VA offers a variety of health care benefits to Gulf War Veterans, including a Gulf War Registry health exam and clinical treatment at VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Center.
Gulf War Registry health exam
VA offers a free Gulf War Registry health exam to all Veterans who served in the Gulf during the 1990-1991 Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn.
Veterans do not need to be enrolled in the VA health care system to receive the Gulf War Registry health exam.
VA’s Gulf War Registry health exam is a voluntary medical exam to track the special health concerns of Gulf War Veterans. The collected data enables VA to understand and address health problems more effectively.
Eligibility for health care
Veterans first must enroll in VA’s health care system to receive care. There are many ways a Veteran may qualify, including:
- Served in the Persian Gulf from August 2, 1990 to November 11, 1998
- Served in a combat theater after November 11, 1998 (extended period of eligibility for 5 years after discharge)
- Have a military service-connected disability
Treatment at VA War Related Illness and Injury Study Center
VA's War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) provides clinical expertise for Veterans with deployment health concerns or difficult-to-diagnose illnesses. WRIISCs are in three locations: Washington, DC; East Orange, NJ; and Palo Alto, CA.
For an appointment at a WRIISC, you need to get a referral from a VA primary care doctor. You must be enrolled in and receiving VA health care. Learn how to get a referral to a WRIISC.