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Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter - Fall 2017

Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter: Information for Veterans who served in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn.
 

In this issue...

Getting the Most from the Burn Pit Registry – Completing an In-person Medical Evaluation
To get the most out of the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, Veterans can do more than just participate online. The next step is to schedule an appointment for a free medical evaluation with a local VA provider. Read about how to schedule an exam.

The Burn Pit Registry: Reaching Milestones in 2017
The Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry reached four important milestones in 2017, including surpassing 100,000 participants. Read about these milestones and how to participate in this registry.

Caring for Veterans and Service Members Exposed to Chemical Warfare Agents
Service members may have been exposed to chemical warfare agents while destroying or handling explosive ordnance, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs), while serving in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn between 2003 and 2011. VA and DoD have been working together to identify and provide services to military personnel exposed to chemical warfare agents, including a providing a clinical assessment and information about disability compensation.

Medical Screening of Qarmat Ali Veterans
VA and DoD completed the Qarmat Ali Medical Surveillance Program in 2011, and found no abnormalities related to hexavalent chromium exposure from the local water treatment facility. They are planning a second round of medical screening.  

Findings about Health from a Large Scale Survey Study
The National Health Study for a New Generation of U.S. Veterans is a large-scale study on health issues facing OEF/OIF-era Veterans. Researchers have published findings from this study on respiratory health, infertility and pregnancy, mental health, and more.

Researchers Study Lung Health in Deployed Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
Researchers from the Airborne Hazards Center of Excellence at the New Jersey War Related Illness and Injury Study Center conducted a study on lung function and lung diffusing capacity in deployed Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans.

Environmental Health Coordinators and Clinicians – Helping Veterans Concerned about Exposures
 VA offers registries for Veterans with service after 9/11, including the Gulf War Registry and the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. They include a clinical exam and guidance on health concerns. Environmental health coordinators and clinicians can guide you through the process.

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