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Persian Gulf War

Gulf War Veterans Benefits

Persian Gulf Wars

Veterans have experienced chronic disabilities resulting from undiagnosed or unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses. The following conditions have been identified as service-connected by the Veterans Administration:

Symptoms of Undiagnosed Illness

  • Abnormal Weight Loss
  • Cardiovascular
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Headache
  • Joint Pain
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Muscle Pain
  • Neurological
  • Neuropsychological
  • Skin Disorders
  • Upper and Lower Respiratory
  • Sleep Disturbances

Unexplained Clusters of Symptoms

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Infectious Diseases

  • Brucellosis
  • Campylobacter Jejuni
  • Coxiella Burnetii (known as Q FeverA)
  • Malaria
  • Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
  • Nontyphoid Salmonella
  • Shigella
  • Visceral Leishmaniasis
  • West Nile Virus

Currently, legislative leaders are considering creating a presumptive list specific to veterans serving in the conflicts of Southwest Asia from 1991 to present. We will continue to monitor the process of these developments.

Apply for Benefits with an Alpha Advocate – Vets Helping Vets

If you do not receive a fully favorable decision from the VA, or you disagree with the percentage given to your disability, we can help you appeal for more.

It can take months, in many cases, years, for the VA to grant benefits. If you think you have a service-connected disability, or need help to prove that you do, the Alpha team is ready to help you.

Contact us to get started on your claim.

Note: All representation coordinated by Alpha is provided by our employees, the Advocates, who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). No private organization that trains and employs accredited agents has been legally recognized by the VA for the purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. This work must be done by the Advocates themselves and not organizations.


17 comments to “Persian Gulf War”

  • lanando shannon, October 20, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    hello i applied for va benefits, the person i talked with act like she didnt want to put my claim in , i’ve not heard a response back, is there anyone else other that the claim department at va hospital i can put in , i have problems, i am now going to va to get check out , the when i talk to the doctors , they act like i dont know what im talking about, nightsweats, body aching, eyes burning like someone threw pepper spray on me, etc. if you can help respond back thank you

  • Allen Gumpenberger, October 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    We can try. Since you posted to our GWS page, I assume that you feel these unexplained symptoms are related to your service in Southwest Asia. Please call us to arrange an appointment with one of our advocates. 877.611.7724

  • Trevor D., May 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    hello, i’ve served in the gulf war with the 1st inf. div. and left the military in 1994. after leaving the military i started having problems with my ears, like popping and a clogged up feeling a lot of dizziness and balance problems. well i went to the va hospital and the doctor told me is was nothing but a mild infection, so medication was prescribed. so years later round about 2006 i started to get ear problems again, but this time something different, my ears were draining from the back. i also picked up several more illnesses, muscle pains, numbness in the arms and fingers, neck and shoulder arthritis and a lot of migraine headaches. started back with the va hospital a year ago since the 90’s. if you can help out please let me know, thank you.

  • Alpha, May 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

    If we can help you, we will. Please call us at 877.611.7724 to talk to an Alpha advocate who can assess your information and determine if your symptoms could be service-related.

  • Robert Baas (Sparky), June 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I just read thru. the symptoms of undiagnost illness’, and noticed I might have some of these illness’, should i inform my primary doctor at the YA of this and add these to my claim for Comp.?

  • Alpha, July 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

    You should add any condition that you feel is related to your military service and let the VA develop these issues to determine whether they can establish service connection for each disability.

  • Gordon Day, January 13, 2012 at 5:05 am

    I was state side and now have PTSD and heart problem, along with hearing and hip/knee problems. The military is sweeping me under the rug. Any chances of help? There is much more.

  • Alpha, January 13, 2012 at 10:46 am


    If we can help, we will. Give us a call and we will review your claim at 1-877-611-7724. It might come down to what exactly caused your PTSD, but we would like to try.

