Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm were short-lived conflicts that took place between August of 1990 and March of 1991. It was also referred to as the Gulf War. Following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, U.S. forces under the authority of the UN forced Iraqi soldiers out of Kuwait and ultimately obtained a cease-fire agreement from Iraq.
Of course, that wasn't the end of the conflict. Over the next decade, conflict and negotiations would continue, leading to a number of military operations culminating in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, what some would refer to as the second Gulf War. These conflicts in the Middle East would have widespread effects, not only on the world, but also on returning soldiers.
The symptoms U.S. soldiers suffered upon returning from the first Gulf War began suffering from chronic health issues that were chronicled and eventually became categorized as Gulf War Syndrome, a term that now stretches to encompass soldiers from several Middle Eastern conflicts, including subsequent deployments to the Middle East.
What is Gulf War Syndrome, and what can be done for soldiers suffering from this illness? Here are a few things you should know.