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VA to study Iraq, Afghanistan vets’ health

September 22, 2013 - 7:16pm -- justinhiggins2

Army Times, 4 February 2013
“The Veterans Affairs Department will conduct a long-term study of the possible health effects of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, including exposure to environmental hazards and open-air burn pits. According to the Feb. 4 issue of the Federal Register, VA will launch a new burn pit and airborne hazards-related longitudinal study of recent combat veterans to determine whether there is a relationship between deployments and illnesses such as cancer, respiratory disease, circulatory problems, neurological conditions and more. VA Secretary Erik Shinseki has asked the Defense Department to take a role in the study and help VA address the medical needs of those who have deployed, the announcement states. VA previously had insisted that an Iraq- and Afghanistan-centric health cohort study was not needed because VA already participates in several longitudinal health studies, including the Millennium Cohort Study, which evaluates the long-term health of service members, the Million Veteran Program and Gulf War veteran studies.”

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