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About the Million Veteran Program

About the Million Veteran Program

The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a ground-breaking research program sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development, one of the nation's leaders in health research. Since launching in 2011, we have successfully grown into one of the largest genetic research programs in the world. We are successful because of our Veteran partners, who are helping to improve health for today and generations to come. In 2019, we hit a significant milestone when we reached 825,000 Veteran partners!

Making a significant impact on health research

MVP researchers use genetic, health, lifestyle, and military background information to understand how genes affect health and illness. Understanding differences in our genes can help explain why some people get diseases and respond to certain treatments while others don’t. This can also help health care providers offer better preventative care and treatments of illnesses and disease.

Individual genetic information is not currently returned to our MVP partners. However, Veterans, families, and their providers can use findings from MVP to make important health care decisions.

Thanks to our Veteran partners, MVP is on the cutting-edge of genetic research.  Read more about MVP's scientific discoveries today.

Joining MVP is easy

We make it easy to become an MVP partner. To join online, Veterans are asked to:

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Securely sign in or create an AccessVA account to verify your identity

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Complete the consent process and allow access to health records


Conveniently schedule a visit to provide a blood sample


Complete surveys about health, lifestyle and military experience

Prefer to join in-person at a participating MVP location? Call the MVP Info Center toll-free at 866-441-6075 (Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET) to schedule a visit.

The spotlight shines on MVP

The Million Veteran Program is making headlines for its research advancements and discoveries, unique projects, and initiatives. Visit the MVP in the News page to read recent stories about MVP's impact.

Ready to join MVP?

We hope you’re ready to partner with us and help change health today and in the future. If you have any questions, call the MVP Info Center toll-free at 866-441-6075 (Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET).