If you are a Veteran or Servicemember who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations after August 2, 1990, or in Djibouti, Africa or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, you are eligible to participate in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.
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The Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry is an online database of health information from Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) or 1990-1991 Gulf War Veterans and Servicemembers collected through a questionnaire about exposures to airborne hazards. The Registry will help you become more aware of your own potential health issues and help VA better understand the potential health effects of deployment-related exposures.
By enrolling in the Registry, you can create a snapshot from which to identify changes in your health, print your completed questionnaire, use it to discuss concerns with your provider and learn about follow-up care.
Some Veterans and Servicemembers may experience difficulties receiving accurate deployment information within the registry if they deployed during the following timeframes:
- After 1991, but before September 11, 2001
- If you have recently returned from deployment within the last 60 days
If you are a Veteran or Servicemember experiencing difficulties receiving the correct deployment information and have deployed during the outlined deployment periods stated above, we ask for your patience while we continue to address technical approaches to solving any challenges.
- Review additional information about burn pits and health care resources
- Review a participant’s completed questionnaire with information about his or her 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
- Print or download a participant’s completed questionnaire
- Demonstration providing introduction to the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry mobile application for Veterans.
Verify Contact Information
If your information is up to date select the My Contact Information is Correct button beneath the chart. If you need to change your contact information, select the No, I Need to Update my Information button beneath the chart.
Completing the Questionnaire
Track your progress through the questionnaire on the outline on the left side of the screen or the status bar along the top. If you wish to exit the Registry and finish the questionnaire later, you can save your answers. When you return, you can pick up where you left off.
Review Completed Questionnaire
After you have submitted the questionnaire, you will come to a Congratulations screen. You are now a participant in the Registry. The screen will contain a View Documents for Downloading or Printing section where there are multiple resources. You can even access the completed copy of the questionnaire that you submitted.
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Veterans: Medical professionals with expertise in military exposures and health care benefits are available at VA medical centers. Veterans who are already enrolled in VA health care should talk to their primary care provider or Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) to schedule an appointment for a medical evaluation. Veterans who are not already enrolled should contact an Environmental Health Coordinator at the nearest VA medical center. Find the nearest Environmental Health Coordinator by visiting the following link: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/coordinators.asp
Active Duty (Active Duty Servicemembers, including activated Reserve and Guard personnel): If you have any health or exposure concerns, you may contact your local military hospital or clinic to schedule an appointment for a voluntary medical evaluation. You should state that you are calling for an appointment specifically to address “health concerns related to the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry exposures.” DoD will provide you with a voluntary medical evaluation upon request. Please note a medical evaluation is NOT required to be in the registry.
Reserve Component members (Army and Air National Guard, and Reserve): Whether discharged or still serving, these individuals will be managed by the VA in the same manner as other Veterans. The VA will provide a voluntary medical evaluation upon request. If you are a Veteran or inactive/separated National Guard or Reservist, and you are enrolled in the VA Health Care System, you should contact your primary care physician or Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) to schedule an appointment for a medical evaluation. If you are a Veteran or inactive/separated National Guard or Reservist, are not enrolled in the VA Health Care System and would like to schedule an initial no-cost medical evaluation, please contact a VA Environmental Health Coordinator (EHC) in your area by visiting this link: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/coordinators.asp
Public Law 112-260 Section 201, the law that established the Registry, limits participation to individuals who deployed as members of the Armed Forces. However, the results obtained from health assessments completed by participating Veterans and Servicemembers and the accompanying research might be beneficial to other individuals who also deployed. VA and DoD will continue to evaluate available science and update outreach materials such as this website with new findings.
In the meantime, all Federal Government civilian employees and contractor personnel who were possibly exposed to airborne hazards, including open burn pits, and have concerns about an exposure or possible deployment-related illness or injury, should seek medical attention and contact the agency or company that employed them during the relevant deployment(s). Non-military former deployers who believe a health condition may be job-related should work with their employer to file for workers’ compensation if they qualify.
You must have or create a DS Logon before beginning the Registry. Obtaining a DS Logon can be accomplished at the following link: dmdc.osd.mil/identitymanagement
- Follow the instructions on the Registry homepage to attempt to log in.
- Visit mobile.va.gov/dslogon; or call 1-800-983-0937.
- VA Launchpad, which you can access at mobilehealth.va.gov/appstore. The VA Launchpad is an easy way to consolidate VA’s Mobile Applications (Apps) and websites that require a DS Logon and enables you to sign in once to access multiple tools.
- Directly from the Registry Home screen at https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry.
Directly from the eBenefits portal after you are logged in.
There are two ways you can log into the Registry:
- When you access the Registry through the App Store and reach the Registry Home screen, select DS Logon Sign in (either with the button in the upper right corner or in the right-hand column) > Enter your DS Logon Level 2 (Premium) Account credentials > Select Sign In.
- Log into your eBenefits account > Under the main menu, select Manage Health > You will go to a Manage Your Health Care Benefits screen > Scroll down the page until you reach the Health Studies section > Select Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.
- Deployment timeframes and bases to which you were stationed
- Conditions and health issues that cause difficulty with daily activities
- Current and past health symptoms
- Residential history (where you have lived)
- Occupational history (what type of work you do)
- Dust, gas, vapors or fumes exposures
- Home environment and hobbies
- Health care use
- Contact preferences