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.
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
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.
- Gulf War Registry: Get an exam for possible long-term health problems related to Gulf War service, including during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
- Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry: Document your exposures and health concerns through an online questionnaire.
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 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.