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Heather French Foundation for Veterans, Inc.
Operation Veterans’ Health
Department of Veterans Affairs
“Veterans are 5x more at risk than the general population due to risk factors associated with military service.”
* Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., M.P.H., Under Secretary for Health, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Testimony before U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, April 15, 1999.
According to studies done by the Department of Veterans Affairs 10-20% of all inpatient population is infected with Hepatitis C.
* Recommendations for Prevention and Treatment of Hepatitis C Virus and HCV-Related Chronic Disease, MMWR, CDC, Oct. 16, 1998, Pgs.1
Reality: Anyone can get hepatitis anywhere, and without doing anything wrong. The virus has crossed all boundaries of race, gender, and social class.
A CDC study of the health status of Vietnam veterans found that only 3% had used “hard drugs” defined as risk factors for Hepatitis C.*
* “Health Status of Vietnam Veterans.” Vol. 1, Synopsis. The Center for Disease Control. Vietnam Experience Study. US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service. January 1989.
ANY BLOOD TO BLOOD CONTACT IN SERVICE?
Between March 1967 and June 1969, over 364,000 transfusions were given in Vietnam.*
* “Information Concerning Vietnam.” Armed Services Blood Program Offic. Office of Health Affairs, Department of Defense. July 24, 1998.
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