#DesertStorm30: Veterans and VA


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Desert Storm was a short war, but Veterans from that era still have many different avenues and programs to connect with VA. Below is information on how Desert Storm Veterans can engage with VA.

Get a free health exam

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.

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.

Register for the Airborne Hazards and Open 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.

  • 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.

Learn more about the burn pit registry in this Borne the Battle Benefits Breakdown.

Get a mammogram or prostate exam

Graphic encouraging Desert Storm female Veterans to get mammogram.

All women over 45 should get regular mammograms. VA recommends yearly mammograms by age 45, every other year by age 55, and regular mammograms at age 75+.Graphic encouraging Desert Storm male Veterans to get prostate exam.

For men, screening tests often include a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. For men between ages 55 and 69, talk with a healthcare provider about the pros and cons of screening.

More ways to engage with VA

Apply for health care benefits.

File a VA disability claim.

Apply for the GI Bill and related benefits.

Apply for a VA home loan Certificate of Eligibility.

Types of Veteran ID cards.

How to apply for a discharge upgrade.

Author

Adam Stump

Adam Stump is a public affairs specialist with VA’s Digital Media Engagement team. He is a retired Air Force Veteran who served 20 years, including two deployments to Afghanistan for detention operations and special operations.

Comments

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  2. Brian Norton    

    When will the nightmares stop ? When will I not wake up screaming, covered in sweat, heart pounding ?

  3. My Truong    

    It’s a honor to serve in the US Army during Desert Storm. Remembering those who sacrificed!

  4. Mark Moore    

    Very Happy with the service you provide, Thanks

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