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Gulf War registry health exam

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

The Gulf War Registry health exam is a free evaluation for Veterans who served in the Gulf during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, or New Dawn. Veterans can learn about possible health problems related to environmental exposures during military service. Participants receive a comprehensive health exam, including an exposure and medical history, laboratory tests if needed, and a physical exam. Follow-up evaluations are available if a Veteran has a new health concern or a change in their health status.

Are you interested in having a Gulf War Registry health exam? Veterans do not need to be enrolled in VA health care to participate. Contact your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator and find out more at

How many Gulf War registry exams were conducted?

  • Initial exam: 181,914
  • Follow-up exams: 1,472
  • Total (initial + follow-up): 183,386 as of 12/31/2016
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