Roles Conceptualization, Funding acquisition, Project administration, Resources, Supervision, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing
* E-mail: [email protected]
Affiliations Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, United States of America, Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, United States of America, Institute for Human Infections and Immunity, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, United States of America⨯
Who is eligible
Veterans and service members eligible to sign up for the Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry* include those who served in:
Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn
Djibouti, Africa, on or after Sept. 11, 2001
Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm
Southwest Asia theater of operations on or after Aug. 2, 1990
Information about how to register is inside today’s paper
How to sign up for the Burn Pit Registry
You must have a Premium DoD self service (DS) logon Level 2 account to participate. If you are already enrolled in the Veterans Affairs health care system, your Premium DS Logon Level 2 account is used to check your E-benefits.
To get a Premium DS logon Level 2 account, go to veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry/#page/home and click on the link “Need a DS Logon?” Fill out the required information to set up a user name and password.
Log in using your Premium DS logon Level 2 account.
The registry will require some information on your locations during deployments. It is recommended you have your DD-214 handy as an aide.
No cost to participate
Not a disability compensation questionnaire or required for other VA benefits
Enrollment in VA’s health care system not necessary
Based on Veterans’/service members’ recollection of service, not on their military records
Veterans’/service members’ family members are not eligible to participate
After completing the questionnaire you can schedule a free health exam with a VA provider
Were you affected?
If you would like to share your experience about health issues you believe are related to your exposure to airborne toxins and open burn pits while deployed, please contact David A. Bryant at [email protected] or 254-501-7554. Please ensure you provide your name and a reliable means of contacting you.
By the numbers
Total number of veterans signed up for the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry as of May 3, 2018: 141,246
Number of veterans in Temple Veterans Affairs Hospital region signed up for registry: 4,508
Total number of veterans up to age 64 possibly eligible to sign up:
Bell County: 44,772
Coryell County: 11,518
Lampasas County: 2,754
Total number of veterans within the three counties (all ages): 71,656
Total number of Gulf War Era veterans in Texas: 749,633
Source: Texas Veterans Commission
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