Veterans serving in hot, desert climates, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan, may have suffered from heat injuries. These heat injuries include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and sunburn.
Heat stroke is a serious illness that occurs when the body is unable to control its own temperature.
Heat exhaustion is an illness caused by dehydration and salt loss, and can lead to heat stroke.
Sunburn occurs when skin is overexposed to ultraviolet radiation.
Veterans who have suffered from heat injuries during military service may be more susceptible to heat and more serious heat injuries in the future.
If you are concerned about health problems associated with heat injuries during military service, talk to your health care provider or local VA Environmental Health Coordinator.
Veterans may file a claim for disability compensation for health problems they believe are related to heat exposure during military service. VA decides these claims on a case-by-case basis. File a claim online.
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Last updated December 27, 2013