It was two friends and fellow veterans diagnosed with terminal diseases at a young age that motivated Frank Schmuck into helping other veterans, school children and people of our district and state.
Frank recognized a problem among our Gulf War veterans and volunteered to help those diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, delivering presentations about potential causes to both the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. It was Frank Schmuck 's work that helped achieve success by convincing the Federal government to compensate and care for all veterans diagnosed with this debilitating disease.
As the Inaugural President of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society of Inductees, Frank’s leadership helped bring scholarships to young students through charitable causes and created the Copper Sword Award recognizing outstanding citizens for their support of veteran causes. Frank has a proven record of caring about veterans and students.
“Frank Schmuck is a decorated Veteran and fellow aviator who served overseas during the Persian Gulf War of 1991. I’ve worked with Frank on various civic and charitable endeavors over the years and what I’ve seen is a man who cares about people and our community. Be it finding scholarships for our youth to serving those afflicted with disease, Frank works to make our community, Legislative District 18 and our State a better place to live. If you are looking for the best candidate to represent Veterans and address community issues your choice is simple. It’s Frank Schmuck for Arizona Senate."
Major Frederick E. Ferguson, USA Retired
Medal of Honor Recipient
Former Deputy Director of Arizona’s Department of Veterans’ Services
Pilot is busy advocate for Valley’s veterans
By Art Sloane, February 2006
Frank Schmuck is not only an Air Force veteran and a Southwest Airlines pilot he is one of the busiest advocates for veterans in the Valley.
He was born in York Pennsylvania 1966 and hasn’t slowed down since. He comes from a long line of veterans with both grandfathers having served in World War II and his paternal grandfather a prisoner of war for five years. His appointment to the Air Force Academy led to his commissioning and service as a pilot in the Persian Gulf War in 1991
Under attack he delivered Patriot missiles to Israel and he nearly missed an attack that claimed the lives of other US servicemen. Schmuck airlifted men from the battlefield the safety and receive the Air Forces Air Medal. He served in the Air Force reserve for years and in his civilian job at Southwest trained pilots to fly the Boeing 737. Schmuck founded and chairs Voices Take Flight a nonprofit organization that promotes “service before self” and awareness of neurological diseases
He created the Schow-Donnelly award bestowed annually to a civilian and military veteran for national service before self. He also co-founded the Schmuckfest Celebrity Comedy Roasts for “priceless” service to community. This year‘s fest will roast baseball personalities Dusty Baker, Bob Feller, Joe Garagiola, Jr. and Luis Gonzalez on February 25 and will benefit the American legion and youth baseball. Information: www.SchmuckFest.org
This year‘s Voices Take Flight concert will be held at 2 p.m. March 11 at Phoenix First Assembly of God 13613 N. Cave Creek Rd. The event is sponsored by Senator John McCain; TriWest Healthcare and the Wallace Research Foundation. The US Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club and the Xavier College Preparatory honor choir will perform.
Information on tickets for the concert or for the Schow-Donnelly Award dinner is available at www.VTF.org. Those being honored at the Schow-Donnelly awards are Herb Kelleher founder and chairman of Southwest Airlines for his work with Ronald McDonald House; Dr. Irving Fradkin founder of Dollars for Scholars who raised more than $1 billion for scholarships; Marine Corps veteran R. Lee Ermey aka Gunny for his work with Marine Corps a Toys for Tots and Rick Romley, former Maricopa County Attorney for his work with disabled veterans and the Partnership for a Drug Free America.
Persian Gulf War Illness, the Undiagnosed Illness
Excerpted and revised from an article published September 2001 in CrossFeed - an Aviation Safety Newsletter printed by the Southwest Airlines Pilot's Association.
During and after the first Gulf War, thimerosal, a chemical preservative was found in several, but not all vaccines at 49.6% mercury by weight. It was listed by the chemical manufacturer as “Highly Toxic, Danger of Cumulative Effects” when received through ingestion, absorption, or inhalation, with no mention of injection. Thimerosal was used as an antibacterial preservative in many contact lens solutions until it was found that the chemical was causing irritation or conjunctivitis on the eyelids of some people. It is prohibited for use in vaccines in Australia, yet the United States continued to use thimerosal in some, but not all vaccines.
What Frank Schmuck’s investigation into military immunization records of Gulf War veterans revealed was many Gulf War veterans received multiple daily immunizations. Many of these contained thimerosal. On several different days before during and after the Persian Gulf War mercury exposure from daily vaccinations far exceeded what is considered safe by three separate Federal agencies – the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In late 2000 Frank Schmuck’s research caught the attention of Mr. Ross Perot and Dr. Robert Haley, M.D. of Southwestern Medical University. On Feb 9, 2001 Former Air Force Lead Thunderbird Pilot Lt. Col. (ret) K.C. Schow, Chad Hennings (retired #95 of the Dallas Cowboys), Dr. Frank George (Medical Director of the Arizona Biological Research Institute), Dr. Boyd Haley, Ph.D., (Chemistry Chair and leading biochemist in the toxicity of thimerosal from the University of Kentucky) and Frank Schmuck delivered a presentation to Mr. Perot, Dr. Robert Haley and a team of leading U.S. physicians and scientists. The presentation entitled “Persian Gulf War Illness, the Undiagnosed Illness” was dedicated to friend and fellow Persian Gulf War pilot, Major (retired) Michael Donnelly. Michael was one of more than thirty Persian Gulf War veterans diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Their presentation not only showed the potential damage from excessive exposure to mercury through thimerosal containing vaccinations, but also mercury’s connection to ALS. Incidentally, Michael Donnelly wrote a book called Falcon’s Cry with his sister Denise, a professional writer. Falcon’s Cry is more than Michael Donnelly’s Desert Storm Memoirs, it is the story of a fight for health by Michael and thousands of Persian Gulf War veterans suffering from illness classified as “undiagnosed.” Frank Schmuck worked with Michael and his family to produce the audio version of this book. Profits from the sale of Falcon’s Cry audio book are allocated to motor neuron disease research and helping ill Persian Gulf War veterans.
After the February 9, 2001 presentation, Mr. Perot recommended Frank Schmuck and his team deliver this information to Washington D.C. By the end of April, 2001 they had delivered their message to the Assistant Secretaries of Defense for Health Affairs, Force Management and Personnel, the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, Surgeon General of the United States Military, and professional staff members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform.
The House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform has been very interested in the effects of mercury in medicine. They held months of hearings and their work along with that of dedicated citizens like scientist Albert Enayati, Registered Nurse Lynn Redwood, successful business owner Sallie Bernard, Heidi Roger and attorney Liz Bert have demonstrated a compelling link of mercury from thimerosal vaccinations to autism and other developmental disorders in young children. Over the past decade, the recommended vaccination protocol for young infants who received multiple thimerosal containing vaccinations can be up to 125 times the EPA daily allowable mercury exposure limits. On May 15, 2001 Congressman Dan Burton, Chairman of the Committee, delivered a speech to the House of Representatives specifically on this topic.
Today, in part, because of these efforts all Persian Gulf War Veterans diagnosed with ALS are fully compensated, they and their families cared for, while thimersal has been removed from most pediatric and adult vaccinations.
 Aldrich Chemical Company, Inc. Ethylmercurithiosalicylic acid, sodium salt, aka Thiomersal, Product number E35257, www.sigma-aldrich.com
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