Environmental Exposure ReportOil Well Fires
Environmental Exposure Reports contain what is known today about certain events of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-1991. This particular environmental exposure report focuses on events associated with US military personnel exposures to oil fire smoke. This is an interim, not a final, report. We hope you will read this and contact us with any information that would help us better understand the events reported here. With your help, we will be able to report more accurately on the events surrounding oil fire smoke exposures. Please contact my office to report any new information by calling:
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Last Update: August 2, 2000
Many Gulf War veterans have experienced a variety of physical symptoms, collectively called Gulf War illnesses. In response to veterans concerns, the Department of Defense (DoD) established a task force in June 1995 to investigate those incidents and circumstances related to possible causes. The Office of the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses assumed responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996, and continues to gather information on oil well fires. This is the offices interim report.
To inform the public about the progress of this office, the Department of Defense publishes (on the Internet and elsewhere) accounts related to the possible causes of illness among Gulf War veterans, along with documentary evidence or personal testimony used in compiling the accounts. The environmental exposure report that follows is such an account. Since this narrative's initial publication in November 1998, new information has been obtained that adds to or validates some of the facts of the original narrative. The current narrative reflects these changes.
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