Certain illnesses are associated with Gulf War service in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations during the first Gulf War starting August 2, 1990 through the conflict in Iraq. VA offers eligible Veterans a free Gulf War Registry health exam to find possible long-term health problems related to Gulf War service.
A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of
medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue,
headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory
disorders, and memory problems.
VA refers to these illnesses as "chronic multisymptom illness" and
"undiagnosed illnesses." We prefer not to use the term “Gulf War
Syndrome” when referring to medically unexplained symptoms reported by
Gulf War Veterans. Why? Because symptoms vary widely.