Service Connection For Conditions Related To Burn Pit Exposure During Service

Many deployed to the Southwest theatre of operations, including during Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn have developed medical conditions due to exposure to toxic smoke and byproducts of burn pits.  Is service-connected compensation for these conditions possible?  Absolutely. 

Are you a veteran with a disease that you think may be due to exposure to burn pits during service?  Even though VA has not recognized particular diagnoses as presumptively caused by burn pit exposure, that does not mean there is no association between the two.  An opinion from a qualified medical professional such as a physician that provides a nexus, or link, between your condition and exposure you experienced during service is a crucial element of all exposure-related disability claims.   A medical opinion from a qualified medical professional could be the key to your claim being granted for the conditions listed below.

Exposure to Burn Pits and/or Oil Fields:

  • Acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy
  • AL Amyloidosis
  • Chloracne
  • Chronic B-cell Leukemias
  • Diabetes mellitus, type II
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s –like syndromes, including Parkinsonism
  • Poryphyria cutanea tarda
  • Prostate cancer
  • Soft tissue sarcomas
  • Stroke
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Myelodysplasia
  • Lymphomas
  • Leukemia
  • Auto immune disorders
  • Lupus
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bladder caner
  • Non-ischemic cardiomyopathy
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  • Tonsil cancer
  • Glioblastoma multiform, or other brain cancers
  • Lung cancer, and other respiratory cancers such as cancer of the pharynx, larynx, etc.
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Constrictive bronchiolitis
  • Intestinal cancers
  • Bone cancer

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