Depleted Uranium Follow-Up Program
VA and the Department of Defense established the Depleted Uranium Follow-up Program at the Baltimore VA Medical Center to screen and monitor Veterans for health problems associated with exposure to depleted uranium (DU).
VA requires active duty service in any of the conflicts listed below to qualify for the DU Follow-up Program:
- Gulf War
- Operation Enduring Freedom
- Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Operation New Dawn
The DU Follow-Up Program is especially geared to Veterans who were on, in or near vehicles hit with "friendly fire"; rescuers entering burning vehicles, and those near burning vehicles; salvaging damaged vehicles; or near fires involving DU munitions.
Screening and follow-up care
For Veterans concerned about DU exposure during combat, VA offers a screening program that involves completing:
- An exposure questionnaire
- 24-hour urine collection test
For Veterans exposed to DU from embedded fragments or with DU-contaminated wounds, the Depleted Uranium Follow-up Program involves:
- Detailed physical exams
- Clinical tests of organ systems function
- Recommendations for treatment, including surgical removal of embedded fragments
So far no health problems associated with DU exposure have been found in Veterans exposed to DU. Researchers and clinicians continue to monitor the health of these Veterans.