In June of 2014, the VA opened the “Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry” for Veterans and Service members. In order to be eligibly you had to have been deployed to contingency operations in the Southwest Asia theater of operations at any time on or after August 2, 1990 or Afghanistan or Djibouti on or after September 11, 2001.These regions include the following countries, bodies of water, and the airspace above these locations: Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Djibouti, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and waters of the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, and Red Sea.
The questionnaire will ask you a series of questions to include deployment timeframes and bases to which you were stationed, conditions and health issues that cause difficulty with daily activities, current and past health symptoms, residential history, occupational history, dust, gas, vapors or fumes exposures, home environment and hobbies, health care use, and contact preferences. The questionnaire takes about 40 minutes to complete. Please go to https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry to get started.
Veterans do not need to be part of the registry to submit a claim for disability compensation. This registry will help the VA to collect, analyze, and report on health conditions that may be related to environmental exposures experienced during deployment.
The Plumas County Veterans Service Office can complete the DMV Veteran Status Verification Form for the new California Veteran Designation on your driver’s license. We can also issue a Plumas County Veteran I.D. card to honorably discharged veterans. Contact one of our Veteran Service Reps at 283-6271/6284/6275 if you would like to schedule an appointment to get that (we will need your DD 214 showing honorable service). There are many state and federal benefits and programs available to veterans and their dependents. To find out if you are eligible for any of these benefits, visit or call our office. We can and will assist you in completing all required application forms. We will be updating our Website in January 2016 to provide more information for Veterans Services. You can currently check our website at the Plumas County Website under departments select veteran services. Veteran Services is looking for a VA Van Coordinator and voluntary drivers to help drive veterans to their appointments at the VAMC in Reno. Our volunteer drivers drive on Tues and Thursdays. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver please call our office and talk with Jimmy LaPlante at 283-6275 or Kyle Short at 283-6271.