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: Harmful sounds from guns, explosives, rockets, heavy weapons, jets and aircraft, and machinery that can cause or contribute to hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Ionizing radiation: A type of radiation exposure from atmospheric and underground nuclear weapons tests
  • : Chemicals, paints, radiation, and other hazards you may have come in contact with through your military job
  • : Health problems (like skin cancer in frostbite scars or pain, tingling, or numbness, in the fingers and toes) caused by the effects of cold climates. You’re at higher risk if you served during the Battle of the Bulge, conducted from December 1944 through January 1945 under conditions of extreme cold.
  • Mustard gas: An odorless, poisonous gas used during combat in World Wars I and II
  • What should I do now?

    Take these steps to make sure you’re taking care of your health:

    1. Talk to your primary health care provider or your local VA environmental health coordinator about other health concerns related to your military service.

    2. Ask your local VA environmental health coordinator about getting a free Ionizing Radiation Registry health exam.

    3. Find out if you can get disability compensation (monthly payments) and other benefits if you have an illness or injury caused—or made worse—by your active-duty service.
      Learn more about disability benefits

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