If you are a 1990-91 Gulf War Veteran with questions or concerns about Gulf War Illness, opportunities for you to discuss this issue are coming July 20 and 21.

VA’s Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses subcommittee is hosting two virtual Veteran engagement sessions. Each three-hour session is devoted to interactive discussions with experts who want to hear from you.

Please join us July 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. ET, and July 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET.

Three-hour sessions with experts who want to hear from you.

The focus of these listening sessions is to ask Veterans for their input on:

  • What health problems concern you most about the war?
  • What treatments have helped you manage your health problems?
  • What aspect of your Gulf War Illness most affects your quality of life?
  • What helps you most to manage these interferences?
  • If you could tell the VA Secretary one thing about being a Gulf War Veteran with Gulf War Illness, what would it be?

Join online July 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. ET:


Password: GWVets1991!

Join by phone: (toll-free) 1-833-558-0712, Access code is 2760 410 1780.

Join online, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET:


Password: GWVets1991!

Join by phone: (Toll-free) 1-833-558-0712, Access code is 2761 201 9583.

We hope to see you there. More information is available here.

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 Sessions meetings are open to Veterans and their family members, physicians, scientists and members of the general public.

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  1. Matthew schultz August 10, 2022 at 9:17 am - Reply

    This call was a huge CF. Hundreds or thousands of vets who wanted to talk, none who answered the question that was the purpose of the call. One vet got on and threatened suicide because they were frustrated. A bunch wanted to talk about their illness, benefits, and the VA inability to process claims and track dates.
    If we learned anything from the call it is that the government doesn’t know how to get the answers they want and or prepare a meeting like this, and that there are thousands of us looking for help and not getting what we need.

  2. Patrick Logan July 25, 2022 at 11:47 am - Reply

    I have been in the VA system since 2014 fighting for help and compensation. Got out of the Military in 1995 after 16 years with no explanation of how the VA system works. I know i filed a little late but i had no idea these issue were related until some other vet’s said they had the same. Had no Idea the issue I have could have been caused from my Gulf War deployments. All’s you get is denied denied denied. Sent a letter to my Congress women. Got a call back to fill out a few forms and then Radio silence. Current issue : Bilateral loss of hearing (totally can’t hear) , IBS, Meniere Unexplainable Migraines, Unexplainable skin issues, Hypertension, Depression. All documented in my private Medical records. All Listed as presumed service connected per 3.317. Agree we have been forgotten. Plus the Panamanian war also.

  3. Mike Burdick July 23, 2022 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    The pool well fires were much worse than burn pits. I coughed and blew out black phlegm for weeks. I failed APFT for the first time on my return.

  4. Richard Crouch July 22, 2022 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Can you repeat the seminar? I didn’t get the notification until the last moment and I missed it. I have memory issues, had prostate cancer, and anger issues along with PTSD. I need to know how to get the help I need.

  5. Albert July 22, 2022 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    There are too many veterans selfishly working the comp system and it’s a disservice to those who really need it. I meet veterans bragging about trying to bump their disability up to 100%, and they’re in better health than I. I’m hearing veterans are being coached even prior to retirement on how to play up PTSD, “injuries,” etc. That’s a big reason why so many of your claims are being denied…

  6. REDuncan July 21, 2022 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Hmm. And I get this notice on July 21st at 1728. Cute.

  7. Laura Schmidt July 21, 2022 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Extremely disappointed that the notification wasn’t sooner, especially for those of us on the West Coast.

    How are live video presentations like this going to help each one of us who have legit medical problems that are supposed to be “Presumed” yet are denied, denied and denied!?

  8. Albert July 21, 2022 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Is there any if you missed link?
    I wonder if anything like what has hit me in the last few years. like an enlarged prostate 3 x the normal and kidney cancer.

  9. Derrick Brewer July 21, 2022 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Been dealing with rash/eczema issues since 93 now my whole body is covered. No demotoligist can figure it out and ive tried to get help abd was denied by the va. Waa to to reapply. I have no faith in them helping me. Then can see it’s causing promblems with me mentally and phsyically still no help.

    Im emotionqlly drained and been dealing with the full body eczema for the last 5 years. I want and need help. Compensenstion is a plus yet it’s the last thing on my mind now.

  10. Nakamura July 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Seems like someone is not being considerate of the time notification of this message, or just covering their behinds for lack of preparation. One day, really?

    • Laura Schmidt July 21, 2022 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      I am right there with you! Geez!

  11. Jack Tillery July 21, 2022 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I just received this email today, a day after the first session and have some already scheduled for today’s session. I 2nd the question on how to watch this at another time. We hear so much about current vets, but the burn pits were going on long before Iraq and Afghanistan. How many Gulf War vets are now suffering from breathing issues? What is being done for them? I also received no disability rating for these issues when I retired and now have medical problems not covered by VA (not eligible),

  12. Ramiro Rios July 21, 2022 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Is there a video ?

  13. Traci Beth Neely July 21, 2022 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I was there for all three campaigns. I have suffered numerous medical and psychological problems since, just like other veterans.
    But yet, I can’t even get a 10% disability rating to see a therapist about my trauma.
    When asking for help, I am told that my PTSD is not listed as part of my disability. There for I am not receiving any therapy.for that. Is it to much to ask for at least a 10% rating for help with PTSD?
    I also saw the comment about the burn pits and smoke from the oil well fires. We had to burn our own feces, in desiel and gas, then dump it into a hole we had dug.
    I was deployed with the 7th Corp, out of Germany. We were approximately 20 miles from the Iraq border. The sky was constantly filled with smoke from the fires the Iraq soldiers lit.
    Where is our rating for Gulf War soldiers?

    • Robert Dillree July 26, 2022 at 9:48 am - Reply

      every time i went to a specialist I had to get a referral from my doctor… you have to ask for everything!!!

  14. Luis Cruz July 20, 2022 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    I’m a Gulf War Vet.I served during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.We are the forgotten warriors.It’s so difficult to get any help ,let alone any compensation.Lost my faith in the V.A. system.

  15. Robert R Rubio July 20, 2022 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    I have a plehra of problems from bad knees to memory problems.

    • Regina Lundholm July 22, 2022 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      I’m very glad that the Gulf War Veterans are getting help. My question is, what about the Veterans serving in the Cold War? That might not have been the front line, but every time you would hear about the GI’s taking a taxi cab to there barracks and never arrived. That was what I and so many others went through. I, personally, I was drunk a good portion of my tour in Germany. That way, if it did happen to me, I wouldn’t feel the pain as much.

  16. Robert Chalmers, USA, USAR, USNR (Retired) July 20, 2022 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    If you’re unable to connect during those times will there be a link to watch it later?

  17. Martin L Marks July 20, 2022 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Wish I had seen this sooner…

    • Anthony August 2, 2022 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      Same deal with me.bilateral hearing loss denied.exposure to burn pits have trauma both lungs plaque.denied ptsd rated at 30%. Put in for increase.denied.depression night mares anxiety …denied currently at 60 % been fighting with VA since 2018.disappointed with all the bs language regs..why can’t they just look at your records. Everything is there unit mission where you were what you did et c……..I was in the sand for 14 months with the 101stairborneairassualt desertshield and desert storm awarded 2 bronze stars……all I get is denieddenied…..Sgt lieb 101st huah..

  18. Gerald Brickwood July 20, 2022 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    What has become of the Gulf War Registry and information for those exposed to burn pits and oil well fire smoke from those days. We see new information for Iraq war burn pits but none for Gulf War.

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