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2016-03-04  The issues of mental illness and substance abuse among past and present members of the military have received increasing press coverage over the past few years, along with a growing awareness of the need for support and prevention resources. To fill this gap, American Addiction Centers has created a site to help understand the basics of addiction and navigate the veterans' and active military support systems.
2015-11-29  The James J. Peters VA Medical Center located at 130 W. Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10468 is conducting 2 research studies that will run until mid-2017. If you served in the early 1990's and are looking to improve your memory and attention, please consider contacting them at (718)584-9000 x6567 or x6587. The James J. Peters VAMC will reimburse for time and expenses associated -- participants of both studies will be compensated $375.

Bronx Gulf War Illness Research

  1. We are using a medication called: Intranasal Insulin to treat the cognitive symptoms of Gulf War Illness. This medication has been used successfully to improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients, and we hypothesize that it will improve memory, mood, and cognitive processing speed in Gulf War Veterans with Chronic Metabolic Illness. If interested, we have two trial sites in the New York City and Boston areas.
  2. Our second project is a ‘biomarker’ study. We draw blood from participants in order to analyze it (and look for markers of Gulf War Illness).

2014-11-22  Iraq War veterans in Ohio have until Dec. 31, 2014 to apply for a tax free bonus of up to $1,000 a year. For information or to request an application, call toll free 1-877-OHIO VET or 1-877-644-6838 option 2 for the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. See here for more information.
2013-03-25  Seven Things You Should Never Say to a Vet aired on National Public Radio featuring Jason Moon, founder of Warrior Songs, a non-profit organization committed to facilitating healing through the creative arts among US military personnel, veterans, and those working with veterans. Learn about PTSD programs offered by the VA here.
2012-07-26  As of today, the Discussion Forums are being taken down due to high proliferation of spam from form bots.
2012-03-12  Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a program funded by the Department of Education with 45 programs nationwide. VUB offers veterans the opportunity to retool or refresh educational skills in English, math, and computer literacy at no cost, prior to enrollment in a post secondary educational program such as vocational school, community college, or university. One of these VUB programs is at Arizona State University (ASU). Information about ASU's program is available online and by phone at 480-965-3944 for more info. You can also check out their brochure.
2012-02-27  New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) is currently looking for participants for their study about the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of GWI.

Do you have fatigue, mood disturbances, or joint and muscle pain? And did your service include deployment to the "Gulf Theater of Operations" between August 1990 and December 1992? (Includes Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and the airspace above all of these locations).

In exchange for your participation you will receive free acupuncture treatments and a small payment. If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact NESA at 617.558.1788 x269
2011-10-25  The GWVRP has been moved to a new web server. Please read this important update in the Forums for more information.
2011-10-07  Please consider supporting the Wounded Warrior Project whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH STUDY ON GWI: The New England School of Acupuncture “The Effectiveness of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Gulf War Illness”. Lisa Conboy ScD is Principle Investigator.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY? The purpose of this study is to determine if acupuncture is an effective treatment for Gulf War Illness (GWI). GWI is a complex illness that presents with a variety of symptoms. Prior research has shown that acupuncture is successful when used to treat these symptoms in a civilian population.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? We are looking for 120 Gulf War Veterans (men and women) who live in New England and were deployed to the Gulf War Region between August of 1990 and January of 1993.

WHAT DOES PARTICIPATION IN THE STUDY INVOLVE? After an initial medical screen at the New England School of acupuncture in Newton, MA, participants will be placed in one of two groups. Group 1 receives FREE acupuncture twice a week for six months. Group 2 waits two months then receives FREE acupuncture once a week for four months. These treatments occur in a private acupuncturist’s office close to home or work. Three follow up visits to the New England School of Acupuncture are also required. We offer a small travel stipend in addition to the free acupuncture. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact us at (617) 558-1788 ext. 269 or via email at

2011-05-24  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH STUDY: Miami VA Healthcare System "The Use of Comprehensive Molecular Profiling with Network and Control Theory to Better Understand Gulf War Illness and Model Therapeutic Strategies". Under Nancy Klimas, MD.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY? The purpose of this study is to use new ways in analyzing genetic testing to help us understand and identify causes of Gulf War Illness.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? 25 Gulf War Veterans (men or women), between the ages of 30-55 who were deployed to the Gulf War region between August 8, 1990- July 31, 1991 in good health prior to 1990 and currently have no exclusionary diagnosis to explain the symptoms and their severity. 25 Healthy Gulf War Era Sedentary Veteran Controls.

