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Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

 

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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.

Features:

  • Review resources to learn more about burn pits, potential health care risks and VA benefits
  • Complete a questionnaire about your 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 your completed questionnaire to share with your provider

App Description

Burn Pit Registry - Mobile App Icon
Lock Icon - DS Logon Required

If you are a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provider, the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry allows you to access health data from registry participants.

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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 participants (Veterans and Servicemembers) become more knowledgeable of their own potential health issues and help VA better understand the potential health effects of deployment-related exposures.

Features:

  • 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
FAQ's: 

What is the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry?

The Registry is a 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. This information includes exposures to airborne hazards (such as smoke from burn pits, oil-well fires or pollution during deployment), as well as other health concerns.

Participation in the Registry is voluntary. The Registry will help you become more aware of your own potential health issues and help the Department of Veterans Affairs (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 and use your completed questionnaire to discuss concerns with your provider and learn about follow-up care. Information you report will be maintained in a secure database, and may be used in future research studies. Participation in the Registry will not affect disability compensation or other services you may currently be receiving from VA.

How do I participate in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry?

If you are an eligible Active Duty Servicemember or Veteran, you can participate in the Registry by completing a web-based health questionnaire about your exposures to certain environmental hazards and overall health. To participate in the Registry, you must have a DS Logon Level 2 (Premium) Account. If you have questions about your DS Logon account, visit mobilehealth.va.gov/dslogon or dial 1-800-983-0937 for assistance.

From the front page of the Registry https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry/, you will be required to enter your DS Logon Level 2 (Premium) Account information in order to log in. Once you have logged in, you must complete the entire questionnaire. After you have submitted your questionnaire, your information will be incorporated into the Registry. You can print and save your completed questionnaire for your records.

What if I am not sure if I have a DS Logon Level 2 (Premium) Account, or I have one but have forgotten my login information?

If you need to register for a DS Logon Level 2 (Premium) Account or are having trouble accessing your existing account, you can:

  • Follow the instructions on the Registry homepage to attempt to log in.
  • Visit mobilehealth.va.gov; or call 1-800-983-0937.

What if I have a DS Logon Level 1 (Basic) Account?

You will need to upgrade your account to a DS Logon Level 2 (Premium) Account. You can:

  • Follow the instructions on the Registry homepage to attempt to log in.
  • Visit mobilehealth.va.gov; or call 1-800-983-0937.

Why should I participate in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry?

Participation in the Registry will help you become more aware of your general health and any potential health issues you may be at risk for as a result of exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards. It will also help you receive information about ongoing health studies and VA services. Additionally, the Registry will help VA learn more about the health effects of exposure to such hazards, and better monitor certain diseases and health conditions. Your participation will also make you eligible for a no-cost VA medical evaluation.

Am I eligible to participate in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry?

VA will use deployment data provided by the Department of Defense (DoD) to determine your eligibility. To be eligible, you must be a Veteran or Servicemember who deployed to contingency operations in the Southwest Asia theater of operations at any time on or after August 2, 1990, 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 the Red Sea.

Do I need to participate in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to submit a claim for disability compensation through VA?

You do not need to participate in the Registry to submit a claim for disability compensation. The Registry and the disability compensation processes are separate and not related. Participation in the Registry will not affect your disability compensation or services you’re currently receiving from VA. You can find information on how to submit a claim for disability compensation through VA at the following benefits.va.gov/compensation/.

How long does the questionnaire take to complete?

About 40 minutes.

Can I save my answers and come back to the questionnaire?

Yes. You do not have to complete the questionnaire in one sitting. You have the option to save your answers at any time by selecting the Save button at the bottom of the screen. NOTE: You will not be enrolled in the Registry until you have completed and submitted the questionnaire.

What types of questions should I be prepared to answer?

You will be asked a series of questions in the following categories:

  • 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

When I add personal information in to the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, will other people see my answers?

Your information will be saved and reviewed only by VA for authorized purposes, such as research studies and development of methods for better monitoring of health conditions resulting from exposure to airborne hazards.

You are responsible for protecting personal information you choose to print out or download. Do not leave your printed information on a printer or save your downloaded information to a public computer.

If you are using a public computer, the safest way to view your information is to choose the .TXT file and view it only. If you choose to open or download a PDF file, you create a temporary file on the computer. This file can be viewed by others. To reduce the chance of others viewing your Registry information you should not download your data to public or shared computers.

Will my health care team be able to access my completed questionnaire on their computers?

Your health care team will not have the ability to access your completed questionnaire during medical evaluations. VA is currently working on developing the technology involved in this and will update Veterans and Servicemembers as information becomes available.

After completing the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, how do I schedule a no-cost medical evaluation?

If you are a Veteran, you may choose to schedule an initial no-cost, in-person medical evaluation.

If you are registered in the VA health care system, please contact your primary health care provider or your Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) to schedule a medical evaluation.

If you are not registered in the VA health care system, please contact an environmental health coordinator near you. You may find a list of environmental health coordinators at the following link by state: www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/coordinators.asp.

Active Duty (Active Duty Servicemembers, including activated Reserve and Guard personnel): If you have any non-urgent 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, you are eligible for a no-cost VA health care evaluation, just like other Veterans. If you are a Veteran or inactive/separated National Guard or Reservist, are not registered in the VA health care system and would like to schedule a no-cost medical evaluation, please contact a VA environmental health coordinator in your area by visiting this link: www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/coordinators.asp

How do I log out of the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry?

Select the Logout button at the upper right corner of the screen.

What do I do if I need additional information or help?

You can find answers to additional questions regarding the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry on the site at https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry. A Quick Start Guide, Slideshow and User Manual for the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry can be found on mobilehealth.va.gov/training.

If you need assistance with the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, dial 1-877-470-5947 to speak with a VA representative. The Help Desk is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT. For TTY assistance, dial 711.

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