Million Veteran Program (MVP)

Million Veteran Program is a national, voluntary research program funded entirely by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research & Development and is an important partnership between VA and Veterans to learn more about how genes affect health and to improve health care for Veterans. The goal of MVP is to connect with Veterans receiving their care in the VA Healthcare System to study how genes affect health. To do this, MVP will build one of the world's largest medical databases by safely collecting blood samples and health information from one million Veteran volunteers. Data collected from MVP will be stored anonymously for research on diseases like diabetes and cancer, and military-related illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Research findings based on MVP may lead to new ways of preventing and treating illnesses in Veterans. Such findings may help answer questions like "Why does a treatment work well for some Veterans but not for others?"; "Why are some Veterans at a greater risk for developing an illness?"; and "How can we prevent certain illnesses in the first place?"

With the expected enrollment of one million Veterans, MVP aims to be one of the largest databases of its kind in the United States.

Active involvement in MVP includes:

  • Filling out surveys about health and health-related behaviors;
  • Providing a blood sample (containing DNA and other substances) that will be stored for future genomic analyses;
  • Allowing secure access to VA and VA-linked medical and health information, including past and future health records; and
  • Agreeing to future contact

Please visit us at http://www.research.va.gov/MVP/ or contact the MVP Information Center toll-free at: 866-441-6075.