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Navy veteran Virginia Shefchick is the 20,000th Bay Area veteran to join VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP), which now has more than 900,000 participating veterans nationwide.

The goal of MVP’s research is that veterans can one day see their doctor and get the right tests and treatment based on their genes, medical history, lifestyle, and military experiences.

Every veteran who joins makes a difference in our search

Thanks to Shefchick and thousands of MVP veterans in the Bay Area, we understand some health conditions better than ever. This is just the beginning of what our research has to offer.

Already, data from veterans of our program has supported the largest genetic studies to date on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, heart disease, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, one of the forms the most common types of liver disease in the country.

Other areas of research include tinnitus, cancer, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, Gulf War illnesses and suicide prevention.

What it means to join the Million Veteran program

Fifteen minutes and a blood test are enough. If you decide to register, you will be asked to:

  • Provide informed consent and authorize access to your health records
  • Donate a blood sample for genetic analysis
  • Complete health and lifestyle surveys
  • Accept future contact for further research

MVP researchers do not see any information that directly links your data to you, such as your name, date of birth, or social security number.

Joining MVP is easy

You can register online at mvp.va.gov, or by making an appointment at VA Palo Alto by calling 866-441-6075. You can also stop by our MVP office to learn more and register today: 3801 Miranda Avenue, Building 520, Room F-137.

You do not need to be receiving VA health care to enroll.

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