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Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses


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RAC Documents and Reports

Read the Committee's recommendations and reports to the VA Secretary.

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Gulf War-related Links

Learn about illnesses associated with Gulf War service from August 2, 1990 to present.

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The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses was created by Congress in 1998, and first appointed by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi in January 2002.

According to its charter, the guiding principle for the work of the Committee shall be the premise that the fundamental goal of Gulf War-related government research is to improve the health of ill Gulf War veterans.

The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses (the RAC) provides advice and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on proposed research studies, plans, and strategies related to understanding and treating the health consequences of military service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the 1990 - 1991 Gulf War.

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Are you or a loved one a Gulf War veteran that struggles with health issues? The VA RAC-GWVI would like to learn about the health concerns most important to Gulf War veterans so that it may advise the VA Secretary on these issues. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses will be hosting a Veteran Engagement Session at the Atlanta VAMC February  3 & 4, 2020.

More details can be found here: Flyer - Veteran Engagement Session Atlanta VAMC

Operation Desert Storm

This week marks 29 years from the first night’s mission of Operation Desert Storm.  On Jan 17, 1991 at ten seconds before 2:38 in a moonless sky over Iraq, eight US Army AH-64 Apache helicopters zeroed in on their targets and destroyed Iraqi air defense radar installations. This successful mission would open a path to Baghdad for warplanes of the coalition arrayed against Saddam Hussein.



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