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Join the Million Veteran Program in Reno

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Attendees of the 99th National Convention in Reno in August can support cutting-edge genomics research into precision medicine for veterans by enrolling in the Million Veteran Program (MVP) and donating a blood sample for genomic research.

The VA initiative is building the world’s most robust database of genetic, military exposure, lifestyle and health information, and is seeking DNA samples from Legionnaires. It is more than halfway to its goal of 1 million samples, and needs attendees’ help to get it over the top.

MVP will have a booth in the exhibit hall (Hall 2, 1st Floor) at Reno-Sparks Convention Center where informed consent and blood samples will be taken – it only takes about 15 minutes! The process entails verification of enrollment in the VA system; a short medical brief; and the taking of a small blood sample. The exhibit hall’s hours are:

Friday, Aug. 18, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 19, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 21, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Click here to read more about the Million Veteran Program.

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The issuance or replacement of military service medals, awards and decorations must be requested in writing.

Requests should be submitted in writing to the appropriate military service branch division of the NPRC. Standard form (SF 180), available through the VA, is recommended to submit your request. Generally, there is no charge for medal or award replacements. For more information, or for the mailing address of the military branch office to submit your request to, call 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272) or visit the NPRC website at