• Veteran Disability (VADA)

Service In The Gulf War

Gulf War Service

For VA benefit purposes, Gulf War service is active military duty in any of the following areas in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations at any time August 2, 1990 to present. This includes Veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2010) and Operation New Dawn (2010-2011).

Iraq

Kuwait

Saudi Arabia

The neutral zone between Iraq and Saudi Arabia

Bahrain

Qatar

The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)

Oman

Gulf of Aden

Gulf of Oman

Waters of the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea

The airspace above these locations


Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses

Certain illnesses are associated with Gulf War service in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations from August 2, 1990 to present. Medically unexplained illnesses (also commonly referred to as Gulf War illness or Chronic Multi-symptom illness) are a significant concern for some Veterans who served during the Gulf War.

VA offers eligible Veterans a free Gulf War Registry health exam to find possible long-term health problems related to Gulf War service. VA also offers health care, disability compensation, and other benefits to eligible Veterans. Their dependents and survivors may also be eligible for benefits.


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