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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:


Additional Assistance:

If you would like to learn more about the benefits and services you may be eligible for as a Veteran, servicemember, or as a family member of a Veteran or servicemember, please call the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs Help Line at 1.888.838.7697 (VETSNYS), where you may also schedule an appointment with one of our Veterans Benefits Advisors.

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