Military Health History Pocket Card
GULF WAR - Unique Health Risks

Military Environmental Exposures

Immunizations: Anthrax, Botulinum Toxoid, Smallpox, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Cholera, Hepatitis B, Meningitis, Whooping Cough, Polio, Tetanus

Infectious Diseases: Malaria, Brucellosis, Campylobacter jejuni, Coxiella burnetii, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, nontyphoid Salmonella, Shigella, visceral Leishmaniasis, West Nile Virus

VA Gulf War Veterans Information Helpline: 1-800-PGW-VETS



For VA benefit purposes, Gulf War Veterans are defined as those who served on active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations any time during the Gulf War starting August 2, 1990 through the Iraq War and subsequent reduced operations in Iraq. Military operations include Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn.

Gulf War Veterans have experienced illnesses that led VA and others to research whether exposures during the Gulf War caused the symptoms. VA presumes certain medically unexplained symptoms and illnesses are related to Gulf War service. Eligible Veterans may receive VA disability compensation and health care benefits. Surviving spouses, dependent children, and dependent parents of Gulf War Veterans who died as the result of illnesses related to Gulf War service may be eligible for survivors' benefits.

VA offers eligible Veterans a free Gulf War Registry health exam for possible long-term health problems related to Gulf War service.


Department of Veterans Affairs Website
Veterans Health Initiative
Independent study courses developed to recognize the connection between certain health effects and military service.

Department of Veterans Affairs Website
Gulf War Illnesses- Information for Veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003

Department of Veterans Affairs Website
Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards

Department of Veterans Affairs Website
Hepatitis C Research and Education - You will find current information about hepatitis C to meet your needs as a VA health care provider.

Department of Veterans Affairs Website
Woman Veterans Health Program