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:
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.
For Veterans concerned about DU exposure during combat, VA offers a screening program that involves completing:
For Veterans exposed to DU from embedded fragments or with DU-contaminated wounds, the Depleted Uranium Follow-Up Program involves:
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.
Veterans Crisis Line:
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington DC 20420
Last updated December 24, 2013