Registry for Veterans who may have been exposed
VA's Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry will allow OEF/OIF/OND and 1990–91 Gulf War 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.
We revised the draft questionnaire based on comments from Veterans and others. For example, we added questions on constrictive bronchiolitis, pulmonary fibrosis, immune and neurological disorders, and sewage treatment ponds. Please don’t complete the questionnaire because it isn’t final.
We will announce how to sign up once the registry is available. We are working to meet the one-year time frame as required by a law signed Jan. 10, 2013.
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.
Action plan guides treatment and study
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:
- Develop a standard screening and evaluation of Servicemembers and Veterans with respiratory complaints after deployment in order to improve care
- Conduct a long-term study that will follow Veterans for decades looking at their exposures and health issues to determine the impact of deployment
Read the Feb. 4, 2013 notice in the Federal Register to learn more about VA’s strategy and action plan.