By Stephanie Green Eber, Health Science Specialist Post Deployment Health Services
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
VA launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry in June 2014 to better understand the long-term health effects of exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment. The number of new participants in this registry is climbing steadily, and will soon reach the milestone of 100,000 participants. As of December 9, 2016, the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry includes 95,593 Veterans and Service members. An estimated 3 million Veterans and Service members are eligible to join the registry.
“The benefit of the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry for participants is that they can document their exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards in an online questionnaire and print a copy of their questionnaire to discuss with their health care provider. Also, Veterans can get a free medical evaluation from VA.” said Michael Montopoli, MD, MPH, Director of the Post-9/11 Era Environmental Health Program in VA’s Office of Patient Care Services.
“The registry will help VA provide the right health care services for Veterans in the future.”
Veterans and Servicemembers who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations after August 2, 1990, or in Afghanistan or Djibouti, Africa, after September 11, 2001 are eligible to participate in the registry. Participants complete a survey which asks where the Veteran or Servicemember lives, what type of work they do, and their exposures, health care use, and hobbies. The survey takes about 40 minutes to complete.
Many Veterans have reported concerns about their respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and dermatologic health, along with concerns about cancer. VA would like to learn more about the experiences of those who served.
“The registry informs VA and DoD about the health concerns, exposures, and health outcomes of Veterans and Servicemembers,” said Montopoli. “The registry will help VA provide the right health care services for Veterans in the future.”
Are you a Veteran or Servicemember who would like to join the growing number of participants in the burn pit registry? Go to
https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry/. Additional information about the registry is available at http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/burnpits/registry.asp.