New York State Division of Veterans' Services

Burn Pit Exposure

  • Did you serve after September 11, 2001, in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Djibouti? 

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: 

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Hypertension 
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Leukemia 
  • Ischemic Heart Disease (commonly referred to as “clogged arteries”) 
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bone Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Intestinal Cancers 
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Lung Cancer (and other respiratory cancers) 
  • Peripheral neuropathy (an illness causing tingling in your arms, legs, fingers, or toes)  
  • AL Amyloidosis
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Chloracne (a skin condition that looks like acne often seen in teenagers) 
  • Chronic B-Cell Leukemias
  • Constrictive Bronchiolitis
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Lupus
  • Lymphomas
  • Multiple Myeloma (cancer that attacks your plasma cells)
  • Myelodysplasia
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Non-Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Poryphyria Cutanea Tarda (an illness that damages the function of your liver)
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma (cancers in body tissues such as muscle, fat, blood vessels, etc.)
  • Stroke
  • Tonsil Cancer

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!

Schedule an Appointment with a Veterans Benefits Advisor

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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