Post Deployment Health Services
As part of VA's Office of Patient Care Services, Post Deployment Health Services administers various programs related to environmental and occupational exposures of U.S. Veterans during military service, including Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF), Gulf War, Vietnam, World War II and atomic Veterans activities. Post Deployment Health Services also maintains several registries based on these exposures.
Post Deployment Health Services is a VA-delivered foundational service, which means its work is fundamental to VA’s mission and is rarely found outside of VA. It also manages the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, which provides clinical care, research, and education for Veterans with deployment-related health concerns.
Post Deployment Health Services consists of two interrelated programs.
The Epidemiology Program conducts surveillance and studies on Veterans’ health and health care. Findings from these research studies help health professionals and policymakers, including VA and Congress, improve health care practices and policies for Veterans. Learn more.
The Environmental Health Program evaluates research, recommends policy, and develops educational and outreach materials for various environmental issues and health outcomes related to military exposures, including:
- Agent Orange
- Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses
- Ionizing and Non-Ionizing Radiation
- Toxic Embedded Fragments
- Depleted Uranium
- Project 112/Project SHAD
- Occupational Hazards