Burn Pits

IAVA'S BIG 6

IAVA’s members have identified 6 priority issues that matter most to them.

Support for Toxic Exposure Injuries

Our troops are exposed to toxic materials that no one should be subjected to.

Burn Pits

The most common means of toxic exposure, burn pits have been used extensively since 1990 to protect privacy and leave as little footprint behind as possible. Servicemembers use jet fuel to burn waste including chemicals, paint, medical and human waste, metal/aluminum cans, munitions and other unexploded ordnance, petroleum and lubricant products, plastics, rubber, wood, and discarded food.

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Other Toxic Exposures

Unfortunately, Burn Pits are not the only means by which our veterans and servicemembers are exposed to toxins. Other exposures include:

Contaminated Groundwater
Agent Orange
Radiation Exposure
Embedded Fragments
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IAVA Burn Pits 101

What is a Burn Pit?

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Up to Speed: Burn Pits

What are Burn Pits?

Burn Pits, a common way to get rid of waste at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, are the Agent Orange of our generation. IAVA and other VSO partners are educating the public and elevating the issue to ensure it becomes a national priority. Our members see Burn Pits as a critical, urgent and growing threat that will impact an entire generation.

How do burn pits affect servicemembers and veterans?

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Why aren’t we protecting our veterans?

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How is IAVA fighting?

IAVA is working hard with other groups and leaders to ensure that those who fought for our country are treated for the terrible diseases that are lingering after their service; learn about our current leg below and take action.

War Fighters Act

The Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act will provide access to VA health and disability services for Global War on Terror (GWOT) veterans, including veterans who were deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Gulf War, K2 and other countries where they fought and were exposed to toxins, including those from burn pits.

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Have you been exposed?

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The VA estimates that 3.5 million veterans are eligible to register in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, which tracks exposures to airborne toxins. However, because enrollment is voluntary, the registry is not well-known. IAVA has been fighting hard to spread the word. Registry enrollment has increased by about 100% since IAVA began its campaign for the Burn Pits Accountability Act.

If you are a veteran or servicemember who has been exposed to Burn Pits, sign up for the registry now.

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Burn Pit Registry

The VA estimates that 3.5 million veterans are eligible to register in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, which tracks exposures to airborne toxins. If you are a veteran or servicemember who has been exposed to Burn Pits, sign up for the registry now.

Report Toxic Exposure

Share Your Toxic Exposure Story

The best person to talk about your experience with burn pits or toxic exposure is you. Please share your story with us. Together, we can use our stories to make lasting change for veterans and servicemembers.

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MORE ABOUT TOXIC EXPOSURES

There are other hazards beyond Burn Pits that occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan that may also pose a danger for respiratory illnesses. These include inhaled irritant gases, high levels of fine dust, heavy metals due to operations in urban environments, plus the potential impact to the respiratory system from the effects of explosives and the inhalation of depleted uranium used in munitions.

It’s past time that comprehensive action is taken to address the growing concern that these exposures have severely impacted the long term health of veterans who served after 9/11.

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