WHAT DOES PARTICIPATION IN THE STUDY INVOLVE? The Study involves 3 visits to the Miami VA Hospital: The 1st visit lasts 4 hours, 2nd visit lasts 8 hours and the 3rd visit lasts 30 minutes. If you are interested in Participating in the Study Please Contact the Study Team at (305) 575-7000 ext 6706 or 4942 "You will be compensated for your time."
2011-04-08  A graduate student working on completing her PhD at University of California, Davis is seeking Army Veterans (1973-Gulf War I) to speak with as part of her dissertation. To learn more, see her Forum post here.
2010-09-19  The 9th edition of the National Gulf War Resource Center's (NGWRC) "Guide to Today's Toxic Wars" has been released. If you are an ill veteran, family member or friend of such a person, you should find this Guide highly useful in understanding the research and legislative developments and how to get help and support.

The National Gulf War Resource Center (NGWRC) is pleased to announce its Health & Educational Fair for veterans who served in Southwest Asia. This year's event will be held in Dallas, Texas, Thursday, August 5th through Sunday, August 8, 2010.

July 14th is the last day to get the rooms at the cheaper rates.

Our list of speakers include:

  • VA Chief of Staff John R Gingrich,
  • Researchers Dr Robert Haley and Dr Lea Steele,
  • Veteran supporter H Ross Perot Sr,
  • Medal of Honor recipient Mike Thornton,
  • Psychologist Dr Peter Maves and many more.

At this time, we have 4 scholarships available each covering 1 registration, 1 banquet meal and 1 room for 2 nights (must be willing to share room with another vet).

For more information including our tentative schedule and registration, visit the NGWRC website at or please feel free to contact Jim Bunker by phone at 1-866-531-7183

2010-03-26  The National Gulf War Resource Center, Inc. (NGWRC) has updated their excellent Self Help Guide. If you are an ill Gulf War veteran or a family member or friend of such a person, you should find this Guide highly useful in understanding research and legislative developments and how to get help and support.
2010-02-02  The University of Louisville is seeking male veterans to participate in a study on hearing loss. To qualify, you must be a male veteran that has a known hearing loss and has chosen not to wear hearing aids or, a male veteran that has hearing loss, has received hearing aids, but doesn’t use them anymore. The study consists of a few questions over the phone to determine if you qualify, then an hour long interview about your experiences in seeking help for your hearing problem. If you qualify, you will receive a $25 gift card for your participation. Interested participants may call 502-852-3990 or email
2009-11-13  There are two research studies underway that some Gulf War veterans may be eligible for:

  1. Dr. John Shoffner is a researcher at Georgia State University in mitochondrial disease who is performing a study of individuals diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. The mitochondria have many functions that include changing the foods we eat into a usable form of energy known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate). All the cells of our body use this energy to run the biochemical reactions that allow our cells to function properly. Hence, the mitochondria act as tiny power plants inside of every cell. For information about the study, please visit and follow the Gulf War Syndrome study links.
  2. The Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting a study aimed at understanding brain function of pain in Gulf War veterans with Muscle and Joint Pain & Rheumatoid Arthritis. Please click here for more information.

