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VA Health Care Utilization by Recent Veterans

VA presents a report four times a year containing data on Veterans who have used VA health care and who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), or Operation New Dawn (OND).

The latest report (194 KB, PDF) contains data from October 1, 2001 to December 31, 2013.

Findings

  • Approximately 58 percent (1,027,801) of all separated OEF/OIF/OND Veterans have used VA health care since October 1, 2001.
  • Between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, a total of 621,967 of these Veterans accessed VA health care.
  • The frequency and percent of the three most common diagnoses were: musculoskeletal ailments (612,112 or 59.6 percent); mental disorders (572,569 or 55.7 percent); and symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions (conditions that do not have an immediately obvious cause or isolated laboratory test abnormalities) (567,399 or 55.2 percent). A Veteran can have more than one diagnosis.

About the report

The VA health care utilization report is created by comparing a Department of Defense roster of returning Veterans to VA’s electronic inpatient and outpatient health records.

The data used in the report provide valuable information about Veterans who have accessed VA health care. The report does not represent all recent Veterans who have become eligible for VA health care, who have ever served in OEF, OIF, or OND, or who are currently serving in these conflicts.

Carefully designed epidemiology studies are required to answer specific questions about the health of all Veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Past reports

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