Returning Persian Gulf war veterans will be at lower risk than their Vietnam counterparts for post-traumatic stress because the war was shorter and the country is more supportive, the Army's chief doctor said.

"I don't think that they need to be treated with kid gloves," Brig. Gen. Ronald Blanck said of vets who will return home over the next several months. "I think they need to be treated supportively, as the American public has been doing, with appreciation for what they have done."Blanck also said stress should also be lower now because the military has a better understanding of the problem than it did during Vietnam, and is planning to track and counsel at-risk vets.