2008-11-17  A congressionally-mandated panel has concluded that "Gulf War syndrome" is real and that more than a quarter of the 700,000 US veterans of the 1991 conflict suffer from the illness. Click for More Information, or Read The Report
2008-11-13  AM570 KLAC (Los Angeles) is hosting a commercial free radiothon today, paying tribute to the men and women who have fought for the United States. Additionally, they are raising money for the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Donations are being accepted online and via phone today until 7PM PST at 818.524.2930.
2008-10-10  The Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) are looking for active duty personnel, veterans, or their family caregivers to participate as consumer reviewers in the review of research proposals to help determine which research will be funded this year through the Deployment Related Medical Research Program AND Gulf War Illness Research Program. These programs were established to fund and manage research grants designed to address the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and mitigation of deployment-related injuries and psychological health concerns of deployed military personnel.

Please consider being a consumer reviewer if you are a family caregiver or person who has received or been affected by the following: Gulf War Illness, blood or blood product use; medical devices used in theater; trauma treatment and rehabilitation; traumatic brain injury and/or psychological health (including posttraumatic stress disorder); and/or wound infection and healing.

Please contact Ann Dodelin at 301.682.5501 for more information.
2008-07-23  Dr. Beatrice Golomb, a Gulf War Illness researcher at the University of California, San Diego is conducting a treatment study on Gulf War Illness. For more information:
2008-01-24  Please see the Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Veterans Information System, June 2007 GWVIS Report. The Gulf War Veterans Information System (GWVIS) provides the best available current data identifying the 6.5 million Gulf War service member population. The GWVIS reports monitor, in part, the service members’ use of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare and disability benefits.
2008-01-23  Receive a free DVD of the film Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own, released by the award-winning director Dr. Gary Null. Please see this forums post for more details.
2007-07-29  A student at university in the United Kingdom is looking for some U.S. Gulf War Veterans to answer a questionnaire towards his disertation. Please see his forums post and reply to him if you are interested.
2007-07-25  Forum Login Finder has been added to the site to assist people who have created Forums accounts but never received the email address containing your password. Please use this new tool to find your login information so that you can begin using the Forums. You will need to enter the email address that you used when you signed up to use the Forums to find your information.
2007-07-01  On June 25th, 2007 the GWVRP web hosting facility was struck by lightning, rendering our servers inoperable. This resulted in a significant outage while we scrambled to purchase and configure new equipment. The site is now back online. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
2006-06-07  A Global War On Terror (GWOT) veterans survey is being conducted by Veterans For America. Anyone who served on active duty since 9/11/2001 is eligible to take the survey. To find out more and to take the survey please click here.
2006-06-06  Harold Messer (AKA "WrenchDevil6") has joined the all volunteer staff of the GWVRP to help with administration of the online Forums. We are very pleased to welcome him and hope that you will visit the GWVRP Forums to see the wonderful restructuring that is going on.
2006-06-04  Concerned about identity theft? Please see the VA's guidelines.
2006-05-29  In honor of Memorial Day, Sillysoft is holding a charity fundraiser. 100 percent of American History Lux proceeds from now until Friday June 2nd will be donated to charity. The Carter Center will be the recipient, with the stated goals to "wage peace, fight disease, and build hope."
2006-03-18  March 23rd will be the third anniversary of the beginning of the battle for An Nasiriyah in Iraq -- the bloodiest battle in the campaign to oust Saddam Hussein. Richard S. Lowry has written a book called Marines in the Garden of Eden covering these events.
2005-11-27  TLC (The Learning Channel) is seeking American Iraqi War Veterans and Families for an upcoming parenting documentary. Read more...
2005-02-07  A new GWVRP NewsWire has been established using RSS 2.0. If you are using an RSS News Aggregator to read your news, link into the 3 new GWVRP RSS Feeds. Look for the icons on the home page, or look under the NewsWire link for the feeds.
2005-01-14  Bill Kibler, webmaster of writes, "I wanted to let you know that I am developing a new website - Gold Star Siblings - for the brothers and sisters of the fallen have a place to go on the Internet. Modeled after Gold Star Mothers organization, we are seeing if there is enough interest to form a National Organization as such."
2004-11-19  Vose & Meadows provides high quality legal representation to Veterans and their families, where the Board of Veterans' Appeals has denied the veteran's claim within the last 120 days. They provide services on a pro bono basis, meaning there is no charge to the veteran. See for more information.
2004-11-19  Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, a Congressionally-chartered panel of scientific experts has released its first major report on Gulf War Illness. Read the press release and read the report.
2004-11-10  Veterans' Readjustment Guide has been published by Veterans For Common Sense. This is must read content for any returning service men and women from Operation Iraqi Freedom.
2004-10-27  If you registered to use the GWVRP Discussion Forums and never received an email with your password, please visit the Forgot My Password page, enter your email address, and the system will send you out your information. A network configuration change caused the email system to stop working and it wasn't noticed for some time. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.
2004-07-01  New RSS Feeds feature has been added to the site. It is now possible to view syndicated content brought in from a variety of sources.
2003-04-01  The GWVRP Forums (Message Boards) have been fully updated with new software. Please check it out and participate in the online discussion forums!
2003-03-31  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is developing a nationwide registry of living veterans who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This effort is directed by the Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) at the VA Medical Center in Durham, NC, with cooperation from the VA Medical Center in Lexington, KY. The ALS Association (ALSA) is advising the study leaders. All living veterans who have been diagnosed with ALS are encouraged to participate in this research registry.
2003-03-24  Here are some important toll-free numbers for families with loved ones overseas to call with any questions -- Army: (800) 833-6622, Marine Corps: (800) 433-6868, Navy: (800) 372-5463, Air Force: (866) 299-0596.
2003-02-17  If you submitted your profile to the GWVRP Locator Database between November 2002 and February 12th, 2002, your entry may have been affected by a database bug that was recently identified. Please read the webmaster's detailed description in the Forums.
2003-01-05   Michael Woods, President of the National Gulf War Resource Center, has issued a request to veterans and non-veterans asking you to encourage service connection for Gulf War veterans. Mr. Woods says, "I felt it very important to take time and relay to all of you, the overwhelming evidence that is now present involving our exposure to Chemical Warfare agents. I hope that each and every person who reads this letter will urge the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, your congressmen and Senators to service connect All Gulf War Veterans as their first priority as a result of our combat wounds." Please read his entire message and take action today.
2002-09-01  Today we were contacted about a book available on living with chronic pain by Linda Martinson entitled "Poetry of Pain". This may be an important title for any Gulf War vets suffering from chronic pain to look into. For more information, please see the Press Release
2002-08-15  Harris Baseman has authored a new novel, "After Kamisiyah". It is the story of a fictional young officer who participated in the demolition of the munitions dump at Kamisiyah. Following that action, he and his men suffer from many of the illnesses experienced by Gulf War veterans. See the full letter from the author for further details and where to purchase.
2002-01-15  Former NGWRC president, Charles Sheehan-Miles, has authored a new novel, A Prayer at Rumalya. PRAYER AT RUMAYLA is a blistering account of the Gulf War that will be very difficult to put down and impossible to forget. The story of Chet Brown, who arrived home from the Gulf War in the spring of 1991 to find that the war was only beginning, is bluntly honest in its language and description. Betrayed by his friends and lover, ignored by his family, Brown travels across the country in an attempt to find answers to questions he doesn’t even know to ask.
2001-01-06  Johns Hopkins University alerted us to a current study on Gulf War illness. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland have received funding from the Department of Defense to study whether or not some Gulf War veterans with unexplained symptoms have a treatable medical condition which could explain their symptoms. To find out more, visit
2000-11-02  A particularly poignant reminder of the purpose of this website was quietly added to Tracings in the Sand, the section of our site that allows vets and civilians alike to record their experiences in the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. The story, a tribute to his friend and fellow soldier, was submitted by John Brine regarding a lost comrade in arms, Cpl Stephen Rawlings of the British Army.