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Military Exposures & Your Health - 2021 -Issue #4

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



Welcome to the fourth issue of Military Exposures & Your Health. This issue includes information about registries, including findings on allergic rhinitis from the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, an overview of all of VA environmental health registries, and a spotlight on Kenya Singleton, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, and her role in offering registry exams remotely. In this issue you can learn about the work that the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center is doing to understand the health effects of airborne hazards, and about benefits and services for Veterans exposed to airborne hazards. You will also find information about the Exposure Ed app and about the latest National Academies report on the respiratory health effects of airborne hazards.  Find past issues of this biannual newsletter online.

In this issue...

Allergic Rhinitis and findings from Burn Pit Registry participants Among participants in VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, allergic rhinitis (hay fever or allergies) are the third most commonly reported health condition of Veterans who served in Southwest Asia.

Have you heard of Exposure Ed? VA’s mobile app, Exposure Ed, helps health care providers better address Veterans’ questions about the health effects of military exposures and exposure-related benefits and services. The app is free and available to the public so that Veterans and their family members can access it as well.                                                  

VA benefits and services for Veterans exposed to airborne hazards Learn about VA benefits and services for Veterans exposed to airborne hazards or open burn pits during deployment.

Spotlight on an Environmental Health Clinician: Kenya Singleton, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC VA nurse practitioner Kenya Singleton spoke about her role as a Lead Environmental Health Clinician for VISN 22 and how her clinic has evolved to care for Veterans in recent times.

VA’s WRIISC offers expertise in airborne hazards VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Center in East Orange, NJ, is conducting several initiatives as a part of its effort to understand the health effects of airborne hazards and provide care for Veterans.

VA’s Environmental Health Registries VA offers six no-cost Environmental Health Registries. These registries provide voluntary medical assessments for Veterans who may have been exposed to certain environmental hazards during military service.           

National Academies publishes a report on respiratory health effects of airborne hazards The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published the report The Respiratory Health Effects of Airborne Hazards Exposures in the Southwest Asia Theater of Military Operations on September 11, 2020.


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