What happens to a Veteran’s DNA when they join the Million Veteran Program?

VA launched the Million Veteran Program (MVP) in 2011, with the goal of enabling genomic discoveries that can translate into improvements in health care for Veterans and the nation at large. With nearly 500,000 Veterans enrolled to date, the program is already one of the world’s largest databases of health and genomic information. The database is expected to serve as a national resource for an unprecedented scope of discovery, including in precision medicine. 

Participation in MVP is available to Veterans enrolled in the VA Healthcare System. The coded data are being made available for approved research projects to a broad community of authorized researchers from VA and other federal and academic institutions. Stringent safeguards are in place to protect Veterans’ privacy.

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