VA to create a "burn pit" registry

 
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VA to create a "burn pit" registry

Good news from the Navy Times today:

President Obama signed legislation Thursday requiring the Veterans Affairs Department to establish a registry for troops and veterans who lived and worked near open-air burn pits used to dispose waste in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere overseas.

In addition to including new requirements for providing a casket or urn for veterans with no known next of kin and establishing care for a military cemetery in the Philippines, the Dignified Burial and Other Veterans Benefits Improvement Act, S. 3202, aims to pinpoint the number of veterans who may have been exposed to burn-pit smoke so VA can track their medical histories and keep them apprised of new treatments for associated conditions.

Troops deployed in support of contingency operations and stationed at a location where an open burn pit was used will be eligible to register.

Veterans advocacy groups and families of service members who have become ill since their deployments hailed passage of the law as a “victory.”

“It validates the truth behind every death, every illness associated with exposure,” said Rosie Lopez-Torres, co-founder of Burn Pits 360 and wife of former Army Capt. LeRoy Torres, who developed a rare lung disorder known as constrictive bronchiolitis after serving in Iraq.

This comes on the heals of a 2011 study where the DoD said that they found the science wasn't settled:

The long-term health effects of exposure to military burn pits used for trash disposal are still uncertain, according to a new study commissioned by the Defense Department.

The Institute of Medicine says "insufficient data" on service members' exposures to open-air pit emissions is one reason the results were inconclusive. High background levels of pollution in the surrounding area, along with a lack of information about the amount and makeup of the waste burned, also made it difficult to analyze the data.

The emissions have been the source of controversy as troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have blamed health problems such as cancerous tumors and respiratory issues on exposure to burn pit emissions.

I've been fairly skeptical of that study for a while now, and it appears Congress and the President were as well.  I have a close friend who had to leave the military at 19 years because of Sarcoidosis, which is a lung impairment.  He's always maintained it was from stuff we were breathing in while stationed in Bosnia, and while I am not a doctor (medical anyway) that always struck me as the most likely culprit.

I'll have more on how to register when the VA sets up the website.

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My husband passed in 2006. The doctors found a mass in his lung. He was in the Gulf War. He has never smoked , and has 3 brothers and a sister, and his parents who all are living and have no issues with lunv cancer. I have been appealling the VA denials for 7 years now.

My husband passed in 2006. The doctors found a mass in his lung. He was in the Gulf War. He has never smoked , and has 3 brothers and a sister, and his parents who all are living and have no issues with lunv cancer. I have been appealling the VA denials for 7 years now.

I severed with the Marines as a Detention Operations NCOIC of RDF Al Asad, Iraq during 2008-2009. There was a large burn pit approximately 200 yards from the RDF and I inhaled smoke, in different consistencies, every day for 7 months. I now have a hard time keeping my breath and have been given an early retirement, because I can not pass my Physical Fitness test. The VA has rated me with Asthma, but most of their tests are inconclusive and I don't know what to do any more. My complaints are questioned by the VA doctors and they make it seem as if I'm lying and wasting their time.

where is it

I am so looking for help I am now assigned a primary care provider I suffer from skin lesions, chronic bronchitis, asthma, neuropathy, and have now developed involuntary twitching in my wrists. I went to the Veterans Affairs in Jackson Mississippi and was told on January 3rd of 2014 that there is no such thing as a burn pit registry which brought me to tears when I read that there was, I was tasked in Balad Iraq as an Air Force member to clean the Burn pits of chemicals that did not belong and deliver them to Halliburton's "newly" established Hazardous Waste Yard for proper disposal and incineration. I was also Tasked with Bird Aircraft Strike Hazards and if anyone remembers there were seagulls all over the place in the beginning and they died and or disappeared probably due to the losses in there flock because of the chemical damages they obtained. However the birds were all over the burn pit which posed threat to the helo pad. Anyway I hate to do this but I will place my Primary Care Providers Number on here and please use this to assist her not to harass her as we do need hel[p on this issue.
662-699-9461

Have been suffering from "episodes" where I can not get a breath of air, my muscles seize up and my throat closes. I get an instant headache and the mucus is dry in my throat and sinuses. I have neuropathy and rapid cycling hot and cold episodes with shakes and feeling like I am burning up. I have been to every specialist you can name and no one can figure out what is wrong with me. I lived and breathed the smoke from the burns pits in the Gulf War for months. I want to find out what is wrong with me as I am getting worse. These symptoms have been going on for over 2 years.

I did burning while I was in the navy. it was classified materal. just wanted to find out if i'm qualified. my service dates were from july 1958 to july 1064. appreciate any info on this matter. service # 5239572

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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.