ZDF TV Germany 17.02.2003
Gulf War syndrome
A mysterious illness
Approximately one fourth of the American Gulf War veterans are disabled
and approximately half of the veterans was in the last
twelve years suffer
strange symptoms in medical
Pentagon has adopted the treatment-expenses of the sickened repatriates.
However officially has not acknowledged the ministry of
defense the mysterious
The concept Gulf War syndrome summarizes a sum of medical problems,
which Gulf War veterans suffer two to three marks more
frequently than veterans,
who have come back from other wars. The new troubles, that
appeared with the
repatriates from the gulf-region, cannot be attributed to
a posttraumatic stress disorder.
Not the head but the body is sick: Joint - and
muscle-pains, uncommon tiredness and
exhaustions, but also memory-problems, depressions,
disturbances of the cognitive
and emotional functions - that is the typical
symptom-groups, that are busy also
through numerous studies
Photo by: Christoph
Venus-Val Hammack and Kirt P. Love: both
have come back sick from the
last Gulf war. Today, they commit
themselves to other disabled
Experts discuss the cause of the
illness still today. Was it the uranium-ammunition
with its nice radioactive dust-particle, that
became scattered over Iraqi territory? Could
this radioactive material reach over the breath-organs or
open wounds of the soldiers
into the body of the people? Was it chemical
fight-materials in connection with the
smoke-clouds of burning oil-wells? Or did the materials of
the vaccinations hardly tested
before provide against biological arms,
infection-illnesses and insecticides for the troubles? -
Presumably was it the interplay of these factors. Although
meanwhile great sums of money
were put in research-projects, researchers came to no
final result: The clear connection
between the symptoms and the medications earned by the
troops and the chemical
burdens, that the soldiers were exposed during the war, is
Sad result for the glorious "Clean" victory of
the Allied Forces: Admittedly unscathed,
but soldiers came back nevertheless sick after the
sechswöchigen " operation waste-
storm ". From 700.000 soldiers, barely 300 and only 400
died was injured - however
war remains no clean issue without risks and losses, like
the heavy health damages
of the ex-soldiers shows.
A decade has passed since
their use in the Gulf war, the event, that has changed their life
drastically. Many think the soldier positive at that time from the war
today differently. However independently from their personal fate and
their commitment against the war - America has put the points, much
indicates another use. American reality on a day " shortly before Baghdad
Kirt P. Love
Sick person heroes
Kirt P. Love is Gulf War veteran. The at that time 26-year old, athletic
man was an ardent soldier, who took part with full conviction in the
operation "of Desert Storm", he was started at the front. Kirt Love was
one of those, that directly the dearest until to Baghdad would have gone.
Today, the situation looks quite differently also like his conviction.
Admittedly the military-doctor released him as healthy man, however Kirt
Love is sick. He suffers from the so named Gulf War syndrome, causes
through chemical Intoxination during the war. Embitter judged the
momentary situation he critically in his Invaliden-Dasein. If he would
have the election again, he would decide against the war and by no means
to the military would go. He dissuades all young people to go to the war,
because he has had to experience as it feels to "burn".
The professional soldier Venus-Val Hammack was during the Gulf war in
Saudi Arabia. Also like many other soldiers, she was abandoned with
attacks toxic materials several times. Today, the 47-year old also suffers
from the Gulf War syndrome and is Invalidin. Venus and Kirt have learned
to get themselves through their illness with a symposium. For five
years, they have been longtime companions and fight for it together that
Gulf War veterans, who have the syndrome, as disabled are acknowledged.
Both were ready to put their life for the USA on the game, had to
experience both, that they were left after the war of her state in the
lurch. Venus warns of it that the danger consists of another intervention
that close combat-troops had to would fight on infested battlefield
without suitable protection-clothing and would abandon itself exactly like
1991 life-threatening materials.
Gulf War veteran Andrew
Yates is a former "Ranger". he belonged to the hardest troop and was
before Baghdad "truly" shortly, namely only few miles remove. There, he
has marked "goals for the air forces" in the solo run with the
laser-pistol at night, illuminated therefore with a laser-ray, so that the
Missileses meet their goal. Later, he was shot down in his helicopter -
only five soldiers survived, he was one of it. Andrew Yates suffered
heaviest injuries and lost his memory at times. Still, he suffers from
fear-conditions. Today, Andrew Yates works as airplane-mechanics - however
he is a broken man.
Daniel Schmidt is Lieutenant of the
U.S. Army and has participated in the first Gulf war at the front.
He/it is the single of the protagonists, that comes back into the
gulf-region this time is put in he in the " second row " however. He
is responsible for the logistics of his division, organizes the
supplies at ammunition, arms, tents, clothes and foods. In the first
war, he was still afraid, to this war, he goes far more fatalistic.
He has done no will. His conscience tells him: I don't shoot at
innocent people, I defend myself only!
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