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Studies that tension can produce myriad health and wellbeing results, and those results can occur themselves as signs and stipulations just like those who veterans file.

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Thus, the extent and magnitude of health problems experienced by veterans of the Gulf War can not be determined from CCEP and VA Registry data. Several epidemiologic studies do suggest, however, that symptoms and self-reported chronic conditions occur at a higher rate in deployed personnel than in those who were not deployed. , 1998, for a more detailed review). , 1998). 6 times higher). Similarly, in a large epidemiologic study of Gulf War veterans and their non-Gulf War counterparts who listed Iowa as their home state, health problems were reported at a higher rate by deployed personnel (The Iowa Persian Gulf Study Group, 1997).

In response, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 660, condemning the invasion and calling for the immediate withdrawal of Iraqi troops. Four days later, on August 6, Saudi Arabia requested American military intervention, ultimately leading to the largest military deployment since World War II. Between August 1990 and June 1991, the United States deployed approximately 697,000 military personnel to the Persian Gulf in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Presidential Advisory Committee, 1996).

Other stressors included witnessing the death or disfigurement of American, coalition, or enemy forces, prolonged anticipation of the risk of serious injury or loss of life due to impending air and ground assaults, as well as to possible chemical-biological warfare and SCUD missile attacks. Iraq's past use of chemical and biological weapons heightened apprehension about possible attacks and raised concerns regarding the effectiveness of defensive suits. The possible side effects of required prophylactic drugs were also a concern.

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