Gulf War Syndrome
Ken Rogers A desert storm vet, and Gulf War Syndrome sufferer who served with the 3rd Armor Division in Iraq said "I was perfectly fine before I went over there," he also said "But now the doctors are saying if I don't take antibodies for the rest of my life, I'll die real quick." Mr Rogers uses a cane to walk and still runs into his Army buddies. When he does "and I find out they've had another cancer operation or something,"(20 ).
An inquiry that was not commission by the UK government and led by retired senior judge Lord Lloyd of Berwick, and was set up at the request of Lord Morris of Manchester, the parliamentary adviser to the Royal British Legion said "Since the Gulf veterans were twice as likely to become ill as if they had stayed in the U.K., the government ought now, in fairness, and not before time, to accept that the illnesses of those who were deployed to the Gulf were caused by their deployment,"(21 ).
Retired Senator from Michigan Don Riegle held hearings on Gulf War Syndrome in 1992. He said "These are horrendous statistics that show the true scale of this problem," he also said "the heartlessness and irresponsibility of a military bureaucracy that gives every sign of wanting to protect itself more than the health and well-being of our servicemen and women who actually go and fight our wars. To my mind, there is no more serious crime than an official military cover-up of facts that could prevent more effective diagnosis and treatment of sick U.S. veterans."(22 ).
A National Guard unit from Waynesboro, Mississippi, reported that of fifteen children conceived by veterans after the war, thirteen had birth defects. An informal survey done by Senator Don Riegle's Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Of the 600 afflicted Vets 65 percent their babies were afflicted dozens of medical problems including birth defects, the research also found that seventy seven percent of the wives were also ill and twenty five percent of the children were conceived before the War (23 ).
Researchers discovered specific nervous system damage in Vets who have Gulf War Syndrome. The symptoms ( gallbladder disease, unrefreshing sleep, depression, joint pain, chronic diarrhea and sexual dysfunction ) of this damage may account for half of the symptoms that Gulf vets suffer(24 ).
An increase of problems for people there
Desert Storm Vets are twice as likely to suffer Lou Gehrig's disease as opposed to other soldiers (25 ).
A four fold increase of cancer in children in Iraq. Iraqi Doctors believe the culprit is DU. A 1991 internal document by the British atomic energy authority said the DU weapons fired by times was inhaled and could cause 500,000 deaths Doug Rokke, Ph.D a retired professor and former director of the US Army Deplete Uranium project said that Americans who came in contact with DU were contaminated by it, and most have serious health problems (26 ).