The Airborne hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

by Rachel Baker on July 10, 2014

This is a good article in that there is a good story attached, but it also has links and explanation about one of the newest Registries for Veterans.

On June 25 -– 17 months after President Barack Obama signed a law creating a national tally for burn pit-related illnesses -– the VA launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Service members and veterans are eligible to enroll if they served in Iraq, Afghanistan or Djibouti, Africa after Sept. 11, 2001, or if they served in the Gulf War or “the Southwest Asia theater of operations after Aug. 2, 1990,” according to a VA news release.

“The Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to caring for the needs of veterans who have lung and other health conditions possibly related to their deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Victoria Dillon, an agency spokeswoman. The registry was built for “veterans to report their health concerns and exposure to particulate matter and other environmental hazards, such as smoke from burn pits.”

Iraq War Vet Lived to See Birth of ‘Burn Pit’ Registry for Ill Troops

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