Attention veterans: the Department of Veterans Affairs is announcing four new studies that will use genetic and other data from VA’s Million Veteran Program, or MVP, to answer key questions on heart disease, kidney disease, and substance abuse (high priority conditions affecting veterans). More than 390,000 veterans have enrolled so far, and is becoming
the nation’s largest database linking genetic, clinical, lifestyle and military exposure information. The newly funded studies are among the first to use MVP data to try to answer pressing questions on veterans’ health. MVP-based studies on PTSD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are already underway.

There has already been an impressive amount of data collected through MVP and they are continuing to recruit more veterans in the program and building its research infrastructure
through studies like these. The new studies, involving VA researchers and university colleagues, will explore specific questions related to chronic illnesses common among veterans.
The new studies include the following:

  • Cardiovascular risk factors
  • Multi-substance use
  • Pharmacogenomics of kidney disease
  • Metabolic conditions

For more information about MVP and VA research in general, visit

Remember our Vietnam Veterans Banquet is 26 September at 5 p.m. at the Grand Event Center inside the Grand Casino Hotel Resort in Shawnee, Okla. You do not have to be a veteran of the Vietnam Era to attend, but the meals will be paid for (plus one guest) for the Vietnam Era Veterans. It should be a grand event honoring our Vietnam Era

Remember the CPN Veterans Organization meets every month on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. or as soon as you can get there, in the North Reunion Hall on the Potawatomi Powwow Grounds. All CPN veterans and their families are welcome. You do not need to be a member of the organization to attend these meetings, just come
and visit with us and see what we are about. A meal is provided.