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Timeline of Relevant Events

 

1990

August 2

Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait

August 7

Troops begin deployment in Operation Desert Shield

November 8

200,000 troops deployed to join those already in SWA

November 29

UN Resolution 678 authorizing member states to use "all necessary means" to get Iraq out of Kuwait

 

1991

January 12

House Joint Resolution 77 authorizes President Bush to use armed force to implement UN Resolution 678

January 14

Resolution signed by President Bush as PL 102-1

January 16

Coalition air forces begin attack of Iraq in Operation Desert Storm

January 20

Iraqis start oil well fires

February 24

Ground war begins

February 28

Persian Gulf War ends

April 3

Interagency Interim Report: Kuwait Oil Fires

June 13

Last troops in ground war return to United States

December 5

PL 102-190 "National Defense Authorization Act" is passed, mandating that DoD create a registry of forces exposed to fumes of burning oil



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Health Consequences of Service During the Persian Gulf War: Initial Findings and Recommendations for Immediate Action F Timeline of Relevant Events   1990 August 2 Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait August 7 Troops begin deployment in Operation Desert Shield November 8 200,000 troops deployed to join those already in SWA November 29 UN Resolution 678 authorizing member states to use "all necessary means" to get Iraq out of Kuwait   1991 January 12 House Joint Resolution 77 authorizes President Bush to use armed force to implement UN Resolution 678 January 14 Resolution signed by President Bush as PL 102-1 January 16 Coalition air forces begin attack of Iraq in Operation Desert Storm January 20 Iraqis start oil well fires February 24 Ground war begins February 28 Persian Gulf War ends April 3 Interagency Interim Report: Kuwait Oil Fires June 13 Last troops in ground war return to United States December 5 PL 102-190 "National Defense Authorization Act" is passed, mandating that DoD create a registry of forces exposed to fumes of burning oil

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Health Consequences of Service During the Persian Gulf War: Initial Findings and Recommendations for Immediate Action   1992 April 123rd Army Reserve in Indiana reports illness with unexplained signs and symptoms, investigated by researchers at WRAIR June 15 Findings of WRAIR investigation released, with no common exposures found among reserves to account for signs and symptoms reported November 4 PL 102-585 passed, mandating creation of VA Persian Gulf Health Registry, modification of PL 102-190 to include all troops in SWA, asking for NAS review, and OTA review   1993 May 7 VA Blue Ribbon Panel meeting to discuss "mystery illness" June 9 Hearing of House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on Health Care Issues of Persian Gulf Veterans July 29 OTA workshop on Persian Gulf Veterans Health August 31 President Clinton designated VA to be lead agency for all federally funded Persian Gulf research October 1 Funding for NAS/IOM review is available October 16 VA formally chartered the Persian Gulf Expert Scientific Committee (formerly the VA Blue Ribbon Panel) November 9 Hearing of House Committee on Veterans Affairs on Health Concerns of Persian Gulf Veterans November 16 Hearing of House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on Health Concerns of Persian Gulf Veterans November 16 Hearing of Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on Health Concerns of Persian Gulf Veterans November 23 Persian Gulf Interagency Coordinating Committee meeting December 10 As requested by Undersecretary John Deutch, the Defense Science Board Task Force on Chemical Weapons was formed December 20 Persian Gulf Research Coordinating Council meeting December 21–22 DSB Task Force on Chemical Weapons meeting December 21 DSB charter expanded to include Gulf War health effects

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Health Consequences of Service During the Persian Gulf War: Initial Findings and Recommendations for Immediate Action   1994 January 10–11 DSB Task Force CBW Panel meeting January 20–21 IOM Committee meeting January 21 The formation of the Persian Gulf Veterans Coordinating Board is announced January 21 Hearing of House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Meridian, Mississippi January 27–28 DSB Task Force Medical Panel meeting February 1 Hearing of House Committee on Veterans Affairs on Health Concerns of Persian Gulf Veterans February 7–8 DSB Task Force CBW Panel meeting February 22–23 VA Expert Scientific Panel meeting February 24–25 DSB Task Force Medical Panel meeting February 28–March 1 IOM Committee meeting and Public Hearing March 24–25 DSB Task Force meeting April 20–21 IOM Committee meeting April 27–29 NIH Technology Workshop: The Persian Gulf Experience and Health April 29 VA Expert Scientific Panel meeting May 6 Hearing of Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs: "Is Military Research Hazardous to Veterans' Health?" May 25 Hearing of Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on Chemical and Biological Warfare June 9 Hearing of House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Compensation, Pension and Insurance on compensation for Persian Gulf "mystery illness" (H.R. 4386) June 23 DSB Task Force report released July 14–16 IOM Committee meeting July 28–29 VA Expert Scientific Panel meeting August 5 Hearing of Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on Reproductive Hazards Associated with Military Service August 30–September 1 IOM Committee meeting September 29 Hearing of Senate Armed Services Committee/Force Requirements and Personnel Subcommittee on DoD Response to Persian Gulf Illness