Gulf War Illnesses

Are you a veteran of a Gulf War who has a question about Gulf War illnesses? This Web page is a good starting point for researching answers to your questions. Here you'll find links to reports, brochures, fact sheets, journal article summaries, and other articles about Gulf War illnesses.

U.S. Gulf War veterans include those who have served in the following military operations:

  • Operation Desert Shield (ODS),
  • Operation Desert Storm (ODS),
  • Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

Gulf War veterans were exposed to a wide variety of environmental hazards and potential harmful substances during their service in Southwest Asia. Many of the risk factors faced by Gulf War veterans include:
  • depleted uranium,
  • pesticides,
  • the anti-nerve gas pill pyridostigmine bromide,
  • infectious diseases,
  • chemical and biological warfare agents,
  • vaccinations (including anthrax and botulinum toxoid),
  • oil well free smoke and petroleum products,
  • and other health risk factors encountered by Gulf War veterans.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) cares about Gulf War veterans and has developed a comprehensive program to help you. This includes quantity medical care services, disability compensation, scientific research, outreach, and education.

The VA also offers a Gulf War Veterans Information Helpline: 1-800-PGW-VETS or 1-800-749-8387. This helpline assists the veteran in obtaining: marital or family counseling, disability compensation, or information about the wide range of benefit programs administered by the VA.

Individuals with first-hand information about "incidents" that occurred in the theater of operations during the Gulf War and that may be related to health problems experienced by individuals who served in the War: call the DoD "Incidents" Hotline at 1-800-497-6261.

There are also many national veterans and military service organizations that provide assistance and representation for millions of veterans, servicemembers, and their families through world-wide networks.

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Submitted on: 11-Sep-2006