Have you been Exposed to Burn Pits Overseas?

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has an Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Registry for service members that will help to monitor health conditions affecting eligible Veterans. If you have not registered, please do so by clicking here.

To be eligible, you must be a Veteran or Service member who deployed to contingency operations in the Southwest Asia theater of operations at any time on or after August 2, 1990 (as defined in 38 CFR 3.317(e)(2)), or Afghanistan or Djibouti on or after September 11, 2001.

Suicide Risk and Risk of Death Among Recent Veterans

Among deployed and non-deployed active duty Veterans who served during the Iraq or Afghanistan wars between 2001 and 2007, the rate of suicide was greatest the first three years after leaving service, according to a recent study.

Compared to the U.S. population, both deployed and non-deployed Veterans had a higher risk of suicide, but a lower risk of death from other causes combined. Deployed Veterans also had a lower risk of suicide compared to non-deployed Veterans. Continue reading “Suicide Risk and Risk of Death Among Recent Veterans”