If you or a family member are a 1990-91 Gulf War Veteran and are wanting to learn about new developments and research in the treatment of Gulf War Illness, that opportunity is coming Sept. 21-22.

The VA Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses is hosting a hybrid (live and virtual) committee meeting starting on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET and concluding Sept. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon ET.

This meeting will include updates to the landscape of Gulf War Illness and military exposure research from the 1990-91 Gulf War presented by an impressive panel of VA and non-VA subject matter experts. The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses will present their 2021 committee recommendations and receive updates from the VA Gulf War Research Program and other relevant VA and non-VA research programs.

The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses subcommittee will provide a report on Gulf War Veteran responses and input from recent Veteran Engagement Sessions. Thirty minutes will be provided at the end of each day for public comment.

All meetings free and open to the public

This meeting will be held at VA’s Sonny Montgomery Room (room 230), 810 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20420. The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses meets several times per year to fulfill its mission to advise the VA secretary on ways to improve the health and well-being of 1990-91 Gulf War Veterans.

All Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses meetings are free and open to the public.

Attending remotely

For interested parties who cannot attend in person, this meeting will also be available by videoconference by connecting to Webex at the following URLs:

Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

Sept. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon ET

For more information about this meeting and other Gulf War Veteran-related items, visit the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses website at: www.va.gov/RAC-GWVI/

To receive notifications on this and future meetings, please send a request to varacgwvi@va.gov or check the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses website for upcoming details: Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Home (va.gov).

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Although over 30 years have passed since America’s Armed Forces were deployed in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, many Veterans continue to struggle with a range of symptoms related to their military service. Continued research on Gulf War Illness remains of critical importance for improving diagnosis and treatment of 1990-91 Gulf War Veterans.

The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses is a Congressionally mandated committee under the VA Federal Advisory Committee Act. It meets several times each year to provide advice and make recommendations to the VA Secretary 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 1990-91 Gulf War.

All Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses and Veteran Engagement Session meetings are open to Veterans and their family members, physicians, scientists and members of the general public.

By Dan Sloper

Technical writer and editor, Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses

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4 Comments

  1. Walter Hair September 22, 2022 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    How many tired 1231 1989 however I had an active duty flights into the gulf war area during desert storm prior to 1910 Nani will lie still be considered for presumptive illnesses since I was a flight engineer and had boots on the ground during that time

  2. Johnathan September 22, 2022 at 3:50 am - Reply

    I’ve been trying to reach some at the VA to get tested. Never get a return call.

  3. Romeo Abalos Valdez, HMC/USN/Retired September 22, 2022 at 2:26 am - Reply

    sorry for the typo. The unit is JMRO-2 (Joint Medical Regulating Office-2, Manama Bahrain)

  4. Romeo Abalos Valdez, HMC/USN/Retired September 22, 2022 at 2:18 am - Reply

    My Gulf War deployment: 08/02/1990 – 01/16/1991 Desert Shield
    01/16/1991 – 02/28/1991 Desert Storm
    Unit: Sub-JAMRO 2, Manama, Bahrain – US Central Command

    VA evaluated me twice but denied for reasons that Bahrain is not affected, although my illness is a result of my deployment to the AOR.
    Is being in Bahrain for the duration of the Gulf war still a disqualification? If so, a third application will be a waste of time.

    Please advise. Thank you.

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