Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter - Fall 2015
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The Burn Pit Registry: What You Need to Know
In 2014, VA launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry for Veterans and Servicemembers who were exposed to open air burn pits at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. It contains health information collected from thousands of Veterans and active duty Servicemembers who completed a questionnaire online. VA is studying the health of exposed Veterans and Servicemembers through the Burn Pit Registry and other research efforts. Here’s what you need to know about the Burn Pit Registry...Read More »
Exposure to Chemical Warfare Agents
Servicemembers who handled or demolished explosive ordnances during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND) may have been exposed to chemical warfare agents (CWAs) and may experience related health effects. While Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel are most likely to have been exposed, non-EOD personnel may have also been exposed during Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks or during the open air demolition or transport of CWAs. Read More »
Using the Veterans Choice Program: Resources to Help Address Exposure Concerns with Providers Outside VA
On August 7, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act), calling for VA to implement the Veterans Choice Program. The Veterans Choice Program is one of the ways VA is improving access to care for Veterans. VA’s goal will always be to provide Veterans with timely, high-quality care. Even if you choose to receive care from a non-VA facility, you can still take advantage of the many VA resources available to you. Read More »
Results Are In: Study on the Health of OEF/OIF Veterans
The results are in from one of the largest studies on the health of Veterans who served during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). In 2009, VA initiated the “National Health Study for a New Generation of U.S. Veterans.” Veterans who served between October 2001 and June 2008, including OEF/OIF deployed and non-deployed Veterans, were invited to participate in the study by completing a questionnaire on paper, online, or by telephone. Read More »
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