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Gulf War Syndrome


During the Persian Gulf War, August 2, 1990 – February 28, 1991, troops with the United States military were fortunate in not having high death or casualty rates. However, veterans of the Persian Gulf War have often been diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. This illness presents itself with  symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, skin disorders, abnormal weight loss and menstrual problems. However, no exact diagnosis is available.

Veterans who served in this theater get from the Veteran’s Administration (VA) a free and comprehensive medical checkup, complete with laboratory and other diagnostic tests ordered by a VA doctor. The results of these exams are reviewed one-on-one with the doctor and the veteran. Examination results go into a VA database to aid the VA in determining the types of illnesses being reported by Persian Gulf veterans. To take part in the data base call 1-800-749-8387 to register. Participants in the data base may call that same number to learn of VA programs, benefits and current information Persian Gulf Syndrome.

Those veterans of the Persian Gulf War suffering from chronic disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses while on active duty in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations during the Persian Gulf War through December 31,2001 might be eligible for disability.

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