Gulf War veterans health issues in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

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If you served in the First Gulf War, your health may have been affected as a direct result. Contact your GP or visit the NHS Choices website for information on NHS care and priority treatment for veterans in England and Wales.

Gulf War veterans may experience a number of health issues, including chronic fatigue, hypertension, skin conditions and PTSD. There are a range of organisations across the UK that can help.

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health. For almost a century the charity has helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. On the phone and online. In the community and at its treatment centres. Services are free of charge to veterans. For support contact:

Helpline: 0800 138 1619
Website: Combat Stress

Please be aware as of Monday 27 January 2020 Combat Stress will not be taking new referrals in England and Wales. Referrals will continue as usual in Northern Ireland, and in Scotland.

Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme (VRMHP)

The VRMHP provides assessment and treatment advice for Service and ex-Service personnel who believe that their service may have affected their mental health. For more information, contact:

Freephone: 0800 032 6258


You may be eligible to claim a War Pension if your health has been affected by Serving in the Gulf War. For more information, or to get help with a claim, contact The Royal British Legion at:

Freephone: 0808 802 8080


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