Because health registries are typically not part of the process for obtaining VA disability benefits, some veterans may not want to go through the trouble of participating in them. However, health registries offer a number of benefits, and eligible veterans should consider taking part in them.
What Are Health Registries?
Health registries are used to compile data on the health issues facing veterans. By getting information from many different veterans who experienced a similar event, such as exposure to Agent Orange, the VA is able to find patterns and determine what health issues may be associated with a particular event or exposure.
There are several different health registries available to veterans. Each has its own eligibility criteria and procedures.
Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry
The Open Burn Pit Registry is an online questionnaire for service members to document their exposures to burn pits and report health concerns. The website states that the questionnaire will take around 40 minutes to complete.
Eligible service members include those who served in:
• Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn
• Djibouti, Africa on or after September 11, 2001
• Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm
• Southwest Asia Theater of Operations on or after August 2, 1990
Ionizing Radiation Registry Health Exam
The Radiation Registry offers a free health exam to veterans who were exposed to radiation during service. Click here to see the eligibility requirements for this health exam.
Agent Orange Registry Health Exam
The Agent Orange Registry health exam documents exposures and examines veterans for potential health issues related to exposure to Agent Orange. Veterans who served in Vietnam are eligible, as are other veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange.
Gulf War Registry Health Exam
Veterans who served during Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn are eligible for the free Gulf War Registry health exam.
Benefits of Health Registries
Health registries are free, including health registries that offer medical exams. They can spot health issues that the veteran may not be aware of.
Certain health issues can become worse over time, and eligible veterans can receive additional registry health exams free of charge.
The data used in health registries provides important information to the VA. This information can help improve understanding of certain health issues experienced by certain categories of veterans.
By participating in health registries, you may be able to help other veterans with similar health conditions.
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