Today marks the anniversary of the start of the Gulf War, also known as Operation Desert Storm. On January 17, 1991, the coalition air campaign began with massive aerial bombings of targets in Iraq and Kuwait.
VA offers a variety of health care benefits to Gulf War Veterans, including a Gulf War Registry health exam and clinical treatment at VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Center. See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/benefits/health-care.asp
VA’s Gulf War Registry Health Exam alerts Veterans to possible long-term health problems that may be related to environmental exposures during their military service. The registry data helps VA understand and respond to these health problems more effectively. See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/benefits/registry-exam.asp
Health care clinicians can learn how to care better for Veterans by consulting a study guide, Caring for Gulf War Veterans. The guide provides the latest information from scientific studies, and includes an overview of Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991) ground conditions, top environmental exposures, and illnesses common to these Veterans. See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/vethealthinitiative/gulfwar.asp
Below are a few images from that conflict. Desert Shield/Desert Storm Veterans, what are your memories of the Gulf War?
Time magazine cover of the coalition’s bombing of Iraq.
Time magazine cover of the ground campaign into Kuwait.
A U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams main battle tank in the burning oil fields of Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm, 1991.
A U.S. Army Reserve Loudspeaker Team Attached to the Marines.
Members of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing stand in front of a captured Iraqi helicopter during Operation Desert Storm.
U.S. Army Gen. Norman H. Schwarzkopf, commander of U.S. Central Command, speaks to U.S. soldiers inside a hangar while visiting a base camp during Operation Desert Shield.
A-10A Thunderbolt II ground attack plane flying over target area during Desert Storm, 1991
Not taking any chances with the threat of Iraqi Scud missile attacks, these 2/24 leathernecks are ready with their Scud pit.