Health Study of Gulf War Era Veterans
The Longitudinal Health Study of Gulf War Era Veterans examines the health status over time of Veterans who deployed to the Gulf War in 1990-1991 and Veterans who served elsewhere during the same time period. Researchers conducted an initial survey in 1995 and a second survey in 2005.
Latest update: Researchers contacted Veterans for a third survey for the Follow-up Study of a National Cohort of Gulf War and Gulf Era Veterans.
Researchers want to know:
- How does the health of Veterans deployed to the Gulf War in 1990-1991 change over time?
- Ten or more years after the war, is the health of Veterans deployed to the Gulf War in 1990-1991 better, worse, or the same as Veterans who served elsewhere in 1990-1991?
15,000 Veterans who deployed to the Gulf War in 1990-1991 and 15,000 Veterans who served elsewhere in 1990-1991 have been invited to participate. We are not accepting volunteers for this study.
We mailed survey questionnaires, conducted telephone interviews, and reviewed medical records. Currently, researchers are merging data from all three study waves to create a single longitudinal database that will be used to examine health over time as well as predictors of health outcomes.
- Chronic medical conditions
- PTSD and other psychological conditions
- Functional status
- General health perceptions
- Health care utilization
- VA disability compensation
Our first publication on this study, Illnesses among United States Veterans of the Gulf War: A population-based survey of 30,000 Veterans, presents an initial account on the health of Veterans who served during the Gulf War in 1990-1991.
From the 2005 survey
Li B, Mahan CM, Kang HK, Eisen SA, Engel CC. Longitudinal health study of U.S. 1991 Gulf War Veterans: Changes in health status at 10-year follow-up. Am J Epidemiol 2011.
Coughlin SS, Kang HK, Mahan CM. Alcohol use and selected health conditions of 1991 Gulf War Veterans: Survey results, 2003-2005. Prev Chronic Dis 2011;8(3).
Coughlin SS, Kang HK, Mahan CM. Selected health conditions among overweight, obese, and non-obese Veterans of the 1991 Gulf War: Results from a survey conducted in 2003-2005. The Open Epidemiology Journal 2011; 4:133-139.
Kang HK, Li B, Mahan CM, Eisen SA, Engel CC. Health of U.S. Veterans of 1991 Gulf War: A follow-up survey in 10 years. J Occup Environ Med 2009;51:401-410.
From the initial 1995 survey
Dursa E, Barth S, Porter B. Schneiderman A. Gulf War Illness in the 1991 Gulf War and Gulf Era Veteran Population: An Application of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kansas Case Definitions to Historical Data. J Mil Veterans’ Health. 2018; 26: 43-50.
Kang HK, Dalager NA, Mahan CM, Ishii E. The role of sexual assault on the risk of PTSD among Gulf War Veterans. Ann Epidemiol 2005;15:191-195.
Mahan CM, Page WF, Bullman TA, Kang HK. Health effects in Army Gulf War Veterans possibly exposed to chemical munitions destruction at Khamisiyah, Iraq: Part I. Morbidity associated with potential exposure. Mil Med 2005;170:935-944.
Page WF, Mahan CM, Kang HK, Bullman TA. Health effects in Army Gulf War Veterans possibly exposed to chemical munitions destruction at Khamisiyah, Iraq: Part II. Morbidity associated with notification of potential exposure. Mil Med 2005;170:945-951.
Mahan CM, Kang HK, Dalager NA, Heller JM. Anthrax vaccination and self-reported symptoms, functional status, and medical conditions in the National Health Survey of Gulf War Era Veterans and Their Families. Ann Epidemiol 2004;14:81–88.
Kang HK, Natelson BH, Mahan CM, Lee KY, Murphy FM. Post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic fatigue syndrome-like illness among Gulf War Veterans: A population based survey of 30,000 Veterans. Am J Epidemiol 2003;157:141–148.
Young HA, Simmens SJ, Kang HK, Mahan CM, Levine PH. Factor analysis of fatiguing syndrome in Gulf War era Veterans: Implications for etiology and pathogenesis. J Occup Environ Med 2003;45:1268–1273.
Kang HK, Mahan CM, Lee KY, Murphy FM, Simmens SJ, Young HA, Levine PH. Evidence for a deployment-related Gulf War syndrome by factor analysis. Arch Environ Health 2002;57:61-68.
Kang HK, Magee C, Mahan C, Lee K, Murphy F, Jackson L, Matanoski G. Pregnancy outcomes among U.S. Gulf War Veterans: A population-based survey of 30,000 Veterans. Ann Epidemiol 2001;11:504–511.
Kang HK, Mahan CM, Lee KY, Magee CA, Murphy FM. Illnesses among United States Veterans of the Gulf War: A population-based survey of 30,000 Veterans. J Occup Environ Med 2000;42:491–501.