  • Plank Owner, January 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I was given a 10% rating for Mitral Valve Prolapse after Honorable discharge from the Navy. I had open heart surgery in 2000 to repair valve, percentage was increased to 30%. I was told recently by cardiologist that no more medicines would treat the regurgitation that has recently went to moderate from mild. I will have to have another surgery in the near future, was my 30% rating increase after heart surgery fair? I hear of less medical problems than mine with more compensation than mine???????

  • Alpha, January 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

    You should seek a higher rating;it sounds like your condition has become more severe. Whether the evaluation is fair, is a matter of perception. As Advocates, our position is to pursue the highest evaluation possible given the available rating criteria. Evaluations for each condition as determined by the rating criteria for that disability. For heart disease, the next higher evaluation is generally 60% and then 100%. One aspect many disabled veterans fail to raise is the emotional toll that a service related disability has on their quality of life. If you suffer depression or anxiousness as a result of your significant heart disease, you should discuss this with your VA doctor as well. If you would like our assistance, please call us at 877-611-7724. We can help.

  • Terry, February 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I am a Gulf War Vet, honorable discharged in 94, i have no VA claim disability at this time, i initiated the procedure in Dec 2011, i have for years dealt with multiple illiness(symptons) that i can’t explain ie: muscle/joint pain, depression, anxiety and positve TB after returning from the Gulf. I have a two questions. #1. Is there any corrulation between flu vaccination, MMR and other vaccines with onset of symptoms initially post deployment or also triggering episodes?
    #2. Is there any studies are clinical proof that vet’s of the gulf war being 20 yrs later suffer from more cardiovascular issues ie; mitral valve prolapse, coronary artery disease, abnormal heart beat in regards to vet’s that weren’t deployed and civilians(no military service) of the same age group. I would just like to say to all my fellow veterans, get evaluated via a physical exam and if your physician seems unable or unwilling to listen to you use all your intestinal forditude to find the truth and answers, we served honorably and we deserve not only compensation but a piece of mind and the comfort in knowing that our country cares. I’m 44yrs old it shouldn’t hurt this bad, i would never go to sick call when i was in the Army hardcore 24/7, now i’m still hardcore but i’m not to proud to seek some help, I thank God he’s given me the wisdom to ask for it.

  • Alpha, February 28, 2012 at 9:46 am


    In our experience, we have found no correlation between that vaccines and the later development of a condition. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist, nor would it mean that we wouldn’t entertain evidence that would support a relationship. Furthermore, we know of no studies that show a higher statistical incident in the development of coronary artery disease when compared to the general population. If you can find such a study, it might help establish some plausibility to your position. You are right, you guys deserve every bit as much respect and consideration and if an exposure, or even the vaccine, caused an illness, you should be compensated.

