VA, DoD Teaming Up to Track Health of Military Forces
February 1, 2004
The Millennium Cohort Study, one of many collaborative research projects between VA and the
Department of Defense, is the largest study of its kind ever conducted. Researchers will follow
as many as 140,000 military personnel for up to 21 years to track changes in their health. The
effort began in 2001 and to-date has enrolled more than 79,000 service personnel. The study will
help answer myriad questions about the health effects of military service. In particular, the
researchers will examine how deployment affects the incidence of chronic diseases and other
health conditions. Findings will help guide DOD and VA policy on health care and benefits. For
more information visit the study's website at www.millenniumcohort.org.
Gray GC, Chesbrough KB, Ryan MA, Amoroso P, Boyko EJ, Gackstetter GD, Hooper TI,
Riddle JR; Millennium Cohort Study Group.The millennium Cohort Study: a 21-year prospective
cohort study of 140,000 military personnel.