FREE Gulf War Registry Health Exam Details

FREE Gulf War Registry Health Exam DetailsThe Gulf War Registry health exam is a free evaluation for Veterans who served in the Gulf during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, or New Dawn. Veterans can learn about possible health problems related to environmental exposures during military service. Participants receive a comprehensive health exam, including an exposure and medical history, laboratory tests if needed, and a physical exam. Follow-up evaluations are available if a Veteran has a new health concern or a change in their health status.




Are you interested in having a Gulf War Registry health exam? Veterans do not need to be enrolled in VA health care to participate. Keep reading below.

FREE Gulf War Registry Health Exam Details

How many Gulf Ware registry exams were conducted?

  • Initial exam: 181,914
  • Follow-up exams: 1,472
  • Total (initial + follow-up): 183,386 as of 12/31/2016

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Gulf War Registry Health Exam for Veterans

VA’s Gulf War Registry Health Exam alerts Veterans to possible long-term health problems that may be related to environmental exposures during their military service. The registry data helps VA understand and respond to these health problems more effectively.

Contact your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator about getting a Gulf War Registry health exam: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/coordinators.asp


About the Gulf War Registry Health Exam

About the Gulf War Registry Health ExamThis comprehensive health exam includes an exposure and medical history, laboratory tests, and a physical exam. A VA health professional will discuss the results face-to-face with the Veteran and in a follow-up letter.

Important points about registry health exams

  • Free to eligible Veterans and no co-payment
  • Not a disability compensation exam or required for other VA benefits
  • Enrollment in VA’s health care system not necessary
  • Based on Veterans’ recollection of service, not on their military records
  • Veterans can receive additional registry exams, if new problems develop
  • Veterans’ family members are not eligible for registry exams

Eligibility for Gulf War Registry Health Exam

Veterans who served in the Gulf during Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn are eligible for the Gulf War Registry exam.

You do not need to be enrolled in VA health care to take part.

Burn Pit Registry

Veterans who are eligible for the Gulf War Registry may also join the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, which includes additional data related to airborne hazards.

Check your eligibility and sign up through an online questionnaire: https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry

Interested in disability compensation?

The registry evaluation is separate from VA’s disability compensation process.

Veterans who want to be considered for disability compensation for health problems related to Gulf War service must file a claim for disability compensation: http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/

During the claims process, VA will set up a separate exam for compensation if necessary.

For further details visit: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/benefits/registry-exam.asp

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