The NGWRC is run by Donations:
As a 501(c)3 your donations are a tax writeoff. We have no paid staff at the NGWRC as we are retired military, or serived disabled veterans working to help out fellow veterans.
NGWRC Self-help Guide
The Self-help Guide is your resource to help you navigate the Veterans Benefits Network when you file a service-connected disability claim for Gulf War Illness, Chronic Multisymptom Illness, or other presumptive conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.
To read the web-based guide in html, go here.
To download the 93 page pdf file, click here.
Veterans Benefits Network
The Veterans Benefits Network forums are a great place for any veteran or service representative looking for information regarding a claim for veterans benefits. You may also go directly to the Gulf War Illness forum.
The National Gulf War Resource Center (NGWRC) helps veterans affected by the 'invisible' injuries most common in the current conflict period, from 1989 to the present day, including Gulf War Illness (GWI), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Originally founded by veterans of Operation Desert Storm affected by GWI, our work has been critical in establishing the rights, treatments, and benefits which these veterans have access to now. GWI is still poorly understood and incurable. While no longer in denial, the VA and the Department of Defense (DOD) misallocate GWI research funds and overlook recommendations from the scientific community that may lead to better treatment. Claims for VA benefits related to GWI remain difficult to prove.
Since Operation Desert Storm, later conflicts, including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, have brought many new 'invisible' injuries, especially TBI and PTSD, as well as a reduced frequency of new GWI cases among recent veterans deployed in and near Iraq.
What we do
Veterans Disability Benefits Claims
Many veterans receive injuries in the line of duty which impact quality of life later on. These veterans are due compensation to account for lost earning power and reduced quality of life. This is true whether the injury is visible or not. Our Self-Help Guide is the best independent, free resource anywhere for veterans with Gulf War Illness and other invisible injuries who seek help with the complex claims process of the Veterans Benefits Administration. You may also contact us for help and browse the rest of this site for answers specific to your situation.
Research and Treatment
Our Executive Director, Jim Bunker, represents the interests of Veterans as a member of the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, a congressionally mandated committee which advises the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on research which may help improve the health of veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations.
We have a long record of promoting legislation to provide the care and benefits promised to veterans. Our current effort is a bill to allow caregivers to help veterans stay in their own homes longer.
We provide hands on training to help veterans and their service officers navigate the veterans disability claims process as it relates to chronic multisypmptom illnesses, including Gulf War Illness.
Operation Forgotten Warrior II
Coming very soon
Many Gulf War veterans, such as veterans of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Southern Watch, feel they are a new generation of ‘Forgotten Warriors’. Korean War veterans were first regarded as 'not fighting in a real war' by some World War II veterans. Later, after the Vietnam War got under way, Korean War veterans felt they were simply forgotten. The book Forgotten War, by Clay Blair Jr., explains why veterans of the Korean War feel they are forgotten. Today, Gulf War veterans feel much the same.
Forgotten Warrior II is a project to bring Gulf War Veterans, VA staff, and researchers together to improve the VA's services for these veterans, and help veterans of any era who have a Chronic Multisymptom Illness (such as Gulf War Illness, undiagnosed illness, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue syndrome, or a digestive system illness with no structural cause) better navigate the VA health care and benefits systems as they are.
Look for more information in January, 2014.