The following observations provide commentary on major trends, accomplishments, and challenges in military medical recordkeeping during and after the Gulf War. They are intended primarily for consideration by veterans who seek insight into why their medical records might be incomplete or difficult to access, and by Department of Defense personnel who are responsible for developing future policies. They encompass past medical recordkeeping shortfalls and subsequent corrective actions, as well as contemporary policies and future initiatives that focus on deployments as a routine facet of military service. These observations reflect how DoD medical recordkeeping has evolved, where it appears to be heading, and why it is so important to both the concerns of the veteran and the health of the force.

This information topic remains open. Should additional information become available, it will be incorporated. If you have records, photographs, recollections, or find errors in the details reported, please call 1-800-497-6261.

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