Case NarrativeReported Chemical Warfare Agent Exposure in the
November 15, 2001
Many veterans of the Gulf War have expressed concern that their unexplained physical symptoms may have resulted from their experiences in that war. In response to veterans concerns, the Department of Defense established a task force in June 1995 to investigate incidents and circumstances relating to possible causes. The Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses took over responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996. Effective April 5, 2001, the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) for Gulf War Illnesses, Medical Readiness, and Military Deployments assumed continued responsibility for Gulf War issues.
Case narratives are reports of what we know today about specific events that occurred during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm of 1990 and 1991. This case narrative focuses on a group of Marines who reportedly experienced injuries that appeared symptomatic of chemical warfare agent exposure. We published an interim narrative on May 31, 2001. Since then, the Special Assistant has received no new information that contradicts the material presented, nor have any additional leads developed to change the interim narratives assessments, so this is a final report. However, if you believe you have information that may change this case narrative, please call:
William Winkenwerder, Jr., MD
2001270-0000001 Ver 2.0
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