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Operation Desert Storm pushed Iraqi troops out of Kuwait but kept Saddam Hussein in power and lasted from Aug. 2, 1990, to the cease-fire April 11, 1991. In the conflict, 383 service members died; as of last year, 467 were reported injured. About 2.225 million troops served in the war, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Not just the after-action reports have been destroyed or are missing. According to some files, when some veterans come to the Veterans Administration to get help for service-related disabilities, records show they served, but medical records are missing.
That means when the vets make claims, they are turned down.
Another Gulf War vet who also didn't want to be identified said what disturbs him most is the lack of recourse.
This veteran served 20 years in the Army. The Veterans Administration has documentation that he served in the 82nd Airborne division as an Army ranger and made 125 parachute jumps. All of his claims, including hearing loss, ankle and back injury, have been denied because efforts to obtain his service medical records were unsuccessful.
The Department of Defense did send a letter telling the same soldier that he and others in his unit were in an area where exposure to nerve agents sarin and cycolosarin was possible, but they should not worry about any side effects.
"So we all got exposed to nerve agent as well, and according to the military, that is never going to affect us," he said. "They just wanted to advise us that we've been exposed."
Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young, R-Fla., says he did not know of the Army's letter until now. His office asking the Defense Department to look into the matter.
My concern is also, what the hell is the military doing using these types of weapons when they agreed not to multiple times in the past?
Originally posted by alyoshablue
I am not surprised. It is commonly thought that both the US and Israel use depleted uranium in their bullets, white phosphorus and chemical weapons in their mid-east endeavors and there have been several videos posted on YT to document such a fact.
Originally posted by speculativeoptimist
@GradyPhilpott - 26 years, well good thing you are still alive! So who does represent these guys?