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Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) developed the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to help service members and veterans document potential exposure to airborne hazards while serving overseas.

The registry is a secure database of health information voluntarily provided by service members and veterans that helps VA collect, analyze, and report on health conditions that may be related to environmental exposures experienced during deployment. As part of the registry, service members and veterans can participate in an optional medical exam to discuss their health with a care provider. Participation in the registry will not affect access to health care or benefits, and it is not related to the VA disability compensation claims process.


VA determines eligibility for the registry based on deployment information from the Department of Defense (DoD). Service members and veterans who deployed to the Southwest Asia theater of operations on or after August 2, 1990, or in Afghanistan or Djibouti on or after September 11, 2001, may be eligible to sign up for the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.

These regions include the following countries, bodies of water, and the airspace above these locations: Afghanistan; Bahrain; Djibouti; Gulf of Aden; Gulf of Oman; Iraq; Kuwait; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; United Arab Emirates; and waters of the Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Red Sea.

How to Participate

  1. Obtain a Premium DS Logon Level 2 account. To obtain or upgrade your DS Logon account, visit the DMDC Identity Management website. If you’re having trouble with the DS Logon process, visit the DS Logon Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
  2. Go to the registry website and use your DS Logon to access the registry. Once logged in, verify and/or edit eligible deployment history.
  3. Complete and submit the online questionnaire, then save and print your completed questionnaire for your records.
  4. If interested, schedule an in-person medical exam to discuss your health with a doctor.

Note: Please bring a printed copy of your completed questionnaire to avoid electronic access issues when you attend an in-person registry exam and/or your next routine health assessment, such as a Periodic Health Assessment, Post-Deployment Health Assessment, etc. Bringing your completed questionnaire can help your provider obtain a comprehensive picture of your health and potential health concerns.

To learn more about the registry or sign up, visit the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Q1: What is the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry?

Q2: What is an airborne hazard?

Q3: What is an open burn pit?

Q4: How do I participate in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry?

Q5: What is a DS Logon?

Q6: Why is it important for eligible service members to sign up for the registry?

Q7: I'm a service member, but the registry link points me to a VA website. Am I in the right place?

Eligibility and Deployment Verification

Q8: Am I eligible to participate?

Q9: The Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry says I do not have any eligible deployments, but I have deployed to locations that are listed as eligible. How can I correct this?

Q10: What should I do if I cannot find the name of a base where I deployed?

Q11: May I sign up for the registry while on deployment to an eligible location?

Completing the Registry Questionnaire

Q12: How long will it take me to complete the questionnaire?

Q13: What types of questions should I be prepared to answer?

Q14: Why does the questionnaire ask questions about my current job and hobbies?

Q15: When I add personal information to the registry, will other people see my answers?

Q16: Will my doctor be able to access my completed questionnaire at my medical exam?

Q17: Can I print or download a copy of my questionnaire?

Scheduling and Completing the Optional In-Person Medical Exam

Q18: I finished the questionnaire and would like to participate in an in-person medical exam. What do I do next?

Q19: What can I expect from the in-person medical exam?

Q20: Do I need to finish the questionnaire to receive medical care related to airborne hazards or burn pit exposures?

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Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry Fact Sheet

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