VA and research organizations evaluated exposure to pyridostigmine bromide (PB), an anti-nerve agent pill Gulf War Veterans may have taken during military service, as a possible cause of chronic multisymptom illnesses.
VA has concluded that the evidence does not support an association. Read the Federal Register notice for the rationale behind VA’s decision.
VA still, however, presumes certain medically unexplained illnesses are related to Gulf War service without regard to cause.
Gulf War Veterans may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including a Gulf War Registry health exam, the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, health care, and disability compensation for diseases related to military service. Their dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.
Learn more about benefits related to Gulf War service.
VA continues to monitor Gulf War Veterans’ health issues and conduct research. Below are reports on past research on PB and Gulf War Veterans starting with the most recent report.
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