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Military Exposures & Your Health - 2019 -Issue #1

Military Exposures & Your Health: Information for Veterans who servedthe gulf war era and their families

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Welcome to the first issue of the newsletter “Military Exposures and Your Health.” This newsletter will be released twice a year. It combines the previous “Gulf War Newsletter” and “Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter.” It is meant for Veterans who served during the period from 1990 to the present. Topics covered include military environmental exposures in the region, benefits information, updates about general health, and news about issues of concern to Veterans.

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In this issue...

The Individual Longitudinal Exposure Record An individual, electronic record of exposures for service members and Veterans is under development.

Gulf War Veterans and Presumptions For Veterans who served since August 2, 1990, VA presumes service connection for certain health conditions and provides disability payments and health care benefits.

Sleep Apnea in Gulf War Veterans There are several types of sleep apnea, and some research has been conducted on Gulf War service and sleep apnea.

New Resources on the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry VA created new materials and updated information on the registry.

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Your Health Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are synthetic chemicals that have been used to fight fuel fires.

Spotlight on the Work of an Environmental Health Coordinator and Clinician Mr. William Kingsberry and Dr. Shoba Battu work together to make sure that Veterans receive environmental health registry exams. Find out about their roles and about environmental health registries.

Research Update: WRIISC’s Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence The New Jersey WRIISC was designated as the site for the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) and continues its research program.

VA’s Toxic Embedded Fragment Surveillance Center Program VA offers programs for Veterans who are concerned about health effects from toxic embedded fragments or depleted uranium.

National Academies to Review Long-Term Health Effects of Antimalarial Drugs VA has contracted with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study on the long-term health effects of antimalarial drugs.

The Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry Program The Airborne Hazard and Open Burn Pit Registry program reached its five-year anniversary in June 2019. With this milestone, VA has achieved many important goals and continues to strive for improvement.

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