The National Health Study for a New Generation of U.S. Veterans, a 10-year longitudinal study of 60,000 recent Veterans, is one of the largest scientific research studies of this group of Veterans. The purpose of this study is to:
- Provide insight on the overall health of recent Veterans
- Improve VA’s understanding of what health services Veterans need
- Maximize the quality of care that VA offers
Researchers randomly selected 60,000 Veterans from Department of Defense records of men and women who served in the military between October 2001 and June 2008. The study group includes:
- 30,000 Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans
- 30,000 Veterans who served elsewhere during the same time period
- Representation from each branch of the military
- Active duty, Reserve, and National Guard members
- A sample of women Veterans to amount to 20% of the total group
Have you moved? If we contacted you in 2009 or 2010 to be a participant in this study and you would like to notify us about an address change, please contact us by mail or by telephone at 202-266-4695 or 1-800-211-5272.
- Invited 60,000 Veterans to complete a questionnaire on paper, online, or by telephone
- Asked 1,000 study participants if they will allow researchers to review their medical records on certain health conditions
- Will recontact the original 60,000 Veterans with a follow-up survey in 2014
- Will ask a subset of study participants to participate in the Markers for the Identification, Norming, and Differentiation of TBI and PTSD (MIND) study, a clinical study focusing on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Learn more about the MIND study.
The questionnaire covers the following topics:
|Health Risk Behaviors||Health Conditions||General Health||Health Care
A pilot of this study took place in 2009. The full-scale study began in summer 2009 and data collection for the first wave closed at the end of 2010. The study group will be sent additional questionnaires over a period of 10 years.
More than 22,000 Veterans participated in the pilot study and the first wave of the full-scale study. Researchers are currently analyzing data from the first wave of the study and plan to share their findings in future publications.
Researchers plan to recontact Veterans in 2014 to begin the second wave of this study. Over time, this study will help us to learn even more about the health of recent Veterans.
Coughlin S, Aliaga P, Barth S, Eber S, Maillard J, Mahan C, Kang H, Schneiderman A, DeBakey S, Vanderwolf P, Williams M. The effectiveness of a monetary incentive on response rates in a survey of recent U.S. veterans. Survey Practice 2011.