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American Legion Anticipates Institute of Medicine Report on Gulf War Veterans
Date:11/14/2007

ed. Evidence points, instead, to hazardous substances encountered by troops during the 1991 Gulf War. These include, most prominently, a group of chemical neurotoxins to which many veterans were exposed.

According to Dr. Lea Steele, Scientific Director of the federal Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, "In years past, it was common for government officials and healthcare providers to speculate that Gulf War veterans' illness was caused by stress. This view has not been supported by the many studies that have now assessed Gulf War veterans' illness in relation to events of the 1991 Gulf War. Our committee's detailed review of these studies found no connection between combat and Gulf War veterans' illness, and that Gulf War veterans' illness was not caused by psychological stress. We do know that in some situations, psychological trauma and stress can cause long-term problems. But the data are very clear that this does not explain Gulf War veterans' illness."

The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and patriotic youth programs. The Legion's 2.7 million wartime veterans work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation.


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