Service members who handled or demolished explosive ordnances during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND) may have been exposed to toxic chemical warfare agents (CWAs), such as mustard agents or sarin, and may experience related health effects.
VA and the Department of Defense (DoD) are working to identify and contact active duty service members and Veterans who may have been exposed to CWAs. If you believe you may have been exposed to CWAs and have not already been contacted, please call the DoD hotline at 1-800-497-6261.
VA and DoD would like to ensure that your exposures are documented, and that you are aware of any related health care benefits. Visit www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/chemical-warfare-agents-oif for more information on exposure to CWAs. (Source: Post 9/11 Vet Newsletter | Fall 2016)
Thomas Crisp is a retired military officer from Whitmire. His veteran updates can be found weekly in The Newberry Observer.