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As a Veteran who served in Southwest Asia, you may have been exposed to airborne hazards such as open burn pits or other environmental hazards. Burn pits were a common way to get rid of waste at military sites. Smoke from these pits contained chemicals that may have short and long-term health effects, especially for those who were exposed for long periods.
Having health concerns is normal, especially if you have unexplained illnesses because of your time in Southwest Asia. Participating in the VA's Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry can help VA better serve you.
Is the registry for me?
The Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry is a free, voluntary online questionnaire where you can document your exposures and report health issues. VA will determine eligibility for the registry based on deployment information from the Department of Defense (DoD). Enrollment in VA health care is not required.
To be eligible, you must be a Veteran or Servicemember who served in one of the following locations:
United Arab Emirates
Waters of the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea or the Red Sea
Djibouti (Horn of Africa) (after 9/11/2001)
Afghanistan (after 9/11/2001)
Veterans who served in any of these locations, except for Djibouti or Afghanistan, are also eligible for the Gulf War Registry.
There are many benefits to participating in the registry. However, participation does not guarantee other VA benefits such as disability compensation. Completing the 40-minute questionnaire will help you and your health care team in or outside of VA:
Identify health conditions possibly related to exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards.
Learn about follow-up care you require.
Receive updated news and information about the long-term health effects of burn pits.
Contribute to research on airborne hazards and health, which can help improve the quality of care for Veterans.