700,000 U.S. Troops Joined Coalition to Liberate Kuwait.
Bergmann & Moore salutes and thanks our Gulf War Veterans who fought during the ground invasion of Iraq, liberation of Kuwait, and all other air, land, and sea military operations that began on this date 23 years ago.
The Persian Gulf War, now called the Gulf War, officially started on August 2, 1990, when Iraq invaded Kuwait, and the conflict continues through the present as America’s longest war.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), nearly 700,000 U.S. service members took part in Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm / Provide Comfort. Among the Veterans of the conflict who deployed between 1990 and 1991, nearly 192,000 have approved VA disability compensation claims as of 2009, the last time VA released any statistics.
Scientific reports by the Institute of Medicine in 2010 and by the Congressionally-mandated VA Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illness in 2008 confirm 250,000 or more Gulf War Veterans remain physically ill due to widespread multiple toxic exposures during the conflict.