Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry reaches major milestone
In March 2020, the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry exceeded 200,000 registrants. The registry, which began in June 2014, allows Veterans and service members to self-report their exposures and health concerns in an online questionnaire that can be used to initiate discussions of health concerns with a provider.
“Concerns about the long-term effects of exposure to burn pits remain a priority,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “By joining the registry, Veterans, service members and the Department will further understand the impact of deployment-related exposures on health.”
The Department of Defense (DoD) encouraged registry participation in a letter sent in March to more than 700,000 active-duty, Guard, and Reserve members, which ultimately helped push participation beyond the 200,000 mark. VA and DoD have an active partnership in the registry and addressing issues related to airborne hazards and open burn pits.
In addition to completing a questionnaire, registry participation involves an in-person exam by a provider. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many VA facilities are deferring exams to protect registry participants, medical staff and other patients. Some VA facilities are offering registry exams through telehealth (see previous article). Learn more about this registry, including eligibility and how Veterans can sign up.