New York State Division of Veterans' Services

Burn Pit Exposure

  • Did you serve after September 11, 2001, in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Syria, or Uzbekistan? 
  • Did you serve after August 2, 1990, in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Oman, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Waters of the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, or the Red Sea? 

If yes, then you were likely exposed to fumes from “burn pits.” Burn pits were large open pits used by the military for disposal of plastic, metals, ammunition, medical waste, and other items that released toxic chemicals and inhalants into the air. 

Medical conditions that have been linked to exposure to these fumes include: 

  • Brain cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancer of any type
  • Glioblastoma
  • Head cancer of any type
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lymphatic cancer of any type
  • Lymphoma of any type
  • Melanoma
  • Neck cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Reproductive cancer of any type
  • 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
  • Respiratory (breathing-related) cancer of any type
  • Asthma that was diagnosed after service
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic rhinitis
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Constrictive bronchiolitis or obliterative bronchiolitis
  • Emphysema
  • Granulomatous disease
  • Interstitial lung disease (ILD)
  • Pleuritis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis

Our Veterans Benefits Advisors will gladly prepare and file your claim for disability compensation based on exposure to toxic fumes from burn pits.

Click here to find the Veterans Benefits Advisor whose office is closest to you!

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Schedule an Appointment with a Veterans Benefits Advisor

1-888-VETS-NYS

(1-888-838-7697)

Contact a Veterans Benefits Advisor

Find a Veterans Benefits Advisor Near You!

or