After the Vietnam War, the American public lost any interest in running head first into another conflict in a far off country. The Cold war raged on, but the U.S. avoided any major armed engagement for nearly the next 20 years. During that time, new threats emerged to threaten the security of the United States and its allies abroad. The Middle East steadily developed into a volatile environment, which started to become a hotbed of controversy and violence. In the 1970’s, the American reliance on foreign oil caused nation-wide shortages and subsequent sticker-shock at the pumps. In the midst of this, the Iran hostage crisis occurred, where 52 American diplomats from the embassy in Tehran were held hostage for more than a year by sympathizers of the Iranian Revolution. The Soviet Union began a war in Afghanistan against the mujahedeen, which stretched over a period of 10 years from 1979-1989. Also raging during this time was the Iran-Iraq War, which pitted Saddam Hussein-led Iraq against Iran which had just gone through its own revolution. In the aftermath of this conflict, Saddam Hussein became known on the world scene as a brutal dictator, who was accused of using chemical weapons against the rival Kurds.
The next domino to fall in the Middle East was the 1990 Iraqi invasion of neighboring Kuwait, an ally of the United States. The United Nations responded to this act of aggression by issuing an ultimatum to Iraq, that if they did not vacate Kuwait by January of 1991 military force would be used against them. After Iraq did not comply, the United States led a coalition of forces including Britain, France, the Soviet Union and others in ‘Operation Desert Storm’. The conflict began with airstrikes against multiple targets in Iraq, as the coalition forces desired to minimize combat casualties on the ground. After many communication centers, weapon depots and oil refineries were neutralized, the allies began their offensive on the ground coined ‘Operation Desert Sabre’. There was very little resistance during the ground offensive, as it only lasted a mere 4 days. Fortunately for the coalition forces, the war ended as quickly as it had begun, with a ceasefire declared on February 28, 1991 by then President George H.W. Bush. The casualties were meager, if measured by previous wars, with only 300 casualties on the side of the coalition forces.
The Persian Gulf War was quick and decisive, as the U.S. led forces displayed their air and ground superiority over their enemy. Once again, our veterans displayed courage and tenacity in the face of danger. Regardless of the conflicts that our veterans are involved in, they are protectors of our freedom, and deserve the best care that they can get. Here To Help Home Care has developed our ‘Veteran Assistance Program’, which seeks to provide top-notch care to our veterans. We are dedicated to provide care with minimal delay, so that our veterans will not be left behind without the care they need.