VA Launches Burn Pit Registry
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry for service members and veterans who may have been exposed to airborne hazards such as burn pits, oil-well fires, and dust storms.
A recent survey by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America indicates that 76% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were exposed to burn pits during deployment. Please encourage your service member or veteran to visit the VA’s online Burn Pit Registry to see if they are eligible to participate.
Participation in the registry is voluntary and open to any veteran or service member who deployed to:
- Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
- Operation New Dawn (OND)
- Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
- Anywhere in the Southwest Asia theater of operations after August 2, 1990 to include Djibouti, Africa after September 11, 2001
Why should your service member participate in the VA’s Burn Pit Registry?
The Burn Pit Registry will enhance VA’s understanding of the long-term health effects of exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment, ultimately leading to better health care.
By joining the registry, your service member will:
- Help VA learn more about the potential health effects of exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards
- Help improve VA’s deployment health programs
- Receive information about ongoing health studies and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Please visit the VA’s website to learn more about the Burn Pit Registry and how to enroll.
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