Is it possible that still more veterans are suffering from illnesses but have not registered with the VA or DOD?

Yes. Any Persian Gulf veteran who is concerned about his or her health is encouraged to take advantage of the free, confidential registry program. Veterans who are still on active duty can register with DOD by calling 1-800-796-9699. Those who have left active military service should call the VA at 1-800-PGW-VETS.


In fact, 12 percent of veterans who have already completed a VA examination did not report having health problems but were concerned that they might develop them in the future.