Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Million Veteran DNA Sampling

My brother-in-law is a 100% PTSD disabled Vietnam veteran.  Yesterday, he brought home a Million Veteran Program Baseline Survey from the VA.  As far as I can tell, this program is designed to collect blood for DNA samples from a million veterans.  For more information about the MVP, go to www.research.va.gov/mvp
 While this information could be useful in determining which veterans are most susceptible to the effects of certain toxic exposures on the battlefield and military bases, there are questions to be asked about how in the time of “sequester”, the VA can afford what must be a multi-million dollar study and could DNA data backfire into a “blame genetics not the exposure” scenario.  Finally, how can the government spend this kind of money on DNA sampling of a million veterans and not be able to fund a Center to discover why veterans’ children and grandchildren. have birth defects and disabilities?

With best regards,

Betty Mekdeci
Executive Director
Birth Defect Research for Children
976 Lake Baldwin Lane, Suite 104
Orlando FL 32814

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