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Join the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, VA's fastest growing registry

Gulf War Newsletter: Information for Veterans who served in operations desert shield and desert storm and their families
 
Burn pit smoke rising.

Smoke from an open burn pit.

The Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry now includes more than 100,000 participants, making it the fastest growing registry ever offered by VA. Between February 10, 2017, and the launch of the registry in June 2014, 101,012 Veterans and Servicemembers have joined, including Veterans of the Gulf War who served again in Southwest Asia. An estimated three million Veterans and Servicemembers are eligible to participate in the registry.

The burn pit registry was designed to address Veterans’ health concerns about burn pit exposure. Veterans and Servicemembers can voluntarily document their exposures and report their health concerns by filling out a survey online.

Veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations after August 2, 1990, or in Afghanistan or Djibouti, Africa, after September 11, 2001, can enroll in the burn pit registry at https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry/. Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire on where the Veteran has lived, what type of work they have done, and their exposures, health care use, and hobbies.

The benefits of participating in the burn pit registry are:

  • Servicemembers can obtain a free health evaluation from a Department of Defense (DoD) provider.
  • Veterans can obtain a free health evaluation from a VA provider.
  • Veterans can discuss their completed questionnaire with a health care provider to gain better health awareness.
  • VA can better understand the long-term health effects of being exposed to burn pits and other airborne hazards.
  • Information from the registry can help VA plan for needed services for Veterans.

Additional information about the registry can be found at https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/burnpits/registry.asp. Similar registries include the Gulf War Registry Health Exam https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/benefits/registry-exam.asp and the Agent Orange Registry Health Exam https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/benefits/registry-exam.asp, designed for Vietnam Veterans.

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