VA Airborne Hazards And Open Burn Pit Registry

Program Description

VA established the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry (AHOBPR) in 2014 to help put data to work for Veterans through research about potential health effects of airborne hazard exposures.

By joining the registry, you can provide information to help us better understand whether long-term health conditions may be related to these exposures. Even if you have not experienced any symptoms or illnesses you believe are related to exposures during military service, your participation in the registry could help VA provide better care to all Veterans.

  • Participation in the registry is voluntary and cannot negatively impact your access to VA health care or your claim for compensation and benefits.
  • You may save and submit your responses to the registry questionnaire and notes from optional medical assessment to support your VA claim if you choose.
  • Completing the questionnaire can also help you proactively identify health concerns, discuss them with your health care provider, and get follow-up care.
  • You can participate even if you do not recall any exposure to airborne hazards during your military service.


You are eligible to participate in the registry if you were deployed to the Southwest Asia theater of operations any time after August 2, 1990 or Afghanistan or Djibouti on or after September 11, 2001.

Regions and countries include:

  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Kuwait
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Bahrain
  • Djibouti
  • Gulf of Aden
  • Gulf of Oman
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emrirates
  • Waters of the Persian Gulf
  • Arabian Sea
  • the Red Sea

Operations and campaigns include:

  • Desert Shield and Desert Storm
  • Iraqi Freedom
  • Enduring Freedom
  • New Dawn

How To Participate

Contact Info

Providence VA Medical Center


VA Medical Center

830 Chalkstone Ave

Providence, RI 02908

Visit VA Airborne Hazards And Open Burn Pit Registry Website