Gulf War Presumptive Disabilities
You Must Register In Gulf War Registry
If you are a veteran who served on active duty in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War, which began 1990 and continues to present, including Operation Iraqi Freedom, you are eligible for a Gulf War Registry examination. This includes service in one of the following areas:
- The Neutral Zone (between Iraq and Saudi Arabia)
- Saudi Arabia
- The United Arab Emirates
- Gulf of Oman
- Gulf of Aden
- Waters of the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea and Red Sea
A health registry examination is a personalized and comprehensive examination that includes blood work, urinalysis, and where medically indicated, a chest x-ray and EKG.
Following the examination, the results of the physical examination and laboratory tests are provided to the veteran both face-to-face and in a follow-up letter. Also, the results of this examination are maintained in the veterans’ medical record.
The examination is available to all eligible veterans with no co-payment requirement. The health registry examination provides an opportunity to enroll in the VA health care system. However, veterans do not have to enroll to receive the registry examination.
In addition to the Gulf War registry examination, if you have been identified as having possible Depleted Uranium (DU) exposure during your military service in the Gulf War, or you have concerns about potential exposure to DU, you may request a DU evaluation. The DU evaluation involves urine testing.
Register for Gulf War Information Syndrome Session
Burn Pit Bill
If a new Burn Pit bill [Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act] becomes law, if diagnosed with the following conditions, veterans may make a presumptive claim:
• Asthma diagnosed after service
• Head cancer of any kind
• Neck cancer of any kind
• Respiratory cancer of any kind
• Gastrointestinal cancer of any kind
• Reproductive cancer of any kind
• Lymphoma of any kind
• Kidney cancer
• Brain cancer
• Chronic bronchitis
• Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
• Constrictive bronchiolitis or obliterative bronchiolitis
• Granulomatous disease
• Interstitial lung disease
• Pulmonary fibrosis