Gulf War Syndrome
In the early 1990's in response to Iraq's Invasion of Kuwait, America took part in Desert Storm/Shield. After this action numerous vets came home complaining of an illness. It is called Gulf War Syndrome (GWS).
The Encyclopedia says Gulf War Syndrome is " popular name for a variety of ailments experienced by veterans after the Persian Gulf War. Symptoms reported include nausea, cramps, rashes, short-term memory loss, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, headaches, joint and muscle pain, and birth defects. Ailments have been reported by American, Canadian, Australian, and British veterans alike; in some cases spouses of veterans have reported similar symptoms. " (1). Between 26 to 32 percent of personnel who were deployed to the Gulf have reported illnesses (2 ).
In 1992 in response to health concerns of Gulf Veterans the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) created Persian Gulf health registry. This included all US Troops who served in the gulf. Other things that had been done to look into GWS, include. In 1994 the National Institute of Health conducted a workshop, on GWS. The Department of Defense started clinical evaluation program (CCEP) to evaluate and treat the health problems of Gulf Veterans. President Clinton assigned special advisory committee on veterans illnesses. He GAO conducted a review of the care of Gulf Veterans and research into their illnesses (3 ).
The possible causes of GWS could be many fold, they include fine particles from depleted-uranium weapons, the anthrax vaccine, pollution from burning oil wells, infectious diseases and chemical weapons (4 ).
Also researchers suggested that Gulf War Syndrome might be caused by two ordinarily harmless doses of two or more chemicals that together might cause Nerve damage(5 ).
Researchers at the University of Buffalo said that some suffers of Gulf War Syndrome have a genetic tendency toward it(6 ).
The Pentagon and VA have denied any dangers to the use of depleted uranium(7 ).