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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Gulf War Veterans

Gulf War Veterans who develop Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) do not have to prove a connection between their illnesses and service to be eligible to receive VA disability compensation. ME/CFS must have emerged during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations or by December 31, 2021, and be at least 10 percent disabling.

Man with extreme fatigue

For more information about ME/CFS and its treatment see the Veterans Health Library  or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

Health concerns?

If you are concerned about chronic fatigue, talk to your health care provider or contact your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator to help you get more information from a health care provider.

Not yet enrolled in the VA health care system? Find out if you qualify for VA health care.

VA benefits

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.

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.

Research

A study on Gulf War Veterans' health by VA found that 1990-1991 Gulf War deployment is associated with an increased risk for ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, skin conditions, and dyspepsia.

View more research on health effects of Gulf War service.

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