Awareness of the effects of burn pit exposure on veterans is growing. As a result of research and congressional pressure, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs formed the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE), and it commenced operations in May of this year.
VA Secretary Robert Wilkie explained: “VA is addressing Veterans concerns about the health effects of airborne hazards and burn pit exposure. Establishing this program through the center is a testament to that and we will continue to collaborate with outside partners to ensure its ongoing success.”
The AHBPCE specializes in research on burn pit exposure and airborne hazards and is located at the New Jersey War Related Illness and Injury Study Center.
Providers who work with the VA can consult the AHBPCE regarding assessment and treatment options for burn pit exposure patients. Some veterans will be invited to the Center for a multi-day health evaluation with a team of specialists.
Along with research and treatment, the Center will analyze the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to monitor the entire organization’s response to burn pit victims.