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Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pits

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Veterans and Servicemembers who were close to burn pit smoke or exposed for longer periods may be at greater risk for health problems. Health effects from burn pit exposure will vary and depend on a number of factors such as the kind of waste being burned, pre-existing conditions, and wind direction.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working to study the health of Veterans who have deployed to recent conflicts.

Who is the registry for? 

The Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry is a database of health information about Veterans and Servicemembers. Registry participation is open to any Veteran or Servicemember who served in:

  • OEF/OIF/OND or in Djibouti, Africa, after September 11, 2001, or
  • Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm or the Southwest Asia theater of operations after August 2, 1990


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