How many Gulf War veterans are sick, what symptoms do they have and how many have unexplained illnesses?

Of the 697,000 U.S. troops who served during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, more than 100,000 have registered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or the Department of Defense (DOD), saying they have health concerns. While most of these veterans have been diagnosed with a variety of conditions, more than 15,000, or about 20 percent of those examined, have undiagnosed symptoms, which commonly include fatigue, muscle and joint pains, headaches, memory loss, skin rash, diarrhea and sleep disturbances.


When asked to describe their health, 26 percent of those who registered with the VA said "poor;" 42 percent, "all right;" and the remaining 32 percent, "good."