Activity

Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry


Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Military and Veterans Health, Environmental Health
Boards: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Board on Health Sciences Policy

Activity Description

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA’s) Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry is a database of information about Veterans and Servicemembers. The registry questionnaire is designed to allow current and former members of the military who served during the 1990-1 Gulf War and in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to report 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. 

The charge to the Committee on the Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry is to provide recommendations on collecting, maintaining, and monitoring information collected by the Registry. The committee will assess the effectiveness of the VA’s information gathering efforts and provide recommendations for addressing the future medical needs of the affected groups. The study will be conducted in two phases. Phase 1 will be a review of the data collection methods and outcomes, as well as an analysis of the self-reported veteran experience data gathered in the registry. In Phase 2, the committee will use the information developed in Phase 1 and perform additional research in order to conduct an evaluation of how best to use the registry's self-reported data to benefit active-duty military personnel and veterans who were exposed to burn pit emissions.

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