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7/23/1995  Gulf War Veteran Details His Illness  Reichert can even tell you the flight in March 1991 that made him sick. "It was the first or second of March," he recalled. "We flew into Kuwait City, which had just been liberated."

9/3/1996  Chemical weapons found before blast   A special chemical weapons detection team saw evidence of suspected chemical weapons at an Iraqi ammunition depot before it was blown up by U.S. troops but didn't tell them, local Gulf War veterans say. 

9/3/1996 sidebar   Investigator: Veterans knew of chemical signs  Veterans of a former metro-east Army Reserve unit either saw evidence of chemical weapons at a controversial Iraqi ammunition depot or saw them at a separate site the Pentagon hasn't acknowledged yet, a former  congressional investigator said. 

10/1/1996  Reservists Questioned About Weapons   Military commanders suspected almost immediately that chemical weapons had been released by blowing up a huge Iraqi complex and sent a team to gather evidence, according to local Gulf War veterans. 

10/2/1996 Local Gulf War Veterans' Accounts Are Investigated   At a Pentagon press conference Tuesday, Assistant Secretary of Defense Ken Bacon said that, based on wind patterns and the number of weapons in the pit, a large number of troops may have been under the chemical cloud released March 10, 1991. 

12/10/1996   Gulf War vets call for criminal inquiry of Pentagon  Veterans are calling for criminal investigations into the Pentagon's handling of Persian Gulf War documents. The call comes after the Pentagon admitted last week that it has 20 confirmed detections of chemical agents, despite three years of denying the reports existed.

12/25/1996  Weapon linked to Iraq -Biological warfare used, report says   Iraq may have used a biological weapon in the early stages of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, according to an investigator who was abruptly fired last year from the White House panel looking into Gulf War Syndrome. 

1/14/97  Veteran Saw Gulf Weapons --U.S. May Believe Claim Of Chemicals  An area Gulf War veteran says he saw Iraqi chemical weapons stored at an airfield about 70 miles from where U.S. troops blew up chemical agents at war's end.

1/19/1997 Focus   Ghost from the Gulf : Six years after the Gulf War, are veterans being stalked by an invisible killer?   Jasmine Palmore Battle never volunteered to go to war, and she never volunteered to get sick. Six years ago, she watched the Gulf War from the front row as a dental hygienist for the civilian oil company Aramco Services Co. Today, she is fighting a brain tumor, lung failure, gynecological disease, rashes and other problems she thinks were caused by Iraqi Scud missiles and smoke from oil fires. 

1/20/1997  Analyst presses gulf case -- Ex-CIA employee sues for documents A former Central Intelligence Agency analyst is suing the CIA and the Department of Defense to obtain thousands of documents he says will prove U.S. troops were exposed to Iraqi chemical and biological weapons during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. 

8/10/1997 Ex-Members Of Scott Unit Notified About Chemical Exposure  The Pentagon is notifying the former members of a disbanded metro-east Army Reserve unit that they might have been exposed to chemical weapons when an Iraqi ammunition depot was destroyed in March 1991. 

9/21/1997 The Wrong Stuff?  Study: Gulf Uniforms Were Permeable   A secret Pentagon study three years before the Gulf War found that the uniform issued to protect American troops from chemical weapons would not stop chemical agents Iraq had used in its war with Iran. 
Part one of a two part series which won an Illinois Press Association Award

9/22/1997  The Wrong Stuff? U.S. Equipment Failed To Detect Chemical Agents In Gulf  On the third day of the Persian Gulf War, a message flashed through military command centers across Saudi Arabia: A Czech unit had detected chemical weapons. 
Part two of a two part series which won an Illinois Press Association Award

10/19/1997 Service Took His Strength   William White once harbored visions of playing in the National Football League. Now, White has visions of his own death. They come to him when he sleeps. He dreams that he's drowning in a pool of water, or that someone is holding something over his nose so he can't breath. 

10/19/1997 sidebar Aid for Veterans Delayed   Gulf War veterans often criticize the Department of Veterans Affairs as being overly bureaucratic, more concerned about rigidly following sometimes incomprehensible rules than helping sick veterans. 

10/26/1997  Paperwork is key, Gulf War vets say Persian Gulf War veterans say the mystery of missing paperwork shows why the investigation of Gulf War illnesses should be taken away from the Department of Defense. 

11/10/1997  Researcher: U.S. risks lives of some gulf vets  The federal government is treating Persian Gulf War veterans wounded by radioactive shrapnel as guinea pigs, the Army's former top researcher on depleted uranium told a gathering of Gulf War veterans this weekend. 

11/10/1997 sidebar Gulf Vets Get Apology From Lawmaker  Persian Gulf War veterans this weekend got something they have waited six years for - an apology from a government official for the way their mysterious illnesses have been handled.

1/10/1998   Veterans Were Exposed To Uranium- Toxic Ammo Levels Found In Gulf War  The Pentagon quietly admitted this week that thousands of veterans may have been exposed to dangerous levels of depleted uranium ammunition fired by Allied weapons during the Persian Gulf War.

1/18/1998 Weapons 'Nuked' U.S. Troops In Gulf--   Majority Of Troops Possibly Exposed Seven years ago, U.S. troops nervously waiting for the order to take on Saddam Hussein's army frequently joked that the allies should just "nuke 'em" and get it over with.  They didn't have a clue that thousands - as many as three-quarters of the troops there - soon would get nuked by their own weapons.

1/26/1998   Many CIA documents touch on war   The Central Intelligence Agency has 1.5 million documents and "a number of studies" that could shed light on Gulf War illnesses, according to a CIA report released Friday. As many as 100,000 of the documents could be directly relevant to the question of Gulf War illnesses. 

2/22/1998  Pentagon Says U.S. Troops Vulnerable-- Biological, Chemical Dust Can Penetrate Suits As tensions mount in the Persian Gulf, a top military expert said American troops are vulnerable to chemical and biological weapons, or so-called "dusty agents."

3/1/1998  Troops Unaware They Detonated Chemical Weapons, Records Show  U.S. troops who unknowingly blew up hundreds of Iraqi rockets filled with deadly nerve agents after the Persian Gulf War should have been alerted to the danger, recently declassified documents show. 

3/2/1998  Deplete Uranium is a Threat Veterans Say   Veterans say a gathering in Washington today will expose the Pentagon's efforts to downplay the effects of deadly radioactive bullets on hundreds of thousands of Gulf War veterans.

8/5/1998  Report: Gulf reservists went to different site   Local reservists did not fly into Khamisiyah, the site of an accidental release of chemical weapons at the end of the Persian Gulf War, a new Pentagon report states. 

9/19/1998  Dismissive comments challenged by doctor   The doctor heading a study of veterans hit with depleted uranium ammunition disagreed on Friday with statements by the Pentagonís chief Gulf War investigator that the exposures were not medically significant. 

9/21/1998  Scientist may have found way to diagnose Gulf illness A California researcher has found what he believes is a biological marker common to the wide variety of illnesses affecting some Gulf War veterans. 

9/21/1998   Investigative reporter Hersh tells group military avoided Gulf War illness issue Pentagon leaders did not engage in a massive cover-up of Gulf War illnesses, but were too consumed by self interest to admit veterans were sick, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh said Sunday. 

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