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Gulf War Newsletter - 2018

Gulf War Newsletter: Information for Veterans who served in operations desert shield and desert storm and their families

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Dr. Loren Erickson , MD, MPH, DrPH

As the Director and Chief Consultant for VA’s Post Deployment Health Services and as a Veteran myself, I welcome you to this issue of the yearly Gulf War Newsletter. Inside this issue you will find information about new VA research studies that are currently recruiting across the country, tips on obtaining benefits for Gulf War illnesses or injuries, VA’s effort to create a single case definition for chronic multisymptom illness/Gulf War illness, and more. This issue is the last issue to be available both in your mailbox and online, so please look for our newsletter online only in the future. More information on how to find this newsletter online is also covered in this issue.

Post Deployment Health Services is a VA-Delivered Foundational Service, meaning its work is fundamental to VA’s mission and is rarely found outside of VA. Our office is committed to producing this newsletter and running a variety of other activities focusing on the health effects of environmental and occupational exposures experienced by deployed Veterans. Post Deployment Health Services conducts research, monitors disease conditions and their relationship to exposures, oversees registry programs (including the Gulf War Registry), recommends policy, and develops educational materials. Learn more about all that VA’s Post Deployment Health Services has to offer at


In this issue...

C&P Evaluations: For disability compensation, see your provider for a health exam first
For best results with Compensation & Pension (C&P) evaluations, Veterans should get a medical examination beforehand.  

Filing a claim for disability compensation
VA can provide Gulf War Veterans with disability compensation for symptoms that cannot be diagnosed or explained. Read tips on filing a claim.

Gulf War Newsletter going online only in 2019
The yearly Gulf War newsletter will be available online only beginning in 2019.

VA and DoD: Working together to define Gulf War illness
VA and the Department of Defense are working together to create a definition for medically unexplained, chronic symptoms commonly known as Gulf War illness or chronic multisymptom illness.

Researchers are recruiting Gulf War Veterans for health studies – Find a study near you
VA researchers across the country are working on research studies on Gulf War Veterans’ health concerns. See the list of research studies currently recruiting Veterans.

All compensation and pension medical examiners now taking training on Gulf War illness
To ensure that C&P medical examiners are prepared to conduct the Gulf War general medical exam, all examiners are required to take a 90-minute, web-based course on Gulf War illnesses. 

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