[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 59 (Tuesday, March 27, 2012)]
[Pages 18307-18308]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7355]



Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Task Force Report

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Secretary Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established 
the Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Task Force (GWVI-TF) in August 2009 to 
conduct a comprehensive review of VA policies and programs addressing 
1990-1991 Gulf War Veterans' illnesses. The GWVI-TF published its first 
annual report in September 2010.
    The GWVI-TF posted a draft of its 2011 annual report for public 
comment on October 20, 2011. VA published the report in the Federal 
Register (76 FR 65321) and posted it on a social media Web site created 
specifically to elicit

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responses on the report. VA collected comments through both venues. 
During the thirty day comment period, VA received twenty-five comments 
submitted through the Federal Register venue and over 450 comments from 
over 500 registered users through the social media Web site. VA 
sincerely thanks all those who took the time to submit comments.
    VA has completed its 2011 Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Task Force 
Report. The GWVI-TF reviewed all the comments submitted and addressed 
in this report those comments that were directly responsive to the 
report. Comments specifically addressed in this report are annotated 
accordingly. The comments that were not directly responsive to the 
report will serve as guidance for the GWVI-TF to consider as it moves 
    Finally, there were a number of individual requests for assistance. 
Those that contained sufficient specific information were referred to 
appropriate VA offices for action. Those that were not specific enough 
or were anonymously submitted will serve as background for 
consideration on areas for the GWVI-TF to study in the future.

ADDRESSES: The 2011 Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Task Force Report is 
available on the VA Web site at: http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/2011_GWVI-TF_Report.pdf.

Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20420, at (202) 461-4814.

    Approved: March 22, 2012.
John R. Gingrich,
Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2012-7355 Filed 3-26-12; 8:45 am]