VA's Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry allows eligible Veterans and Servicemembers to document their exposures and report health concerns through an online questionnaire.
Eligible Veterans and Servicemembers include those who served in:
Check your eligibility and sign up. It takes about 40 minutes to complete the questionnaire. You can do it in one sitting or save it and come back later. After completing the questionnaire, you may request a free, optional medical evaluation.
You'll need a Premium DS Logon Level 2 account to sign up. Don't already have one? Go to My Access Center to register for a DS Logon.
If you have health concerns, 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.