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Persian Gulf War / Chemical Weapons / Veterans' Illnesses #168753

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 19, 1996
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) Accusations of a Pentagon coverup about the exposure of Persian Gulf war troops to the poison gas sarin featured; scenes shown from a Congressional hearing on gulf war illness. [Representative Bernard SANDERS - says the Defense Department is accountable for not telling the truth.] [Pentagon spokesman Kenneth BACON - comments.] [While his amateur video is shown, gulf war veteran Brian MARTIN - describes the operation of blowing up Iraqi bunkers.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Washington: George Strait) The question of whether veterans' medical symptoms can be linked to the nerve gas addressed. [Vets Andrew RIVELY, Barry KAPLAN, wife Nancy KAPLAN - list their chronic symptoms.] [CDC (Centers for Disease Control) Dr. Richard JACKSON - explains what the nerve gas can do to the human body.] Unexplained symptoms suffered by veterans listed. [Veterans Health Administration Dr. Frances MURPHY - cites the focus of medical research.]

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Strait, George

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