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The Burn Pit Registry - moving forward with new directives and reports

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VA is finalizing a response to a new directive for the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to establish clinical and administrative policies. This directive will improve the way VA staff across the country understand their role in facilitating the registry and providing the free, optional medical exam.

VA also expects the “Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry,” a Congressionally-mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to be finalized soon.

Key Facts the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

The Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry allows eligible Veterans and Servicemembers to document their exposures and report health concerns through an online questionnaire. After completing the questionnaire, participants can request a voluntary face-to-face medical evaluation. Veterans and Servicemembers can participate in the registry.

Below are key facts about eligibility for the registry and the benefits of participating:

  • The registry is for Veterans and Servicemembers who may have been exposed to airborne hazards, such as open burn pits, during service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations. To be eligible, you must have been deployed to the Southwest Asia theater of operations on or after August 2,1990, or after September 11, 2001, to include Afghanistan and Djibouti.
  • You do not need to be enrolled in VA health care to participate.
  • The registry will help VA monitor health conditions affecting Veterans and Servicemembers.
  • Participants can obtain a copy of their questionnaire to share with non-VA providers from the secure registry web-application.
  • Registry data will be used to improve VA programs for Veterans and Servicemembers with deployment-related exposure concerns.
  • The registry will help researchers study long-term health issues that may be associated with burn pits.
  • The registry can be used to contact you as new information becomes available.
  • The registry medical evaluation does not confer Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) benefits. You still need to file a claim with VBA for disability benefits.