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Women Veterans in research

Historically, women have been underrepresented in biological and medical research. This makes it difficult to ensure new treatments, screenings and other medical breakthroughs work just as well for women as they do for men.

VA's Million Veteran Program (MVP) is working to change that. Women make up about 9% of more than 830,000 MVP enrollees. By enrolling in MVP, you help ensure women aren't left out of medical research that could potentially improve or save the lives of fellow women Veterans. Read more

Transforming health, changing lives

The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a national research program to learn how genes, lifestyle, and military exposures affect health and illness. Since launching in 2011, over 830,000 Veteran partners have joined one of the world’s largest programs on genetics and health. 

Veterans who partner with MVP contribute to improving the lives of fellow Veterans, and ultimately, everyone. Scientific discoveries from MVP are already underway, helping us reach our goal of transforming health now and for future generations.

Leaving a legacy

The continued discoveries of tomorrow rely on Veteran partnership today.

MVP research is already helping to make a difference in areas such as:

  • Predicting the risk of cancer
  • Diabetes complications
  • Mental illnesses like PTSD and depression 

Joining MVP involves allowing access to health records, providing a small blood sample, and answering surveys about health and lifestyle.

Protecting MVP Veteran partner privacy is our top priority

We are committed to keeping our MVP Veteran partner information protected. Information collected as part of MVP is stored in a secure database and is only available for research purposes. Genetic or health information from MVP is not entered in medical records or shared with insurance companies or employers. All MVP data is coded so that MVP researchers do not have full access to identifiable information such as contact information, date of birth, and social security number.

Learn more about privacy and security in our FAQs.

One mission, many reasons to join

Smiling Veteran wearing Disabled American Veteran vest and hat

Veterans seek opportunities to continue their service after their military careers have ended. Read why they decided to join MVP in their own words.

Leading the charge for better care, better health

1 million and more!

1 million and more!

Learn more about our mission to improve health for Veterans today and tomorrow.

MVP's impact

MVP's impact

Check out our Science Corner to learn about scientific discoveries thanks to MVP.

Have questions?

Have questions?

Explore our FAQs for answers to common questions about joining MVP, privacy, and more.

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Women Veterans Day

In recognition of Women Veterans Day, thank you to all the service women -- past, present, and future. We value all the women Veterans who have joined MVP! Read more as we share stories about two of our partners and to learn about the important work MVP researchers are doing on women’s health.