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Research on Health Effects of Gulf War Service

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VA and other organizations conduct research evaluating the health effects of service in the Gulf during Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

You also may want to conduct an extensive search on Gulf War Veterans health through the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s PubMed.

VA epidemiology studies on Gulf War Veterans

VA’s Epidemiology Program is conducting a multiyear health survey of 1990-91 Gulf War-era Veterans to find out how their health has changed over time.

Researchers conducted an initial survey in 1995, a second survey in 2005, and a third survey in 2012. Results from the third survey are expected mid 2014.

Past findings show deployed Veterans reported a higher prevalence of unexplained multisymptom illness and poorer health than non-deployed Veterans.

View more publications from the Epidemiology Program.

VA War Related Illness and Injury Study Center research

VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) offers services to combat Veterans, families, and healthcare providers on deployment-related health concerns. Also, the WRIISC conducts research that looks at post-deployment health issues and medically unexplained symptoms.

Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of the Sciences

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences is a non-government organization that evaluates scientific literature and provides advice. By law, VA contracts with the IOM to scientifically review evidence for possible connections between Gulf War Veterans’ illnesses and exposure to toxic agents, environmental or wartime hazards, or preventive medicine during military service.

Find out more about IOM reports and VA findings.

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses

Congress created the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses in 1998 to make recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs about government research on health effects of military service during the Gulf War. View recently funded research studies and recently published research articles.

Read about the November 2008 RAC report and VA's conclusions.

DeployMed ResearchLINK

DeployMed ResearchLINK is a central resource of information on federally funded medical research related to deployments from the 1990-1991 Gulf War forward. DeployMed ResearchLINK is a collaborative effort of the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Health and Human Services.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 15:02  

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The issuance or replacement of military service medals, awards and decorations must be requested in writing.

Requests should be submitted in writing to the appropriate military service branch division of the NPRC. Standard form (SF 180), available through the VA, is recommended to submit your request. Generally, there is no charge for medal or award replacements. For more information, or for the mailing address of the military branch office to submit your request to, call 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272) or visit the NPRC website at