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Deployment Exposures



Veterans who have served in combat often have questions as to whether they may have been exposed to substances that might negatively impact their health. This web page provides a list of potential deployment exposures linked to brief descriptions and signs and symptoms of an exposure. Deployment related exposure assessments are one of the medical services offered by the WRIISC. The WRIISC also provides information on deployment related health conditions.

Veteran participation in VHA Environmental Health Registry Evaluations may provide you with important information and is a good first step if you have deployment related health concerns. Registries include: Agent Orange, Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit, Gulf War, Depleted Uranium, and Toxic-Embedded Fragments. For more information or help determining eligibility, visit: the VHA Environmental Health Registry Evaluations webpage.

If you are experiencing symptoms that you believe are related to a deployment exposure, it is important that you speak to your health care provider about treatment and management strategies in order to optimize your health and maintain a good quality of life. A VA Environmental Health Coordinator can also assist you.


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