Post Service Officer-Dennis Storey
First of all, let me say this. Please pray for our Service Members, Embassy Civilians, US Civilians, and the Afghanistan people that are caught up in the chaos over there; which leads me in what I want to talk about today, Burn Pit Exposure.
The biggest push through Congress right now is burn pit exposure. If you were stationed in the Middle East, you are eligible to participate in the Burn Pit Registry
Burn Pit Registry: 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 Emirates, waters of the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, and Red Sea.
Operations and campaigns include: Desert Shield/Storm (ODS/S), Iraqi Freedom, (OIF), enduring Freedom (OEF), and new Dawn (OND).
You do not have to have been exposed to specific airborne hazards or have related health concerns to participate in the registry.
While these hazards may have been present in other locations or during other time periods, participation in the registry is currently limited to support specific research and public health studies. If you were stationed in the Middle East and are experiencing any respiratory conditions such as Sinusitis, Rhinitis, etc., I encourage you to see myself or any Veterans Service Officer and file a claim for compensation. You do not have to participate in the registry to receive compensation and benefits or health care from VA. See below for the link to the Burn Pit Registry:
There is no money allocated as yet for payment of these claims but now is the time to write your Representatives and make your feelings known.
I am at the Legion on Monday mornings or you may call for an appointment at the Villages VA Outpatient Clinic Monday afternoons, Tuesday or Thursdays.
My phone contact numbers are:
Clinic: 352 674-5097
Legion: 352 750-2099