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Two scientific studies link Gulf War Illnesses to U.S. bombing of Iraqi ammo dump that released toxic sarin gas

A Dallas epidemiologist and a military intelligence expert have published scientific studies that attribute Gulf War Illness to a Jan. 18, 1991, U.S. bombing raid on an Iraqi ammunition dump. The studies concluded that a plume of sarin gas, a toxic nerve agent, rose from the dump and was carried by the wind to contaminate thousands of U.S. troops.

The studies, published together in the journal Neuroepidemiology, were conducted by James Tuite, a former U.S. Secret Service Agent and U.S. Senate investigator, and Dr. Robert Haley, an epidemiologist with the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

During the past 20 years, an estimated 700,000 veterans of the first Gulf War in 1990-91 have reported wide-ranging medical symptoms affecting memory, sleep patterns, digestion and central nervous system. Their medical complaints often were written off as stress-related combat trauma.

Haley, however, has spent almost two decades studying the brain function of a scientific cross-section of 8,000 veterans and concluded their physical ailments are real. The study released Thursday is his latest effort to link Gulf War Illness to concrete events that occurred in Iraq.

Many Gulf War veterans have been fighting for years to get Veterans Administration benefits for their medical conditions and have refused a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosis to qualify. Instead, they insist their problems are physiological.

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, who has helped secure funding for Haley’s research over the years, praised Haley and Tuite for their work to pin down the causes of Gulf War Illness.

“Now that we know the probable cause of {the sickness}, we need to find effective treatments,” she said. “I also call on the U.S. Department of Defense to study these findings to protect against chemical weapons fallout in future conflicts.”

Tuite’s research found U.S. investigators dismissed the sarin gas exposure as a cause of illness because they believed the gas would have traveled close to the ground and would also have sickened the iraqi populace nearby the chemical weapons storage dumps near Muthanna and Falluja.

Further research concluded that high explosives propelled the toxic gas plue high into the atmosphere and that it was swept along on the wind for more than 350 miles. Finally, it stalled over U.S. troops stationed in Saudi Arabia, triggering nerve gas alarms.

Haley said troops who heard those alarms were in harm’s way.

“The more frequently nerve gas alarms were heard by our troops, the greater the chances of coming down with Gulf War Illness later,” Haley said.

Haley said scientific research into the causes of Gulf War Illness will allow doctors to treat their patients more effectively.

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Ive felt all along that the health problems im having, to include kidney cancer, adrenal gland cancer, sleep disturbances, joint pain, short term memory loss, fatigue, all are contributed to the sarin gas. over a period of abt a week, the chemical alarms kept going off, there was a sandstorm I recall, that was really windy., and they went off alot that week, probably the wind pushed the gas near us. we got into mopp4 so much, they started calling false alarms, and we didnt even bother anymore.

The Va seems to take a lacadaisical attitude, and discount the facts that we were exposed to sarin gas,. I guess they will deny, and delay as long as they can, like they did the vietnam vets with agent orange. They swould not have even admitted that if not for the big legal action that got it mandated. If this country keeps screwing its veterans over, like it has been, it will soon have a drafted army, becasue no body will want to serve voulentarily anymore. I myself and doing EVERYTHING i POSSIBLY can to get my son into college, and will do anything to keep him out of the millitary. So he doenst have to go thru the same thing im going thru.

Ive spoken with many other vets who feel the exact same way.

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