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Army Chemical Corps Vietnam-Era Veterans Health Study
Dates Data are Available
To assess the association between herbicide exposure and high blood pressure (hypertension), as a basis for understanding if hypertension is related to military service in Vietnam
To understand the relationship between herbicide exposure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Era of Service
A subset of Veterans who served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps during the Vietnam Era (1965-1973), consisting of personnel who were responsible for the maintenance and distribution or application of chemicals for military operations.
2012 - 2013
Analysis completed for 3,086 Veterans (1,477 Vietnam, 1,609 Non-Vietnam)
Survey respondents: 79.3% Medical records collected (of those who consented): 93.4% Completed in-home visit: 63.8%
An initial survey packet, reminder postcard, and two additional packets were mailed to eligible Veterans.
$2 included with each mail questionnaire and $5 cash included with a refusal conversion mail questionnaire
$50 check for a completed and returned mail questionnaire or medical record consent form
$100 for a completed in-home blood pressure measurement by a medical technician
Self-reported health outcomes and sprayer status
Hypertension risk factors
Alcohol and tobacco use
Body mass index
Blood pressure measurements and pulmonary function
Data Collection Methods
Survey by mail or Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI)
In-home examinations to measure blood pressure and lung function
VA Post Deployment Health Services - Epidemiology Program