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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 261-97
May 22, 1997

CAMP MONTEREY NARRATIVE RELEASED

Bernard Rostker, special assistant for Gulf War illnesses, released today the second in a series of case narratives related to the Defense Department's ongoing investigation into the causes of Gulf War illnesses. The narrative focuses on the reported detection of a chemical agent at Camp Monterey, Kuwait, on September 16, 1991.

This camp was a bivouac area for U.S. troops some 15 miles north of Kuwait City where several soldiers experienced eye irritation after being exposed to a chemical powder spill. Two separate Fox NBC reconnaissance vehicles initially identified the powder as sarin nerve agent, but after a full spectrum analysis, confirmed the substance as CS, a common riot control agent.

"This case narrative and future narratives are not intended as final reports," said Rostker. "This is an interim report about what we currently know about Camp Monterey." Other narratives about key events and issues surrounding the Gulf War experience are being prepared and will be released as soon as they are completed. This report, along with the documentary evidence and personal interviews, will be posted on the GulfLINK Internet site (http://dtic.mil/gulflink/), as will future narratives.

These case narratives are a part of the Defense Department's continuing effort to inform the public of its efforts to better understand the nature and possible causes of the illnesses being experienced by our Gulf War veterans and to continue our open dialogue with these veterans.

Gulf War veterans who are experiencing health problems that they believe are a result of their service in the Gulf are encouraged to call one of the toll free numbers to receive a complete medical evaluation. Those individuals still on active duty, retirees, or those affiliated with a reserve unit can call the Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program at 1-800-796-9699. Those no longer affiliated with DoD, including reserve personnel, can call the Department of Veterans Affairs Persian Gulf Help Line at 1-800-749-8387. Veterans with additional information or who can clarify events at Camp Monterey are encouraged to call the Gulf War Incident Hotline at 1-800-472-6719.