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Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

By Veterans Health Administration
Friday, June 1, 2018

Were you exposed to smoke from burn pits, oil well fires or other harmful pollution during deployment? The #BurnPitRegistry can help identify health conditions related to airborne hazards you may have been exposed to. Sign up and learn more. 

The 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. 

How will the registry be used? 

The registry will help to monitor health conditions affecting eligible veterans and service members. We will use the data to improve our programs to help veterans and service members with deployment exposure concerns. 

Most veterans and service members will complete the questionnaire just once. We may reach out to some veterans and Service members to ask them to participate in studies that could involve additional questionnaires and exams. 

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


VA will determine 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 

Guidance for Civilians and Contractors can be found on the FAQ page.


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