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Airborne Hazards

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The Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry is a database of information about Veterans and Service members.

Participation in the registry is voluntary and will not affect access to health care or benefits. Veterans and Service members can use the registry questionnaire to report exposures to airborne hazards (such as smoke from burn pits, oil-well fires, or pollution during deployment), as well as other exposures and health concerns. 

VA will maintain the security of all information provided in the registry.

The registry will help monitor health conditions affecting eligible Veterans and Service members.  The data will improve programs to help Veterans and Service members with deployment exposure concerns.

VA determines eligibility for the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry based on deployment information from the Department of Defense (DoD). To be eligible, you must be a Veteran or Service member who deployed to contingency operations in the Southwest Asia theater of operations at any time on or after August 2, 1990 (as defined in 38 CFR 3.317(e)(2)), or Afghanistan or Djibouti on or after September 11, 2001. These regions include the following countries, bodies of water, and the airspace above these locations:

  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Kuwait
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Bahrain
  • Djibouti
  • Gulf of Aden
  • Gulf of Oman
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Waters of the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, and Red Sea

To learn more about the VA registry or sign-up, visit the Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry


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