Gulf War Syndrome

The Gulf War (1991)

·         Took place in the Gulf of Arabia.

·         Iraq invaded Kuwait.

·         Iraq was ruled by Saddam Hussein.

·         The U.S. responded because Iraq had invaded a neutral country.

·         It was an “act of aggression”.

·         The U.S. did not want Russia to gain Iraq’s oil.

·         Iraq had the fourth biggest standing army in the world (950,000 troops).

·         American troops were directed by “Stormin’” Norman Schwarzkopf.

·         Britain sent 54,000 troops.

·         The U.S., Britain and many other countries fought as one force.

·         They committed a total of 545,000 troops.

·         This number later increased to 697,000.

·         Losses:             Iraq (est.) 100,000

U.S. 294

U.K. 47

·         Gulf War Syndrome

·         Approximately 250,000 of the 697,000 veterans who served in the 1991 Gulf War are afflicted with enduring chronic multi-symptom illness.

·         For a long time the government denied the existence of the condition.

How were Gulf War veterans with G.W.S. treated when they returned to the U.K.?

·         What is Gulf War Syndrome?

·         What are the symptoms?

·         What is the current treatment of G.W.S.?

·         How were men treated by the Army?

·         How were they treated when they left the army?

·         What support did the government offer?

·         How many men were affected?

·         How did charities help?

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