Million Veteran Program (MVP)

As a Millennium Cohort Study participant, the valuable survey information that you and other Service members have provided has been used by DoD leaders and policymakers to create strategies to protect the health and well-being of our Service members and Veterans.

You may have recently received a letter from our study team letting you know about a new research opportunity available to you from the VA Office of Research and Development for the Million Veteran Program (MVP).

MVP is a national, voluntary research program funded entirely by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research & Development. The goal of MVP is to partner with Veterans receiving their care in the VA Healthcare System to study how genes affect health.

By joining the Million Veteran Program you can help researchers better understand the role genes play in our health. For example, this research may help answer questions like "Why does a treatment work well for some Veterans but not for others?"; "Why are some Veterans at a greater risk for developing an illness?"; and "How can we prevent certain illnesses in the first place?" With the expected enrollment of one million Veterans over the next five to seven years, MVP aims to be one of the largest databases of its kind in the United States.

Veterans—and in fact all Americans—stand to benefit greatly as researchers learn more about the effects of our genes on health. The ways that doctors screen, diagnose, and treat certain illnesses—such as some forms of cancer—have already improved through knowledge about the effects of specific genes. MVP will lead to new knowledge about which genes put people at risk for certain diseases, and which ones affect how people respond to treatment. This knowledge may eventually lead to better treatments and preventive measures for many diseases, including common illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

By remaining involved in the Millennium Cohort Study and by joining the Million Veteran Program, you will help researchers identify previously unknown relationships between health conditions, genes, and military experiences. Only through this kind of research can we identify these links and hope to improve the quality of life for our Service members and Veterans.

If you have any further questions about the Million Veteran Program, please visit our frequently asked questions page.

Respectfully,

Signature for CDR Faix

Dennis Faix, CDR, MC, USN
On behalf of the Millennium Cohort Study Team

Dear Valued Clients:

The impact of COVID-19 presents a sobering reality of the changing landscape our society faces.

As the world grapples with the seriousness of this epidemic and its unprecedented effects, the Law Office of Mark Ignacio is doing its part in following local, state, and federal mandates in limiting physical exposure to avoid the spread of this disease.

We are operating remotely away from the office, yet we are equipped to fully assist the public with our legal services. Office hours will remain as follows: Monday- Thursday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. You may reach the office at 619-810-4644 or for faster response time, via email at [email protected]

All communication will take place telephonically, through video conferencing, and through electronic and first-class mail. All notarial appointments will be independently made with clients on a case-by-case basis. Further, because the courts have closed for the time being, other than for emergency hearings, all court-related work will be temporarily suspended until the courts re-open. Because of the fear COVID-19 presents, our office is receiving plenty of estate planning work, whether in the form of existing clients wishes to modify their estate plans or new clients seeking assistance in creating theirs for the first time.

We are actively monitoring updates from local, state, and federal agencies, as well as abiding by the guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to determine if further modifications to our practice will need to be implemented.

We implore you to take the necessary precautions to care for yourselves and for your families.

We shall keep all of those affected by COVID-19 in our thoughts and prayers.

Respectfully,

Mark John M. Ignacio, Esq.
Principal Attorney, Law Office of Mark Ignacio

Dear Valued Clients: The impact of COVID-19 presents a sobering reality of the changing landscape our society faces. As the world grapples with the seriousness of this epidemic and its unprecedented effects, the Law Office of Mark Ignacio is doing its part in following local, state, and federal mandates in limiting physical exposure to avoid the spread of this disease. We are operating remotely away from the office, yet we are equipped to fully assist the public with our legal services. Office hours will remain as follows: Monday- Thursday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. You may reach the office at 619-810-4644 or for faster response time, via email at [email protected] All communication will take place telephonically, through video conferencing, and through electronic and first-class mail. All notarial appointments will be independently made with clients on a case-by-case basis. Further, because the courts have closed for the time being, other than for emergency hearings, all court-related work will be temporarily suspended until the courts re-open. Because of the fear COVID-19 presents, our office is receiving plenty of estate planning work, whether in the form of existing clients wishes to modify their estate plans or new clients seeking assistance in creating theirs for the first time. We are actively monitoring updates from local, state, and federal agencies, as well as abiding by the guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to determine if further modifications to our practice will need to be implemented. We implore you to take the necessary precautions to care for yourselves and for your families. We shall keep all of those affected by COVID-19 in our thoughts and prayers. Respectfully, Mark John M. Ignacio, Esq. Principal Attorney, Law Office of Mark Ignacio