You may not be aware of the fact that the VA maintains an “Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry” to allow eligible veterans and service members to document their exposures and report health concerns through an online questionnaire. Like its cousin, the Agent Orange Registry, it is often the first step towards VA long-term healthcare; and also in recognizing service related illnesses and diseases, to include making some presumptive.
Currently the registry is for those who served in:
- Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn
- Djibouti, Africa on or after September 11, 2001
- Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm
- Southwest Asia theater of operations on or after August 2, 1990
Considering the number of servicemembers who have served in the above theaters since 1990 and experienced the sand storms of the Southwest Asia theater or operations, the registry may be short of “customers.” To date, only 124,331 individuals have completed and submitted the registry questionnaire between April 25, 2014 and December 13, 2017.
To find out more or to register, click here.
As of 18 February 2018