The Department of Veterans Affairs (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 will soon reach 100,000. An estimated 3 million Veterans and service members are eligible to join the registry. Veterans and service members 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. To join the registry, visit the VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry webpage. For more information, read the VA VAntage Point Blog and visit the VA Public Health website.
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