NGWRC Board Members & Staff

A Board members and staff those who care about our cause and non are paid for what they do.


What's New

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Current News

National Gulf War 2019 Annual Meeting &
Informational & Health Fair

We will talk about claimslatest treatments and research.



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NGWRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and your donations are tax deductible.



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About Us

In the Beginning we are among the most successful Veterans' Organizations in the United States advocating for veterans affected by Gulf War Illness (GWI). We formed shortly after the Persian Gulf War of 1991. Our work has been critical in establishing the rights, treatments, and benefits which these veterans have access to now. Our work is far from done. GWI is still poorly understood and incurable.
It is our mission to help all veterans who served in the US armed forces from 1989 to the present day. In addition to our long focus on GWI and other chronic multisymptom illnesses which affect veterans, we provide resources and support for veterans affected by traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, and infectious diseases.
Team Bio:


James Bunker, President of Veteran Information Network and Director of the NGWRC:

Jim He has represented veterans as a member of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, and he has testified before Congress promoting legislation and funding that has since been enacted, helping veterans receive better health care and benefits.

In September of 2018 Jim finished it last term on the  Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illness or RAC-GWI.

Jim has been our Executive Director since 2008. He was commissioned as an officer in 1988. Medically discharged in 1992 due to service-connected injuries from the Persian Gulf War. Jim formed the Veterans Information Network in 1993 and worked to help veterans. He was involved in the national veterans movement which created the Gulf War benefits laws in 38 U.S.C 1117 and codified in 38 CFR 3.317. He has remained an active leader of the NGWRC for that entire time, serving on our Board of Directors for many years and helping to start the Veterans of Modern Warfare.


Col. George Webb, US Army Ret, Vice president of Veteran Information Network and a Member of the NWRC Board:

Col. Webb served as Executive Director of the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs (KCVA) for many years after he retired from his career in the army. During his tenure, KCVA funded what became known as The Kansas Study, a critically important step forward in achieving official recognition of Gulf War Illness among veterans of Desert Storm, opening the door for VA treatment and benefits which had previously been denied.




Ron Brown, President of the NGWRC:

Ron enlisted in the US Army in 1989. He served in two combat tours, Operation Just Cause and Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm, while he was assigned to the C 1/504th Parachute infantry regiment based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was inspired to commit his time to helping other veterans as a result of his own 13 year long claims battle with the Veterans Benefits Administration, after he was honorably discharged.


Mike Jarrett, Vice President NGWRC:

Mike retired from the US Army in 1996.  He enlisted in 1978 and served his first four years in the Field Artillery.  The remainder of his career was spent with the 7th Transportation Group (now 7th Sustainment Brigade) where he earned the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (W-2) serving as a Marine Engineering Officer responsible for supervising or performing maintenance on U.S. Army watercraft.  In early August 1990, he deployed with an advance party in support of Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm.  During Desert Shield, he served as an aid for Lieutenant General Pagonis (Director of Logistics).  He served on an Army Tugboat during Desert Storm performing ship to shore operations to supply munitions to coalition aircraft and front line combat units.
After the war, he became ill, suffering from the symptoms currently recognized as "Gulf War Illness."  During his battle with the Veterans Benefits Administration, Mike reached out to the NGWRC for assistance and had Jim Bunker as his claims agent.  During this experience he quickly learned the VA's appeals process and now volunteers his time educating and assisting veterans (and their VSOs) in claims under the provisions of 38 CFR ┬ž 3.317.  In addition, he works closely with Ron Brown, President NGWRC, advocating the VA Central Office to improve services for Desert Storm Veterans.


Lisa Cornett, Secretary:

Lisa enlisted in the US Air Force in 1985, serving until 1994. She deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1990-1991 in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She has lived with Gulf War Illness since that time, navigating a Veterans Administration health care system which has been learning to adjust to the needs of women veterans, in addition to its initial inability to understand or effectively treat Gulf War Illness. She has put her education (she holds an MBA) and experience to work helping other veterans as our Vice President and media consultant.


Valerie Bunker, Treasurer of the NGWRC and of Veterans Information Network:

Valerie holds degree's in accounting and business administration. As a military spouse during the Desert Storm, Val edited the battalion newsletter along with Elisabeth Baker (Byron Baker, LTC Ret). This news letter connected the troops and their families during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She is President and CEO of a company in Topeka, KS.











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