VA's Million Veteran Program reaches 750,000-member milestone.
* The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached a major milestone with enrollment of its 750,000th veteran partner in the Million Veteran Program (MVP)--a national, voluntary research initiative that helps the VA study how genes affect the health of veterans.
"While having 750,000 veteran partners is a momentous achievement, there is still much work to be done," said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. "MVP is on track to continue the march to 1 million veteran partners and beyond in the next few years."
The program began in 2011 and has successfully expanded into one of the largest, most robust research partnerships of its kind in the world. MVP was designed to help researchers understand how genes affect health and illness. According to the VA, having a better knowledge of a persons genetic makeup may help to prevent illness and improve treatment of disease.
Already, several significant research findings have been published in high-impact scientific journals, thanks to data obtained through MVP. The knowledge gained from research can eventually lead to better treatments and preventive measures for many common illnesses, especially those common among combat veterans, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
For the last couple of years, DAV has hosted representatives from MVP at the annual national convention where DAV members have had a convenient opportunity to enroll in the program.
The VA is also working on a collaboration with the Department of Defense to make MVP enrollment available to active-duty service members.
For more information or to participate in the program, call toll-free 866-441-6075 or visit www.research.va.gov/mvp.