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Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses


Certain illnesses are associated with Gulf War service in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations from August 2, 1990 to present. Medically unexplained illnesses (also commonly referred to as Gulf War illness or Chronic Multi-symptom illness) are a significant concern for some Veterans who served during the Gulf War.

VA offers eligible Veterans a free Gulf War Registry health exam to find possible long-term health problems related to Gulf War service. VA also offers health care, disability compensation, and other benefits to eligible Veterans.  Their dependents and survivors may also be eligible for benefits.



Exposures - Presumptive Conditions - benefits

WRIISC War Related Illness and Injury Study Center

The War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) is a national program dedicated to Veterans’ post-deployment health concerns and unique health care needs. We develop and provide post-deployment health expertise to Veterans and their health care providers through clinical care, research, education, and risk communication. As a tertiary care center, we partner with referring providers and their health care teams to support the care of Veterans. The WRIISC is part of VA’s Post Deployment Health Services, a VA Delivered Foundational Service. This means our work is fundamental to VA’s mission and is rarely found outside of VA. 


If you have any questions, please contact the WRIISC closest to you.

Who Can I Contact For More Information?

Please contact your regional WRIISC clinical program coordinator.

• For the CA WRIISC, this number is 1-888-482-4376.

• For the DC WRIISC, this number is 202-745-8249.

• For the NJ WRIISC, this number is 973-676-1000 ext. 2500.


War Related Illness and injury study center

external support

National Gulf War Rescource Center

National Gulf War Research Center

The NGWRC provides education, advocacy and support for veterans   suffering from the complexities of modern warfare. In 2006 the NGWRC   started the Veteran of Modern Warfare as a 501C19 VSO. This was to give veterans from 1990 through today a group of thier own with service   officers.

Gulf Link

Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses

Overview, Case Narratives, Environmental Exposure Reports, Information Papers, and RAND reports from the 1990's gulf war

Request Your Military Service Records

National Archives to Request your Military Service Records

Military personnel records can include DD 214s/Separation Documents, service personnel records found within the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), and medical Records. Military personnel records can be used for proving military service or as a valuable tool in genealogical research.Please note that NPRC holds historical Military Personnel Records of nearly 100 million veterans. The vast majority of these records are paper-based and not available online. 

Army Public Health Center

Direct link to chemical warfare agent exposure site

During Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, Service members who demolished or handled older explosive ordnance may have been exposed to chemical warfare agents.


The Department of Defense (DOD) addresses the exposure information on this site.

38 CFR Book C, Schedule Rating for Disabilities

Veteran's Bible

  Veteran's Bible to Success in VA Disability Claims  

Freedom of Information Request

The official website of the Military Health System

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Federal agencies and components are required to make records available to the public unless one of nine (9) specific exemptions authorizes their withholding. 

Please use this form to file a FOIA Request. Please complete all required fields.