12 years after the end of the first Gulf War, health experts still don't know exactly why so many people got sick after they came back home. Thousands still suffer from a variety of symptoms like memory loss, joint pain, rashes, headaches and fatigue, but it's all still a mystery. "As of now there is still not a well defined syndrome that we can say there's a Gulf War Syndrome as such," said Dr. Seymour Feld, Miami V.A. Medical Center.
But Dr. Feld says if we do have another round of Gulf War illness after this war, health officials will be ready to look for a pattern of illness to get some answers. This time, in preparing for this conflict in the Middle East, he says the troops went through a special health screening with blood samples taken and frozen before the war for comparison, if need be, after the war.