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M21-1, Part III February 25, 2005

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Appendix B

Exhibit B-6

Sample Letter Asking GW Veterans with Pending Claims if They Want Their Medical Information

Included in the Health Registry

Public Law 102-584 requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish and maintain a registry of veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Gulf War.  This registry will be used as a basis for research on the health consequences of military service in the Southwest Asia theater.

If you served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations, your name will be automatically included in the registry.  VA will also include relevant medical or other information about you, but we need your permission to do so.  The information in the registry will be shared only with the Department of Defense and others as provided by law, for example, the National Academy of Sciences for research purposes.

Periodically, VA will inform you of significant developments in research on the health consequences of military service in the Southwest Asia theater.

If you want relevant medical and other records included in the registry, please let us know.  If you do not want your records included in the registry, you do not have to do anything.

Sincerely yours,

[Signature Block of Veterans Service Center Manager]

5-B-8

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