VA Seeks Public Opinion on Burn Pit Registry

According to a press release issued by the Veterans Affairs Department last week, along with a related article from Army Times, military service members who have worked and/or lived in the proximity of burn pits in the Afghanistan, Iraq, the Persian Gulf War, and other assigned locations are likely to have been exposed to potentially dangerous smoke. Reported physical ailments, include, but are not limited to, difficulty breathing, depression, rare lung diseases, and malignant tumors.

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U.S. Department of Defense

Burn Pit Registry Established

In an effort to track military service members who were exposed to burn pits, the 2012 Dignified Burial and Veterans Benefits Improvement Act requires that VA establish a “burn pit registry” by January 2014. The proposed registry will include an online questionnaire that will allow active duty and veteran service members to report burn pit exposure and any related health concerns. This information will be used to keep affected service members and veterans up-to-date on developing treatments for injuries sustained from exposure to burn pit smoke and pollutants.

Public Input on Burn Pit Registry

As required by law, VA is requesting public input on the proposed “Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.” If you are interested in voicing your opinion, you are encouraged to visit the U.S. government’s federal regulations website.  If you want to find out more about burn pits, take a look at our blog article.

What if I have more questions about my VA claim?

I understand you want your VA claim to be done as quickly as possible. But remember the ultimate goal – to win your VA disability compensation claim.

You may eventually get there on your own, but it may be after a series of decisions by the Regional Office and Board of Veterans Appeals. Sometimes claims are appealed and remanded several times, which can cause a claim to drag on for years. If you are interested in avoiding unnecessary delay in your claim and want to do everything you can to maximize your chances of success, it is probably a good idea for you to consult with an accredited veterans disability attorney.

We would be happy to talk to you. If you would like a free consultation with our Perkins Studdard veterans disability attorneys just click here or give us a call to begin the process.

Travis Studdard is an attorney who focuses on representing veterans in VA disability compensation claims.  He regularly writes about issues that are important to veterans and their families.
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