Did you know that nine rare cancers were added to the Burn Pit Exposure presumptive service connection list?
On April 25, 2022, VA announced that these nine rare respiratory cancers are now presumed service-connected if the veteran was in the line of duty in Southwest Asia theater of operations beginning August 2, 1990, to the present, or Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Syria or Djibouti starting September 19, 2001, to the present:
- Squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx
- Squamous cell carcinoma of the trachea
- Adenocarcinoma of the trachea
- Salivary gland-type tumors of the trachea
- Adenosquamous carcinoma of the lung
- Large cell carcinoma of the lung
- Salivary gland-type tumors of the lung
- Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung
- Typical and atypical carcinoid of the lung
These other three conditions are presumed service-connected if the veteran served in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Syria, and Uzbekistan during the Persian Gulf War, from September 19, 2001, to the present or The Southwest theater of operations from August 2, 1990, to the present. In addition, these conditions must have appeared within ten years of separation from active duty.
Burn Pit Registry
In response to concerns raised by Veterans, families, and Congress, in 2013, VA created a new Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to provide Veterans with a free medical exam and as a source for future research. As of February 2022, more than 200,000 Veterans signed up for the registry. Signing up for the registry is essential even if you do not believe you were exposed. This allows for more research on the topic and will ultimately help future Veterans. If you were in contact with a burn pit, you could help provide symptoms of the long-term effects of the burn pits. Joining the registry does not affect your claim or start a VA disability claim.
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