OEF/OIF Health Risks

Unique health risks associated with OEF/OIF include:

  • Infectious Disease
  • Cold Injury
  • High Altitude illnesses
  • Environmental Hazards:
    • Exposure to sewage
    • Exposure to agricultural and industrial contamination of water and food
    • Air pollution
    • Severe sand and dust storms
  • Combined penetrating, blunt trauma, and burn injuries (blast injuries)
  • Traumatic Brain or Spinal Cord Injury
  • Vision Loss
  • Traumatic Amputation
  • Multi-drug Resistant Acinetobacter
  • Leishmaniasis (sand fly-transmitted infection of the skin)
  • Depleted Uranium (DU)
  • Mental Health Issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)