Army Times reports on June 29th a House panel voted in favor of creating a registry to monitor the health of military personnel who served at or near burn pits in the Middle East. The Open Burn Pit Registry Act will track veterans’ health and inform potentially effected Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans of new research findings.
The bill had met some opposition from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as officials there believe the registry was unnecessary. The VA claims there are better ways to track the veterans without dedicating resources to create a new registry. Officials at the VA are also still not convinced that burn pits pose a serious risk of causing disabling illnesses in veterans who served in the Middle East.
The research on burn pit exposure has been limited due to small sample sizes, but the health subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee is confident that the registry will help provide more veterans to participate in studies. The subcommittee is working on using the registry data to create more research about the potential respiratory illnesses that could arise from exposure, and will notify those on the list of their progress.
Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are often put in a difficult situation when it comes to filing for veterans’ disability benefits. With many types of service-connected health conditions still questioned during disability ratings, it is important to have a veterans’ disability attorney help you with filing your claim.
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