from depleted uranium poisoning.

by Christopher Bollyn
American Free Press
January 29, 2006

ORMOND BEACH, Florida – An alarmingly high percentage of U.S. military personnel who have served in Iraq have been afflicted by a variety of health problems commonly known as Gulf War Syndrome. Exposure to uranium spread through the use of depleted uranium (DU) weapons is thought to be the primary cause of the high rate of chronic ailments and mortality among Gulf War vets.

While initial casualties from the first U.S. invasion of Iraq were light, long-term casualties from the 1991 war ultimately exceeded 30 percent, according to Terrell E. Arnold, former Chairman of the Department of International Studies at the National War College. The long-term casualty rate from the current war in Iraq, Arnold says, is likely to be much higher.

Official statistics of killed and wounded from the 15-year long war against Iraq do not reflect the veterans whose service-related injuries only become apparent after they return from Iraq. The official death rate of those killed and wounded in Iraq does not include these vets, many of whom suffer slow and painful deaths as a direct result of their service. Dustin Brim was one of them.

Lori Brim lost Dustin, her only child, when he died at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington at the age of 22 on Sept. 24, 2004, after a six-month battle with what was eventually diagnosed as Non-Hodgkins Diffuse Large Cell B Type Lymphoma. When Mrs. Brim asked the doctors how her young, healthy, strong son had contracted cancer all they would say was “bad luck”.

Her caseworker and nurses at the hospital were more forthcoming with information. At different times during the six months nurses would take Mrs. Brim aside and urge her off the record to do some research on DU.

Asked whose idea it was for Dustin to join the Army in summer 2002, Mrs. Brim said, “It was mine.”

As a single mother, Mrs. Brim had approached an Army recruiter out of concern for the well-being of her son. She thought the Army would be good for her son by giving him some discipline and direction.

Dustin had not wanted to join the Army, his mother said. But Dustin was never meant to be in a war zone, she added. The U.S. Army recruiter had promised her, that as her only child, he would not be sent to war.

Mechanically inclined, Dustin became an Army mechanic, an E-4 specialist serving in the 1st Maintenance Company under the 541st Maintenance Battalion from Fort Riley, Kan., and was deployed to Iraq in August 2003.

Dustin’s work in Iraq involved working on disabled Army vehicles, including tanks, which his unit repaired and retrieved, or if damaged beyond repair, destroyed with explosives on the spot. Most of these vehicles, having been in the battlefield, would have been heavily laden with DU and other toxins.

Dr. Doug Rokke, former director of the U.S. Army’s Depleted Uranium Project, said that mechanics like Dustin are not properly prepared or protected to be working on DU contaminated vehicles.

Mrs. Brim said that her son had not even been equipped with a pair of gloves, let alone a mask or protective garb. The Army’s failure to inform and instruct its personnel about the dangers of DU exposure is one of Rokke’s main concerns.

At Christmas 2003, Dustin surprised his parents with a visit home. It was the last time Mrs. Brim would see her son in a healthy condition. A photo of Dustin taken in Iraq in February 2004 shows him smiling and strong.

In early March, however, Dustin began to complain of abdominal pains. He went to the doctors on his base 11 times during the month complaining of severe pain and constipation that lasted for weeks. He was sent back to his job and told to “work it out.”

During the last two weeks of March, he wrote to his mother telling her that his pain was unbearable.

On March 31 he passed out from pain and breathlessness. His sergeant happened to be with him and took him to the doctors who thought he had gall bladder problems and sent him to the hospital in Baghdad. The next day, April 1, was Dustin’s 22nd birthday. After being assessed and heavily drugged, the doctors allowed him to call home to tell his mother that he had cancer.

In Baghdad, the doctors had discovered that Dustin had a huge cancerous tumor on his esophagus, which severely restricted his breathing, a collapsed lung, the loss of a kidney, numerous blood clots and a tumor progressing on his liver. The doctors could not believe that Dustin had been turned away so many times for medical help and still manage to endure as long as he did in his magnitude of pain while carrying an 80-pound pack on his back, his mother said. Dustin was flown to the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, and then to Walter Reed Hospital.

“The story of Dustin Brim is just one more avoidable tragedy of our insane use of uranium munitions,” Rokke said.

“When I lost Dustin, I lost myself,” Mrs. Brim said. “This is something that should not have happened. There is something going on but no one wants to talk about it on the record. I am sharing my son’s story with you in the hope that perhaps it will make a difference.”

Photo – Dustin Brim, 21, of Daytona Beach, Florida, in Iraq in February 2004. Within two months Dustin would be severely afflicted with massive cancerous tumors that would prevent him from breathing and eating normally. Within seven months he would succumb to lymphoma at Walter Reed Hospital, age 22, a completely unnecessary and very tragic death from depleted uranium poisoning.