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VA Gulf War Program

Gulf War Newsletter: Information for Veterans who served in operations desert shield and desert storm and their families
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VA serves Gulf War Veterans through registries, research, education, and more. Read below to see all that VA offers:

  • VA runs two legislatively mandated registries, the Gulf War Registry and the newer Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. The Gulf War Registry is a no-cost exam that can lead to consults with other specialists and further testing, when indicated. The Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry includes an online questionnaire where you can document your exposures and report health concerns, and you can schedule a no-cost exam if desired.
  • VA has conducted a considerable amount of research on Gulf War Veterans, looking at causes of Gulf War illness, treatments, and more. Read about VA research, including research from the VA Office of Research and Development.
  • VA has commissioned the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), an independent organization that provides objective advice based on the available science, to review and report on Gulf War exposures and health. Read about the latest volume in this series of reports from NAM in this newsletter.
  • The War Related Illness and Injury Study Center provides extensive research, education, and treatments for Gulf War Veterans.
  • VA has a Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses that advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Gulf War research.
  • VA reaches out to Gulf War Veterans through newsletters, social media including Facebook and Twitter, hosting Veteran “listening sessions,” and working closely with Veterans Service Organizations.
  • VA collaborates with the Department of Defense on research and has an ongoing, large-scale project to better define and treat Gulf War illness.
  • VA has created several webinars and online learning modules for providers on topics such as Gulf War illness and chronic-multisymptom illness. Learn more in this newsletter.
  • VA has presented on Gulf War illness and other topics at professional conferences.

Learn more about programs, research, and benefits for Gulf War Veterans.