Dear Honored Veterans,

In coordination with VA Puget Sound and VISN 20 HealthCare System, the VA Research Advisory Committee (VARC) on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses are planning an event to honor the Veterans of Operation Desert Storm’s 30th anniversary on Feb 17, 2021 at noon.

Today the VARC is sharing a January series to honor the Desert Storm Veterans 30th anniversary. The series will highlight experiences from all military branches and leadership, will cover VA research, Registry exams and environmental exposures, and will share how this war ‘forever changed the US military’. 

Please see the description and links below.

In January 1991, members from all five military branches joined a coalition to push out Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait for Operation Desert Storm.

During January 2021, VA will profile these Veterans in a series of stories for Desert Storm’s 30th anniversary.

More than 2.2 million U.S. service members served during the era and an estimated 694,550 deployed to the Gulf. An estimated 1.68 million Veterans from that era are still alive.

During January, these stories will feature Veteran experiences from a wide range of perspectives. Army and Marine Veterans tell about battles on the ground. Air Force Veterans share about their experiences in the air. Navy and Coast Guard Veterans tell about their experiences at sea. These stories will include print and video stories. The coverage starts Jan. 1.

Veterans will also provide their perspective on the legacy of Operation Desert Storm. From the first war covered on cable news to a joint service campaign that overwhelmed the opposition, Veterans will share how the war forever changed the U.S. military. The coverage will include both individual stories and overall pieces, including an interview with Army Veteran Colin Powell, who served as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Desert Storm.

Veterans can also learn about VA research and VA’s Gulf War Registry Health Exam. This program alerts Veterans to possible long-term health problems that may be related to environmental exposures during their military service.

Veterans told these stories over the past several months. A team of VA story tellers interviewed Veterans starting in May 2020.

Where to view

People can view content at a special Desert Storm website at

Content is always available on the following social media channels.

·         Facebook page is at

·         Twitter feed is at

·         YouTube channel is at

·         Instagram is at

Marsha Turner, MSEd

Managing Director / Alternate Designated Federal Officer

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses

Health Services Research & Development

Durham VA Health Care System

508 Fulton Street (152) | Durham, NC  27705

P: 919-945-6462 |