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 (566 KB, PDF) contains data from October 1, 2001 to December 31, 2012.
- Approximately 56 percent (899,752) of all separated OEF/OIF/OND Veterans have used VA health care since October 1, 2001.
- Between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012, a total of 549,819 of these Veterans accessed VA health care.
- The frequency and percent of the three most common diagnoses were: musculoskeletal ailments (519,721 or 57.8 percent); mental disorders (486,015 or 54 percent); and symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions (conditions that do not have an immediately obvious cause or isolated laboratory test abnormalities) (478,267 or 53.2 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.
- 4th Quarter FY 2012 (427 KB, PDF)
- 3rd Quarter FY 2012 (448 KB, PDF)
- 2nd Quarter FY 2012 (412 KB, PDF)
- 1st Quarter FY 2012 (407 KB, PDF)
- 4th Quarter FY 2011 (130 KB, PDF)
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