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Release No: 612-97
November 13, 1997


The Defense Department released today another case narrative and three more information papers related to its ongoing investigation into Gulf War illnesses. These reports are part of the Department's continuing effort to inform the public of its attempt to better understand the nature and possible causes of illnesses being experienced by many Gulf War veterans.

The case narrative focuses on the possible presence of chemical warfare agents at Tallil Air Base, Iraq during the Gulf War. Considering all available evidence to date, it concludes that it is unlikely that chemical weapons or agents were present at Tallil during the period of U.S. occupation in 1991.

One information paper provides basic information on Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) procedures to protect the user against nuclear, biological and chemical contamination on the battlefield. Another paper analyzes the military's effectiveness in its efforts at medical surveillance during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. A third information paper is a description of the M8A1 Automatic Chemical Agent Alarm and an account of how it was used by U.S. military forces during the Gulf War.

Other narratives and information papers about key events and equipment used during the Gulf War will be released as soon as they are completed. The interim reports released today, along with all future reports and their supporting documentary evidence and personal interviews, will be posted on the GulfLINK Internet site .

In addition to informing the public, narratives are intended to open a dialogue with Gulf War veterans who may have additional information or who can clarify these events. These individuals are encouraged to call the Gulf War incident hotline at 1-800-472-6719.

Gulf War veterans experiencing health problems are encouraged to receive a free health screening through the DoD's or Department of Veterans' Affairs health registries. Those individuals still on active duty, military retirees, or those affiliated with the Reserve components can arrange a medical examination through the Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program at 1-800-796-9699. Those no longer affiliated with DoD, including reserve personnel, can arrange a medical examination through the VA's Persian Gulf Registry at 1-800-749-8387.

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