FOR SERVICE MEMBERS and VETERANS
Department of Defense Hotline:
If you think you were exposed to chemical warfare agents during your deployment
in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation New Dawn (2003-2011), call the hotline.
VA Airborne Hazards and
Burn Pit Registry
If you are also concerned about exposure to burn pits or other airborne hazards during your deployment, see if you're eligible to be included in the registry.
Gulf War Registry Health Exam for Veterans
The VA Gulf War Registry Health Exam alerts Veterans to long-term health problems that may be related to environmental exposures during their military service. You can register for this health exam and with the VA Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Registry as well.
Call the VA at 877-222-8387.
VA War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center
Veterans with complex deployment-related exposures may be referred to this research and health care center. The Center provides expertise to both Veterans and their health care providers.
VA Environmental Exposures Programs and Services
The VA Environmental Exposures Programs
and Services brochure has information on resources for Service members with deployment exposures.
Immediate symptoms and potential long-term health effects depend on the type of agent and the severity of exposure.
Eyes, skin and the respiratory system may be affected. Mild effects include tearing, gritty or burning sensation in the eyes, cough, runny nose, hoarseness, bloody nose, and redness of the skin. For these, there are no long-term health effects expected.
More severe exposures may result in swelling of the eyelids, and eye pain, shortness of breath, productive cough and blistering of the skin. The long-term impacts to the eyes and lungs and skin are evaluated based on the severity of these effects at the time of exposure.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Gary Silverman/Released
Nerve agents: Mild or minimal exposures are those that caused constriction of the pupils (miosis), mild shortness of breath and nausea and vomiting. As the magnitude of exposure increases, more symptoms develop which include loss of consciousness and seizures. Long-term health effects associated with single exposures are not common.
The Department of Defense (DoD) is contacting Service members and Veterans who may have been exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq after March 17, 2003. If you were exposed and have not been contacted, please call their hotline: 1-800-497-6261.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and DoD want to ensure that affected individuals have an opportunity to receive health education, record documentation, treatment and follow-up as appropriate.
Chemical Warfare Agent Medical Identification, Assessment, and Disposition Process/Procedures , Revised 24 March 2015 (milBook - restricted access) Download from milBook to enable the links.