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Veterans Health Initiative


All Veterans Health Initiative (VHI) study guides are outdated and have been removed from this site. For current information on topics covered in the VHIs, please go to the individual web pages listed below. Also, please update your computer’s bookmarks and favorites to link to these updated web pages.

VA developed the Veterans Health Initiative (VHI) independent study courses to increase VA providers’ knowledge of military service-related diseases and illnesses.

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 Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991)

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

Soldier running in combat gearWar Wounded
Care for war-wounded Veterans

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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