VA study will follow women veterans of Vietnam

The VA plans to conduct a study of approximately 10,000 women who served in the military during the Vietnam War. The veterans will be contacted and asked to participate in a mailed survey, telephone interview and medical records review. The women will be subject to the study whether they are enrolled in the VA’s healthcare system or seek medical care from a private provider.

The goal of the study is to determine the effects of the war on women some 40 years after the war. In particular, the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on women will be reviewed heavily.

Almost 250,000 women served during Vietnam and 7,000 were in country or near the war zone in Southeast Asia.