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VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

Registry for Veterans and Service Members

VA's Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry allows eligible Veterans and service members to document their exposures and report health concerns through an online questionnaire.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your risk We recognize that everyone is concerned about the risk of contracting Coronavirus (COVID-19), including Veterans. Veterans have the same risk for Coronavirus infection and illness severity as the general population, based on the current understanding of this virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Those who may be at higher risk for more severe complications from COVID-19 include adults age 65 or over; smokers; those who reside in a nursing home or long-term care facility; and those who have an underlying health condition such as chronic lung disease, asthma, a serious heart condition, breathing problems, diabetes, severe obesity, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, or are immunocompromised. Veterans who do not have these risk factors are not at an increased risk for illness severity based on the best available scientific and clinical information. If you have specific health concerns, please discuss them with your primary health care team. All individuals should adhere to recommended precautions regarding the virus such as frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, and keeping six feet of space between yourself and others. For Veterans’ health and safety, environmental health registry evaluations are deferred or offered via telehealth, depending on the location.

For more information related to airborne hazards and burn pit exposure, see the VA Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence statement on COVID-19.

Eligible Veterans and service members include those who served in:

  • Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn
  • Djibouti, Africa on or after September 11, 2001
  • Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm
  • Southwest Asia theater of operations on or after August 2, 1990

Check your eligibility and sign up.

What you Need to Know

  • There's no cost to participate
  • You should schedule a free health exam with a VA provider after completing the questionnaire
  • Participation is not required for other VA benefits such as disability compensation
  • Enrollment in VA health care is not required
  • Answers should be based on your recollection of service, not on your military records
  • Family members are not eligible to participate
  • Your participation contributes to research on airborne hazards and health, which helps improve the quality of care for Veterans

Burn Pit Registry Passes 200,000 Participant Milestone

VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry passed a milestone of greater than 200,000 participants. In total, 212,829 Veterans and service members completed and submitted the registry questionnaire between April 25, 2014 and August 20, 2020.

Total Participants by State

Fact sheets on the number of participants by state beginning in June 2014 through the most recent quarter

Summary of Self-Reported Registry Data

Charts and graphs showing selected data and demographic characteristics of registry participants

Beginning in June 2014

Beginning April 25, 2014