The Veterans Affairs Department has started a 10-year study to analyze a range of health issues that may affect veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and their counterparts who served during the same period. In its National Health Study for a New Generation of U.S. Veterans, the VA will compare 30,000 veterans from Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom with 30,000 comparison veterans who were not deployed.
VA launches massive study of vets health issues
They will be compared in terms of chronic medical conditions, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, reproductive health, pregnancy outcomes, behavioral-risk factors (such as smoking, drinking, seatbelt use and sexual behavior) and VA disability compensation.
The study will include veterans who served in each branch of service and represent active duty, Reserve and National Guard members. The VA also said women will be over-sampled-making up 20% of the studyto ensure they are represented. Data will be collected through a combination of mail and online surveys, telephone interviews and in-person physical evaluations.
This study will help us fulfill President Obamas pledge to stand with our veterans as they face new challenges by enabling us to understand the health problems of our new generation of combat veterans, said Gerald Cross, the VAs acting under secretary for health, in a news release.
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