Selected Materials on Gulf War Illnesses Claims


Congress has provided that VA can grant benefits for undiagnosed illnesses and chronic multisymptom illnesses related to service in the Gulf War. Certain specified medical conditions are also presumed to be related to Gulf War service. Under these provisions, the claimant does not need a medical opinion that states that there is a relationship between the illness or condition and any specific event in service. However, the claim will still need to be supported with adequate documentation of the veteran's post-service symptoms.

Statutory Law

The special provisions relating to Gulf War Illnesses are found in 38 U.S.C. § 1117 [available here] and 38 U.S.C. § 1118 [available here]. In particular:

There have been recent legislative hearings to address the ongoing scientific research into which conditions may be related to Gulf War service and what the causes of those conditions might be. Recent legislative hearings include:


VA's primary regulations implementing the laws related to Gulf War Illnesses is 38 C.F.R. § 3.317 [available here]. In particular:

Federal Register Notices

When VA proposes or finalizes a regulation relating to Gulf War Illness conditions or when it withdraws such a proposed regulation — including the list of conditions that are presumed to be related to Gulf War service — it publishes a public notice in the Federal Register (which all government agencies use to announce proposed and final rule changes).

Selected Cases

A few cases relating to Gulf War illness claims:

Law Review Articles

Selected Books and Reports