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Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

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Adapted from the VA’s Your Guide to the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry: 

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.

There is not enough medical or scientific information to conclude that short or long-term health effects have occurred from exposures to smoke from burn pits or other airborne hazards during recent deployments. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to study the health of Veterans who have deployed to recent conflicts. VA and the Department of Defense (DoD) are working on initiatives that address clinical issues and the need for long-term studies.

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

 

The Southwest Asia theater of operations includes the following locations: Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, waters of the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea, and the airspace above these locations.

Why should I participate in the registry? 

By participating in the registry, you can make a difference in your health and the health of fellow Veterans and Servicemembers. Participate in the registry to become more aware of your own health and to receive information about ongoing health studies and VA services. Participants may request a no-cost medical evaluation in which to discuss their completed questionnaire with a VA or DoD health provider. In addition, other benefits include helping VA to learn more about the potential health effects of exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards.

What will I need to participate? 

You may participate in the registry by completing a web-based health questionnaire at https://veteran.mobilehealth. va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry. To access the questionnaire, you will need your Department of Defense Self-Service logon (DS Logon). You may apply for a DS Logon account at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/dsaccess if you do not already have one. The DS Logon is a secure, self-service identification that allows active-duty Servicemembers and Veterans to access several websites using a single username and password. VA will use deployment data provided by DoD to determine your eligibility for the registry.

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