Some Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) have retained toxic embedded fragments in their bodies after blast injuries sustained during military service.
These Veterans may be eligible for medical surveillance at the Toxic Embedded Fragment Surveillance Center at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.
Shrapnel is a common term to describe the toxic fragments from improvised explosive devices (IEDs), bombs, mines and shells. Some of the fragments may contain depleted uranium.
Although health problems caused by toxic embedded fragments are not fully understood, generally fragments are harmful in two ways:
If you are concerned about toxic embedded fragments from injuries in military service, talk to your health care provider or local VA Environmental Health Coordinator.
OEF, OIF, and OND Veterans with embedded fragments may be eligible for medical surveillance at the Toxic Embedded Fragment Surveillance Center at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.
Veterans may file a claim for disability compensation for health problems they believe are related to toxic embedded fragments from injuries during service. VA decides these claims on a case-by-case basis. File a claim online.
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Last updated February 12, 2014