"The Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Task Force (GWVI-TF) was formed to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) maintained a focus on the unique issues of Veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War. The Persian Gulf War is legally defined in title 38 U.S.C. § 101(33) as beginning on August 2, 1990, and ending on the date thereafter prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law. While the term 'Gulf War Veterans' could refer to all Veterans of conflicts during this period, including Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and subsequent conflicts, the GWVI-TF target population is Veterans who were deployed on the Operation Desert Shield and/or Operation Desert Storm components of the 1990 - 1991 Gulf War, hereafter referred to as the Gulf War. In August 2009, the Secretary of VA directed a comprehensive review of the Department's programs to support this population of Veterans, develop an overarching action plan to advance their services, and ultimately improve their satisfaction with the quality of services and support VA provides. One year later, the GWVI-TF prepared its first annual report. The report broadly reviewed programs and efforts and identified seven areas where VA service improvement was necessary. The report also developed an initial roadmap to transform the care and services delivered to Gulf War Veterans."
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.va.gov