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Gulf War Exposures

Gulf War (August 2, 1990 to present), includes Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm

Gulf War Veterans may have been exposed to a variety of environmental and chemical hazards that carried potential health risks. Join the Gulf War Registry and the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to document your exposures and health concerns.

Medic administers vaccineVaccinations
Including anthrax and botulinum toxoid

Oil well fire during the Gulf WarOil Well Fires
Oil or gas wells that caught on fire and burned

Soldier wearing gas maskChemical & Biological Weapons (Khamisiyah, Iraq)
Ammunitions storage depot containing warfare agents that was demolished

Side of tank in IraqDepleted Uranium
Uranium used in military tank armor and some bullets

Servicemen are covering their ears to shield them from the noise of a blastNoise
Harmful sounds from guns, equipment, and machinery that is often experienced during service

Side view of tankCARC Paint
Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) used on military vehicles to resist corrosion and chemical agents

Man wearing workplace safety gearOccupational Hazards
Exposures from working with chemicals, paints, and machinery during service

White pills on handPyridostigmine Bromide (PB)
Round, white tablet used as pre-treatment drug to protect against nerve agent soman

Spraying pesticidesPesticides
Substances used to repel or destroy pests such as insects and pathogens

Dust surrounding a group of   paratroopersSand, Dust and Particulates
Tiny airborne matter that can cause respiratory and other health problems

Pits left from roadside bombToxic Embedded Fragments
Shrapnel and other metals that remain in the body after injury

Silhouette of a soldier in front of the bright sunInfectious Diseases
Nine infectious diseases associated with Southwest Asia and Afghanistan military service

Silhouette of a soldier on a truck in front of the bright   sunHeat Injuries
Health problems that could be caused by extremely hot temperatures

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