  • Lindalsmb, August 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Just recently suffered a severe migraine, this past Friday. Have had them since returning from Saudi. !5th FSB 1 Calvary Division, Ft. Hood Texas. Have over 20 symptoms that have intensified since 2007. Thyroid and Parathyroid-ectomies due to Parathyroid Hyperplasia. And all the muscle/joint/bone aches, lethargy, innability to focus, endurance almost down to nil, sweats/night sweats, shaking, irregular bowels from constipations to diarrhea, irregular heart beats, extreme hard pounding of my heart, diagnosed with Asthma on “return” from Saudi, diagnosed with mitro-valve-regurgitation due to a valve flap that does not close completely now. And now?…all labs/doctor exams….”with in normal limits”. How can this be the case?..and the symptoms are all still there. Endocrinology has signed me off after Thyroid/Parathyroid ectomies, all labs now normal. OB Gyn now working me up for “POSSIBLE”…pre-menopausal symptoms. That I have been having since returning from Saudi? for the past 20+ years. Increase or complete shutdown happened in 2007. When all 20+ symptoms all came together and put me down. “Hoo-Ah!” “Hoo-ah!” my entire career, 300+ on P.T. test, now I am good if I can walk around a track..let alone “WOG Jog + walk”…balance is off, feel as if I will topple over at any given minute, endurance gone, “IF” I do push myself to excercise with any simulation close to what I did in the past…I pay for it the next day..next week….acheing, hurting, pain in bones, joints, muscles as if I went to complete muscle failure….when in all actuality?…I only minimally pushed myself physically. It is like a really bad joke is being played on me. I am being told that “THIS” is what happens when we “age”. Especially as a woman?….that “THIS” is what happens during “menopause”. Even though it was happening…YEARS ago also? But now they can blame Menopause?..or my Thyroid/Parathyroid issues?….but no..they fixed that because all my labs “Say” they have fixed that. I have been told that they may refer me to Psych, may be psychological. ???? really? The migraine I had this past Friday night, that woke me from a dead knocked out sleep?….that lasted over 4 hours?…had me puking?..and I could barely even think…to try to text my husband?….is psychological? My joints aching like I am a 90 year old with chronic arthritis?…my “bones” aching?…the tingling and numbness and weakness in my extremeties?…. heart palpatations?…foggy mind?…sweats followed by extreme bouts of “cold”…where I have to stand in the shower to get warm..and it is 80+ degrees outside? Yes..I am going through all this also. I have had all the symptoms off and on sincen Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Blackouts when I got back stateside for first year. Plus all above symptoms. But in 2007 was like someone threw a switch…and all the symptoms hit me at once like a freight train. I could not work, drive, function. Now “they”, the V.A. docs, are all saying it was attributed to my Parathyroid/Thyroid issues. But symptoms are still there. Still happening. And increasing again as time goes on. I took your number down. I will be calling. This just shook me to my core to read another person’s story on here. Mirrored ……me. I am scared. What happened to us there?….what really happened…for all of us to have same symtoms? And all being told ….”nothing is wrong”?…all labs normal.

  • Lindalsmb, August 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    By the way, I will be 46 years old September 8th this year. I used to the “SPECIMEN OF HEALTH”. It is hard to even acknowledge, the person I am today. I feel like an alien has stepped in. I look in the mirror, and I don’t even recognize myself anymore. I am “SO” not the person, I used to be. Nothing even resembling who I used to be. I feel awful for my husband, my kids. I just am not who, or what, I used to be. Yes, it has affected me, very, very, very…deeply. I do not identify with this “thing” I have become. I am now everything, that I used to scoff and turn my head against. Weak, sick, sorry. “Broke D-ck” person. I keep looking for an answer. “SOME THING” to fix…me. Keep running into dead ends. And now question myself. “Is it JUST me?….my head?”…………until the migraine a few days ago. “THAT” is real, not psychological…and jolts me back to reality. Then I go searching again…and run across blogs like this…and read testimonials…that mirror…….what is going on with me. And there is hope again. I need help with this. I am not the only one having these issues. Again, I will call this number. Thank you.

  • K Strickland, September 27, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I served with the 82nd Airborne and was deployed to the Gulf War. I left the service with an honorable discharge. I was always healthy and active and joined the police department in 1995. In 2006 at the age of 36 I was diagnosed with multiple myelome. Doctors at the time stated I was most likely exposed to something(chemicals) or the anthrax vaccine combined with PB tabs may have triggered this cancer. I filed for benefits but was denied and my appeal was denied as well. It is has been about four years since I looked into this matter and would like to know if any thing has changed that would allow for benefits or if I would just be setting myself up for another “no” from the government.

  • The Byrdman, October 17, 2012 at 6:39 am

    How will compensation affect your military retired pay? Can you receive both?

  • Eric, January 19, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I served in Desert Storm. At 46 years old I am plagued with degenerative cervical disk disease, sleep issues, upper respiratory problems joint pain. How can you help me? Also what is the cost for services? I have never entertained seeking compensation until I noticed that my peers who did not serve seem to have less physical issues than I do. Thank you.