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Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses

Certain illnesses are associated with service in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations starting August 2, 1990, through the current conflict in Iraq, and in some instances, Afghanistan.

Conditions associated with such service are generally classified into two separate groups:

  • Medically Unexplained: A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems.
  • Infectious Diseases: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) presumes that certain infectious diseases relate to military service in Southwest Asia.

Benefits for qualifying Veterans may include, and are not limited to:

  • VA Healthcare and treatment
  • Disability Compensation
  • Gulf War Registry Exam

Additional Information

For additional information about Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses, please the following VA link at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/index.asp

Need more help?

For assistance, including applying for benefits and services, please schedule an appointment with a New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs (NYS DVA) State Veterans Counselor.

Call the DVA Help Line at 1.888.838.7697, or contact the DVA by email.

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