Scientists Recommend Health Monitoring for Gulf War, Post-9/11 Vets, Offspring

By Patricia Kime

Researchers with the influential National Academy of Medicine have recommended that the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments track troops' exposure to environmental toxins and monitor their -- and their offspring's -- health to better understand the risks and consequences of military deployment.

In a report released Nov. 28 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, a panel of 16 scientists said they could not definitively link health issues in some 1990-1991 Gulf War and post-9/11 veterans and their families to environmental exposures, but they recommended the government and other institutions establish a health monitoring and research program to determine what health effects, if any, military deployments have on the veterans and future generations.

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