Veterans of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan should have a greater chance of proving that exposure to toxins in burn pits made them sick. The Department of Veterans Affairs is ramping up operations at its recently established Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence. Information gleaned from research at the New Jersey-based facility would be used to formulate appropriate responses to veterans’ claims relating to burn pit exposure. The center’s work will focus on:
* Clinical research that would expand the understanding of health outcomes and treatments related to burn pit exposure.
* Serving as a clearinghouse of information for VA providers and veterans themselves.
* Treatment and care of veterans who are referred there for consultation or examination.
* Enhanced training and education for clinicians.
* Analysis of airborne hazards and the Burn Pit Open Registry, to monitor VA’s clinical response to health issues relating to exposure.