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.
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
In total, 169,646 Veterans and service members completed and submitted the registry questionnaire between April 25, 2014 and March 4 2019.
Check your eligibility and sign up. It takes about 40 minutes to complete the questionnaire. You can do it in one sitting or save it and come back later.
You can print and use your completed questionnaire to discuss concerns with your provider. VA providers can also access an online copy of your questionnaire.
Important points about the Burn Pit Registry:
- No cost to participate
- Not a disability compensation questionnaire or required for other VA benefits
- Enrollment in VA’s health care system not necessary
- Based on Veterans’/service members’ recollection of service, not on their military records
- Veterans’/service members’ family members are not eligible to participate
- After completing the questionnaire you can schedule a free health exam with a VA provider (find your local Environmental Health Coordinator to help set up an appointment)
- Participation in the registry contributes to research on airborne hazards and health, which helps improve the quality of care for Veterans
Number of Participants
See the number of Veterans and service members who have participated in the registry by state and U.S. territory, from the start of the registry in June 2014 through the latest quarter.
Findings from the burn pit registry are available in the following publications and reports:
- Jani N, Falvo MJ, Sotolongo A, Osinubi OY, Tseng CL, Rowneki M, Montopoli M, Morley SW, Mitchell V, Helmer DA. Blast Injury and Cardiopulmonary Symptoms in U.S. Veterans: Analysis of a National Registry. Ann Intern Med; 2017; 167: 753-755.
- Liu J, Lezama N, Gasper J, Kawata J, Morley S, Helmer D, Ciminera P. Burn Pit Emissions Exposure and Respiratory and Cardiovascular Conditions Among Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry Participants. J. Occup Environ Med; 2016; 58: e249-255.
- Report (1.68 MB, PDF) highlighting health conditions and physical limitations experienced by Veterans and Active Duty service members who filled out the registry survey between April 25, 2014 and December 31, 2014.
- Report (1.48 MB, PDF) on the health effects of exposures, including burn pits and other environmental hazards, experienced by Veterans and Active Duty service members who filled out the registry survey between April 25, 2014 and September 30, 2014.
Learm more about the burn pit registry from recent articles:
Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter (2018) - The Burn Pit Registry - Moving Forward with New Directives and Reports
Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter (2018) The Burn Pit Registry - Participating Contributes to Important Research Efforts
Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter (Fall 2017)- Getting the Most from the Burn Pit Registry – Completing an In-person Medical Evaluation
Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter (Fall 2017)- The Burn Pit Registry; Reaching Milestones in 2017
Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter (Fall 2016)- VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry
Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter (Fall 2015)- The Burn Pit Registry: What You Need to Know
Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter (Fall 2014)- The Burn Pit Registry Launches