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Veterans Health Initiative

VA developed the Veterans Health Initiative (VHI) independent study courses to increase VA providers’ knowledge of military service-related diseases and illnesses. The VHI study guides are useful as well for non-VA providers, VA employees (through the VA Talent Management System), Veterans and the public. The courses are accredited and meet medical licensure requirements.

UC-123 plane spraying chemicals on foliageAgent Orange
Health issues of Vietnam War Veterans exposed to herbicides

Tank crew in desertGulf War
Common symptoms and diagnoses of Veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War

Soldier in desert combat gearInfectious Diseases of Southwest Asia
Risks in Southwest Asia, especially Afghanistan and Iraq

Soldier running in combat gearWar Wounded (OEF/OIF)
Care for war-wounded Veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom

Veteran on imaging scanner bedTraumatic Brain Injury
Care for Veterans patients with TBI; symptoms, treatment

X-ray of injured spineSpinal Cord Injury
Best care options for Veteran patients until specialist is available

Prosthetic legsTraumatic Amputation
Special issues in care for Veterans; prosthetics, rehabilitation

Soldier on combat patrolPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Best treatment options, education, and support

Silhouette of soldierMilitary Sexual Trauma
Best clinical practices for Veteran patients

Radioactive material symbolRadiation
Clinical effects of radiation; special health concerns of Veterans

Soldier wearing gasmaskChemical, Biological, and Radiological Weapons
Health problems Veteran patients face from these weapons

Soldier sitting in snowCold Injury
Diagnosis and treatment of cold injuries

Crewman standing on flight deckHearing Impairment
Public health implications; prevention, diagnosis and treatment

Closeup of human eyeVisual Impairment
Care for Veterans with visual problems

Former prisoner of warFormer Prisoners of War
Health effects of captivity and associated medical conditions

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