Where to get help
Active duty military personnel with questions or concerns about their service in the Persian Gulf region: contact your commanding officer or call the Department of Defense (DoD) Gulf War Veterans Hotline (1-800-796-9699) for an examination.
Gulf War veterans with concerns about their health:contact the nearest VA medical center. The telephone number can be found in the local telephone directory under Department of Veterans Affairs in the "U.S. Government" listings. A Persian Gulf Registry examination will be offered. Treatment will be provided to eligible veterans.
Gulf War veterans in need of marital/family counseling: contact the nearest VA medical center or VA vet center. For additional information, call the VA Gulf War Information Helpline at 1-800-PGW-VETS (1-800-749-8387).
A new program was launched that will facilitate the process for our Gulf War veterans to obtain copies of their in-patient hospital records from hospitals established during the Persian Gulf War. Although these records were located in the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, MO, they were stored only by the name of the hospital and date of treatment. Working with the Offices of the Surgeons General, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and the National Personnel Record Center, we are completing an electronic data base to cross-reference patient names and SSN with the theater hospitals and admission dates. When this data base of over 17,500 Gulf War inpatient records is completed, we will be able to assist veterans in requesting copies of their hospitalization records. Veterans may call 1-800-497-6261 to find out if their inpatient record has been added to the data base and to obtain the paperwork necessary to request a copy.
Gulf War veterans seeking disability compensation for illnesses incurred in or aggravated by military service: contact a Veterans Benefits Counselor at the nearest VA regional office of health care facility or call the VA Gulf War Information Helpline at 1-800-PGW-VETS (1-800-749-8387).
Gulf War veterans interested in learning about the wide range of benefit programs administered by the VA: contact a Veterans Benefits Counselor at the nearest VA regional office or health care facility or call the VA Gulf War Information Helpline at 1-800-PGW-VETS (1-800-749-8387).
Individuals with first-hand information about "incidents" that occurred in the theater of operations during the Gulf War and that may be related to health problems experienced by individuals who served in the War: call the DoD "Incidents" Hotline at 1-800-472-6719.
Veterans service organizations are also available to assist Gulf War veterans. A listing follows:
Air Force Association
1501 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209-1198
American GI Forum
206 San Pedro, Suite 210, San Antonio, TX 78205
1608 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
American Legion Auxiliary
c/o Harper and Company, 11961 Tech Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20904
4647 Forbes Boulevard, Lanham, MD 20706
Association of the U.S. Army
2110 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204
Disabled American Veterans
807 Maine Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
Enlisted Association of the National Guard
1219 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Fleet Reserve Association
125 N. West Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2754
Jewish War Veterans
1811 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Marine Corps League
8626 Lee Highway, #201
Merrifield, VA 22031
Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association
110 N. Royal Street, Suite 406, Alexandria, VA 22314
National Association of the Uniformed Services
5535 Hempstead Way, Springfield, VA 22151
National Guard Association of the US
1 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
National Military Family Association
6000 Stevenson Ave., #304, Alexandria, VA 22304
Naval Enlisted Reserve Association
6703 Farragut Ave, Falls Church, VA 22042-2189
Naval Reserve Association
1619 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2793
2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Non-Commissioned Officers Association
225 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Reserve Officers Association
1 Constitution Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002
Retired Officers Association
201 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Veterans of Foreign Wars
200 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary
406 W 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111
Vietnam Veterans of America
1224 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005