Burn pits became a widely used way to get rid of trash in Iraq and Afghanistan. These pits provided a quick and easy way to get rid of waste, but the harmful impact has been shown toward human lives.
Effects of burn pits
The VA has proven that the burn pits could have an impact on your skin, lungs, internal organs, and respiratory system. The toxic smoke is released around everyone who is near the site become at risk for health problems. Right now, however, they are stating that the burn pits do not have a lasting impact on Veteran health.
We urge you to still apply for your burn pit claim. The benefits are awarded on a case by case basis, and you can prove the connection. The best way to be able to prove your burn pit claim is by connecting your symptoms directly to the burn pits. Through medical records, we can help to establish that the burn pits which caused your symptoms.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor linked the open aired burn pits to lung disease; paving the way for Veterans to receive long-awaited benefits.
Could help with your treatment
Signing up for the registry could help you to receive treatment. Your answers provided can help to have a more precise treatment plan to come. The questioner should take about 40 minutes, and you have the option to return to it if needed. Bringing your answers to your doctor could help with a treatment plan.
Only being around a burn pit is not enough reason for your claim to be approved. The VA needs to see a clear and concise connection between your symptoms and the burn pit. You will need to have your medical records, buddy letters, and a DBQ before submitting. Include documentation of exactly how long you were exposed to the harmful toxins and what your illness is.
Your information can help others
Over 141,000 people have already completed the questioner. We hope that soon the VA will begin to recognize burn pits and appropriately award claims towards it. Your participation is voluntary, but by continuing to report symptoms, we hope to see soon some changes being made. Health providers are studying the data collected to create new plans and review the harmful effects.
To be eligible to apply you must have been a service member after 1990 and deployed near a burn pit.
The U.S. Department of Labor already recognizes the dangerous effects the burning of this garbage has caused; it is only time before our Veterans will be granted treatment for it.
The VA believes that after you have been removed from inhaling the smoke that the symptoms will disappear, but we have seen that this is anything but accurate. Thousands of men and women are suffering from the harmful toxins that were swirling around them for so long.
The smoke could cause damage to:
- Cardiovascular system
- Respiratory system
- Central nervous system
- Reproductive system
- Peripheral nervous system
- Gastrointestinal tract
To fill out the burn pit registry, you must have a Premium DS Logon Level 2 account. You can begin the questioner or get an account here. If you have questions or need help on filling out the questions you can find that here.
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