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Briefing Date:07/21/2005
Topic:Mortality in US Army Gulf War Veterans Exposed to 1991 Khamisiyah Chemical Munitions Destruction

THE NATIONAL ACADMIES
Institute of Medicine
Medical Follow-up Agency
and
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Veterans Health Administration

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Congressional Briefings
Thursday, July 21, 2005
412 Russell Senate Office Bldg. -- 10:00 a.m.
334 Cannon House Office Bldg. -- 3:30 p.m.
and
B372 Rayburn House Office Bldg. -- 4:30 p.m.

on

Mortality in US Army Gulf War Veterans Exposed to
1991 Khamisiyah Chemical Munitions Destruction

A study carried out by the Insitute of Medicine and the Veterans Administration has been published in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The study found that Gulf War veterans who may have been exposed to nerve agents during the March 1991 weapons demolitions in Khamisiyah, Iraq, appear to have a higher risk of brain cancer death than veterans who were not exposed.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The article was publicly released on July 25, 2005. An abstract of the article can be read via a link to the Web site of the American Journal of Public Health, http://www.ajph.org/cgi/content/abstract/95/8/1382. Congressional offices wanting a copy of the full article should contact the National Academies’ Office of Congressional and Government Affairs at 202/334-1601.

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