On July 27, 2010, Stephen Hauser, M.D., testified before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Dr. Hauser served as the chair of the IOM’s Committee on Gulf War and Health: Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War, Update 2009, which released its report in April 2010. During the hearing, called Gulf War Illness: The Future for Dissatisfied Veterans, Dr. Hauser presented the IOM’s most recent findings on the health effects of serving in the Gulf War. The IOM found that military service in the Persian Gulf War is a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder in some veterans and is also associated with multisymptom illness; gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome; substance abuse, particularly alcoholism; and psychiatric problems such as anxiety disorder.
Read the IOM's report Gulf War and Health: Volume 8. Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War.