Chemical exposures caused gulf war veterans’ illness

An expert committee investigating Gulf War syndrome said studies also continued to show that the illness, estimated to affect up to 250,000 veterans, was not associated with psychological stressors but with toxic exposures.

Since the committee’s landmark 2008 report, fresh evidence has been published linking brain cancer among veterans to their exposure to nerve gas and to contaminants from oil well fires, the experts said.

The report, Gulf War Illness and the Health of Gulf War Veterans: Research Update and Recommendations, 2009–2013