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Veterans Prematurely Denied Compensation for Conditions That Could Be Associated with Burn Pit Exposure



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Executive Summary

An open burn pit is an area of land used for disposing solid waste by burning it in the outdoor air without a commercially manufactured

incinerator or other equipment designed and manufactured for burning solid waste.

Since about 2001, the US military has used large burn pits to dispose of waste from its bases in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Djibouti.


The Department of Defense reported burn pits were used when there were no feasible alternatives for waste disposal.

The burned waste products included various chemicals and were mixed with jet fuel to ignite them.

However, the pits did not completely incinerate the waste generated, and smoke blew over the

bases and into living areas. It was estimated that some burn pits were nearly 20 acres wide.

According to data from the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), from June 2007 through

September 2021, its staff processed more than 21,100 burn pit-related issues. Given the potential

impact on many eligible veterans, the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted this

review to determine whether VBA staff followed regulations and procedures when addressing

conditions that could be associated with burn pit exposure.

VA recognizes burn pit exposure as a potential cause of disabilities but does not have a specific

list of disabilities presumed to be associated with exposure as is the case with some other

conditions.2 VBA treats burn pit-related claims like most other claims for disability

compensation, with the particular duty to consider exposure to environmental hazards based on a

veteran’s service location. An additional development step to assist with veterans’ burn pit

claims requires VBA staff to provide medical examiners a fact sheet to ensure any opinion

potentially linking the exposure to a disability is fully informed based on all known objective

facts.3 The focus of this review was to determine whether VBA staff were accurately processing

claimed conditions associated with burn pit exposure, as established by VBA policies and

procedures during the review period.

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