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Health Care for Gulf War Veterans

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.

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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

Find out if you qualify for VA health care.

Apply online for VA health care.

Gulf War Registry and Burn Pit Registry

You do not need to enroll in VA's health care system to take part in health registries. Contact your local environmental health coordinator to learn more.

The collected data enables VA to understand and address health problems more effectively.

Treatment at 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. You must be enrolled in and receiving VA health care. Learn how to get a referral to a WRIISC.

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