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DESERT STORM 30

30 years of Desert Storm2021-07-13T15:56:56-04:00

30 years of Desert Storm

  • During Operation Desert Storm, there was an anthem that came to define the war: Lee Greenwood's country song "God Bless the U.S.A."
  • Gary Kunich originally wrote this first-hand account the morning after Desert Storm started, when he was a 21-year-old Air Force sergeant.
  • Scott Stump on VA BtB
  • Scott Speicher
  • Army Veteran Colin Powell said U.S. troops did a "fabulous" job during Operation Desert Storm.
  • When Air Force Veteran Greg Feest took off in his F-117 Jan. 16, 1991, there was a 50/50 chance he wasn’t coming back from the opening of Desert Storm.

In January 1991, members from all five military branches joined a coalition to push out Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait for Operation Desert Storm.

During January 2021, VA will profile these Veterans in a series of stories for Desert Storm’s 30th anniversary.

Gulf War Registry Health Exam for Veterans

Operation Desert Shield

 

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

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. 

Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

Burning of Uniforms

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.

  • The registry is a database of information about Veterans and Service members collected through a questionnaire.
  • OEF/OIF/OND/OFS Veterans and Service members who have deployed to the Southwest Asia theater of operations on or after August 2, 1990 as well as those who have deployed to Afghanistan or Djibouti after September 11, 2001 can use the registry.

Check your eligibility and sign up through an online questionnaire.

Gulf War Registry Health Exam for Veterans

Operation Desert Shield

Click here to visit the Gulf War Registry Health Exam for Veterans Page.

Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

Burning of Uniforms

Click here to visit the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.

Find Your Local VA

Graphic created with historical image of a woman service member during the Gulf War.

Click here to find your local VA.

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