The timeline shows the
major events of the United States' involvement in the United Nations'
action to liberate the nation of Kuwait from occupying Iraqi forces.
Environmental and Occupational Exposures
The Potential for Causing Gulf War Illnesses
We are all exposed to chemicals in the air we breathe
and in the food and water we consume every day. Some of these chemicals
are man-made while others occur in nature. This summary concerns the reports we have published about
our investigations into environmental and occupational exposures
during the Gulf War.
Scud Missile Attacks and Inhibited Red Fuming
Iraq began launching Scud missiles at Israel and Coalition
forces soon after the Coalition's Gulf War air campaign began on
January 17, 1991. An unexpected hazard in the Kuwait theater of
operations was exposure to a highly corrosive oxidizer called inhibited
red fuming nitric acid that was used in a rocket propellant for
Iraq's Scud missiles. This is a summary of our reports on Scud missile attacks
and red fuming nitric acid.
Medical Issues Relating to Symptoms Among Gulf
Many Gulf War veterans have experienced a variety
of physical symptoms and illnesses in the years since the Gulf War.
Since June 1995 the Department of Defense has been investigating
incidents and circumstances during the war that might be related
to veterans� symptoms. This is a summary of the information gathered during
investigations into vaccines, medical recordkeeping, and other medical
issues related to symptoms among Gulf War veterans.