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Is the Open Burn Pit Registry for me?

Registering can help VA better serve you

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:

  • Iraq

  • Kuwait

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Bahrain

  • Qatar

  • Oman

  • 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.

Veterans who are eligible for the registry can obtain an optional no-cost, in-person medical evaluation. After completing the questionnaire, Veterans should schedule the evaluation with a VA provider by contacting a local Environmental Health Coordinator. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most VA facilities are deferring exams to protect registry participants, medical staff, and other patients. Some VA facilities are offering registry exams through telehealth.

How does participating benefit me?

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.

Using the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry app, you can review additional information about burn pits and health care resources and view and print your completed questionnaire.

How do I sign up?

Join the over 210,000 Veterans already participating in the registry and understand your health better. Access your questionnaire now in three steps.

  • Use your Premium DS Logon Level 2 account to access the questionnaire. You must have a Premium DS Logon Level 2 account to participate.

    • If you do not have a Premium DS Logon Level 2 account, you may register here.

  • Complete the entire questionnaire and submit.

  • Print or save the completed questionnaire for your records.

    • Bring a copy of your completed questionnaire to your in-person medical evaluation.

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