March 30, 2010

On November 18th, 2009 the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairsannounced that they will be initiating a comprehensive study on Vietnam-erawomen veterans. The study will assess women veterans who may have had direct or indirect exposure to trauma. From the assessment, researchers are hoping to answer how many women developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or depression after their service. In addition, they would like to determine how many are still coping with those conditions and are those conditions prevalent among those who served.

The VA will contact approximately 10,000 women who served in the United States Military during the Vietnam-era for participation in mailed survey, telephone interview, and a review of medical records. The overall results of the study will help VA providers to understand the health services needs of this age group of women and future generations of women veterans.

The study will be chaired by, Dr Kathy Magruder, epidemiologist at Charleston(S.C.) VAMC; Dr Amy Kilbourne, mental health researcher for VA at Ann Arbor; and Dr Han Kang, Director of Environmental Epidemiology Service and the Warrelated Illness and Injury study Center in Washington DC. The study is slated to last under five years and will cost $5.6 million.

The VA Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center in Perry Point, Maryland, may be contacted for further information:Cooperative Studies Program (151E)P.O. Box 1010Perry Point, MD 21902410-642-2411 ext 6122

For more information on the study, click here. For information on how to participate in the study please call 1-888-831-3325.