Gulf War Illness

The VA has opened up certain presumptive diseases for Veterans who served during the Gulf War. 

In accordance with 38 CFR 3.317, VA presumes certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for 6 months or more are related to Gulf War service without regard to cause.  These illnesses include: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), insomnia, morning stiffness, headache, and memory problems. Undiagnosed illnesses with symptoms that may include but are not limited to: abnormal weight loss, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain, headache, menstrual disorders, neurological and psychological problems, skin conditions, respiratory disorders, and sleep disturbances.

For more information, visit your local County Veterans Service Office 

Gulf War Veterans may also be eligible for: Gulf War Registry health exam, a free exam for possible long-term health problems associated with Gulf War service during the 1990-1991 Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation New Dawn. You don't need to be enrolled in VA health care to take part.