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Scheduling and Completing the Recommended Medical Evaluation

Scheduling and Completing the Recommended Medical Evaluation

Q1:

I finished the questionnaire and would like to participate in the medical evaluation. What do I do next?

A:

DOD will provide a free, optional medical evaluation upon request. As a service member, you are responsible for scheduling an evaluation with your local military hospital or clinic. Completing the questionnaire does NOT cue DOD to contact you to schedule an appointment.

Active duty service members, including activated Reserve and Guard, must contact their local military hospital or clinic to schedule an appointment for a voluntary medical evaluation. When you call, please state that you are requesting an appointment specifically to address health concerns related to Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry exposures.

Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and Reserve members, whether discharged or still serving, are eligible for a no-cost medical evaluation provided by VA. Veterans and inactive/separated National Guard members and Reservists who indicated an interest in the evaluation will be contacted directly by VA; these registrants may also proactively contact their local VA Environmental Health Coordinator to schedule a no-cost medical evaluation.

There is no deadline to schedule your registry medical evaluation. Even if you completed your questionnaire during active duty and have since separated from the military, you may schedule an appointment through VA.

Q2:

What can I expect from the medical evaluation?

A:

Your provider will review your questionnaire results and ask you about your exposure history. They will also evaluate any symptoms you may have in a comprehensive manner. Further suggested testing, including specialty evaluations, may be ordered by your provider based on your health concerns and symptoms. It is important for you to bring your completed questionnaire to the exam to review exposure history and health concerns with your provider.

Q3:

Do I need to finish the questionnaire to receive medical care related to airborne hazards or burn pit exposure?

A:

If you are eligible, we strongly encourage you to complete the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry questionnaire to document your exposures in advance of a discussion with your provider. If you have any health or exposure concerns, you may contact your local military hospital or clinic to schedule an appointment for a voluntary medical evaluation. If you are experiencing any urgent symptoms, you should go to the nearest emergency room, call 911, or contact your primary care manager for instructions.

Last Updated: January 30, 2024
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