VA's Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry will allow eligible Veterans exposed to burn pit smoke and other airborne hazards to document their exposures and report health concerns. Veterans will enter information through a web-based questionnaire and have the opportunity to obtain an evaluation. Eligible Veterans include those who served in:
The registry launch has been delayed. VA needs extra time to design and test the system to ensure functionality, data security and accessibility. Once a firm launch date is established, we will announce how to sign up for it.
You'll need a Department of Defense Self-Service logon (DS Logon) to sign up. Don't already have one? Go to My Access Center to register for a DS Logon.
The registry will keep Veterans informed about studies and treatments. It will also help VA to monitor the health conditions affecting Veterans. We will use the data to improve our programs to help Veterans with deployment exposure concerns.
If you are concerned about your exposure, talk to your health care provider or local VA Environmental Health Coordinator.
Airborne hazards are substances moving through the air that pose danger or risk. The dusty, polluted environments of Iraq and Afghanistan contain many potential airborne hazards.
The high level of fine dust and pollution common in those areas may pose a greater danger for respiratory illnesses than exposure to burn pits on U.S. base camps, according to a 2011 Institute of Medicine report, Long-Term Health Consequences of Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Acting on the findings and recommendations in the report, VA and the Department of Defense are working to:
Read the Feb. 4, 2013 notice in the Federal Register to learn more about VA’s strategy and action plan.