Seventeen years after the Persian Gulf War, a Congressionally-mandated report has confirmed that "Gulf War Syndrome" is a legitimate illness, and not just "shell shock."
That had been the diagnosis for more than 175,000 veterans who suffered from a range of neurological conditions after the 1991 war.
Now this recent report supports their claims of a syndrome. Roberta White directed the research by a panel of independent scientists, medical experts, and veterans. She's chair of the Department of Environmental Health at Boston University.
White spoke to WBUR about the report's significance.
This program aired on January 5, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.