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Toxic Burn Pit Exposure


Toxic Burn Pit Exposure

Veterans exposed to fighting in the Persian Gulf (Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Djibouti, and some other Southeast Areas) may have been to hazardous toxic waste when trash was burned in hundreds of open air pits. In Iraq and Afghanistan alone, there were at least 226 active burn pits, the largest being 10 acres wide.

 In 2014 the VA confirmed that smoke from these pits contained substances that may have adverse health effects. In response to concerns raised by veterans, families, and Congress the VA created a new Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to provide veterans with a free medical exam. However, signing up for the registry does not start a VA disability claim. While the VA does not have a presumptive connection for diseased stemming from burn pit exposure, it is possible to file claims from this exposure. We can help.


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