More Than 600 Reported Chemical Exposure in Iraq, Pentagon Acknowledges "More than 600 American service members since 2003 have reported to military medical staff members that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, but the Pentagon failed to recognize the scope of the reported cases or offer adequate tracking and treatment to those who may have been injured, defense officials say. The Pentagon’s disclosure abruptly changed the scale and potential costs of the United States’ encounters with abandoned chemical weapons during the occupation of Iraq, episodes the military had for more than a decade kept from view. ..." And yet CFS/ME patients (and perhaps more importantly, those who claim to be speaking on our behalf) repeatedly turn to this same government expecting to be listened to. The P2P and IOM were not designed to meet patient needs. They were designed to serve the NIH and the CDC and if they accidentally do patients any good (or more likely - harm) then I guess that just couldn't be helped.