A Comparison of the Postdeployment Hospitalization Experience of U.S. Military Personnel Following Service in the 1991 Gulf War, Southwest Asia After the Gulf War, and Bosnia
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Much attention has been given to the impact of deployment upon the health of veterans from the first Gulf War. While differences in self-reported symptoms have been common, no specific exposures have been implicated. Some have suggested that stress from deployment is the chief cause for multi-symptom conditions among 1991 Gulf War veterans. We sought to examine the impact of large military deployments upon hospitalization experience. Hospitalization records from October 1, 1988, through December 31, 2000, were examined for all active-duty personnel deployed exclusively to the Gulf War, Southwest Asia, or Bosnia. While these findings do not fully explain the complexity of postdeployment health experiences, they do not support the theory of a unique illness in 1991 Gulf War veterans.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics