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Gulf War Illness Program Booklet

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Improve the health and lives of veterans who have Gulf War Illness.


Fund innovative Gulf War Illness research to identify effective treatments, improve definition and diagnosis, and better understand pathobiology and symptoms.

Gulf War Illness (GWI) is characterized by persistent symptoms such as chronic headache, widespread pain, cognitive difficulties, unexplained fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory symptoms, and other abnormalities that are not explained by traditional medical or psychiatric diagnoses. The population of veterans affected by GWI is a subset of the nearly 700,000 who served during the 1990-1991 Gulf War. Studies indicate that approximately 25% to 30% (or 175,000 to 210,000) of Gulf War veterans continue to experience symptoms associated with their deployment as described above. The GWIRP focuses its funding on innovative projects that have the potential to make a significant impact on GWI, improving the health and lives of affected service members and their families.

Congressional Appropriations

Congressional Appropriations

  • $89.0 million FY08-FY14
  • $20.0 million FY15
Funding Summary

Funding Summary

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