Captain Kenneth C. Hyams, an infectious disease specialist and
Desert Storm vet, wondered whether anything like Gulf War Syndrome
had happened before. So he examined decades of military and medical records
and looked at symptoms that appeared in previous wars. Interview conducted
Dr. Stephen Joseph led the DOD's medical investigation of Gulf War
Syndrome. He explains the complex epidemiological issues involved in
determining what is behind the veterans' illnesses. He also discusses why
there is resistance among the public, the media and members of Congress to
accept the findings of the scientific panels.
Dr. Philip Landrigan was a member of the Presidential Advisory
Committee (PAC), and chaired the American Legion's Scientific Panel. He
offers a synopsis of how the scientists pursued their inquiry and why
ultimately the major theories about what's causing veterans' symptoms
(depleted uranium, oil fires, pesticides, chemical agents, etc.) don't add
Matt Puglisi, the American Legion's spokesman, is a Marine Second
Lieutenant who served in the Gulf War. He analyzes how the well the media
reported this story, what has fueled the "undercurrent of mistrust" against the
government, and what really are the views of the average veteran about Gulf
Congressman Bernard Sanders (I-Vt) discusses his reasons for being
highly critical of the performance of the VA and DOD and explains why he
doubts the integrity of some members of the scientific community. Sanders
argues the PAC is "dead wrong" in concluding stress was the likely cause of
veterans' illnesses and lays out why he believes the PAC too quickly dismissed
other causes such as PB and chemical exposures.
Congressman Christopher Shays (R-Ct.) has spent years investigating Gulf War syndrome and finds stress an
unsatisfactory answer for what is behind the veterans' health problems. Shayse
explains why he doesn't accept the scientific studies done on Gulf veterans'
health and strongly believes low-level chemicals exposures, combined with other
Gulf War-related risk factors, are behind the illnesses.
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analyzing the major theories .
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the veterans .
a closer look .
examining the media's role .
a guide to the site .
comparing gulf veterans' health with other veterans .
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