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Gulf War Veterans: Where to Get Help

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 1998 – Numerous services and agencies assist Gulf War veterans, particularly those with health problems or questions.

Active duty service members should contact their commanders or call the DoD Gulf War Veterans hot line at (800) 796-9699.

Non-active duty Gulf War veterans with health concerns should contact the nearest Department of Veterans Affairs medical center. The telephone number can be found in local directories under "Department of Veterans Affairs" in the "U.S. Government" listings.

Gulf War veterans who need marital or family counseling can get help from the nearest VA medical center, VA veterans center or by calling the VA Gulf War Information Helpline at (800) 749- 8387.

Veterans trying to retrieve copies of hospital records from their Gulf War service should call (800) 497-6261 to find out if their records have been added to a growing database maintained by the DoD Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses. To date, the database contains more than 17,000 entries.

Gulf War veterans seeking disability compensation for illnesses incurred in or aggravated by military service should contact a benefits adviser at the nearest VA regional office or health care facility, or call the VA Gulf War information help line at (800) 749-8387.

Veterans interested in benefit programs administered by the VA should contact a benefits adviser at the nearest VA regional office or health care facility, or call (800) 749-8387.

People with firsthand information about incidents that occurred in the theater of operations during the Gulf War, that may be related to reported health problems, should call the DoD incidents line at (800) 472-6719.

The following service organizations also will assist Gulf War veterans:

Air Force Association

1501 Lee Highway

Arlington, VA 22209-1198

American G.I. Forum

206 San Pedro, Suite 210

San Antonio, TX 78205

American Legion

1608 K St., NW

Washington, DC 20006

American Legion Auxiliary c/o Harper and Co.

11961 Tech Road

Silver Spring, MD, 20904

AMVETS

4647 Forbes Blvd.

Lanham, MD 20706

Association of the U.S. Army

2425 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington, VA 22201

Disabled American Veterans

807 Maine St., SW

Washington, DC

Enlisted Association of the National Guard

1219 Prince St.

Alexandria, VA 22314

Fleet Reserve Association

125 N. West St.

Alexandria, VA 22314-2754

Jewish War Veterans

1811 R St., NW

Washington, DC 20009

Marine Corps League

8626 Lee Highway, #201

Merrifield, VA 22031

Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association

110 N. Royal St., 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 St.

Alexandria, VA 22314-2793

Navy League

2300 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington, VA 22201

Non Commissioned Officers Association

225 N. Washington St.

Alexandria, VA 22314

Reserve Officers Association

1 Constitution Ave., NE

Washington, DC 20002

Retired Officers Association

201 N. Washington St.

Alexandria, VA 22314

Veterans of Foreign Wars

200 Maryland Ave., NE

Washington, DC 20002

Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary

406 W 34th St.

Kansas City, MO 64111

Vietnam Veterans of America

1224 M St., NW

Washington, DC 20005

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