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      Veterans health
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      United States military personnel are committed to serving and protecting the public. Although those who serve are known as heroes and often seem invincible, many of our country's veterans and active-duty military personnel are at risk for or currently have chronic diseases. Data is limited on the prevalence of chronic diseases and effective interventions to prevent chronic diseases and improve health in this population. This collection of papers published in Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) between November 2011 and June 2012 focuses on issues regarding the health and quality of life of veterans and military personnel. The goal in publishing these articles is to add to the body of evidence and make information on effective interventions readily available. This set of articles is hoped to serve as a catalyst to encourage researchers and practitioners working with this population to continue conducting research, implementing evidence-based interventions, and sharing their knowledge and lessons learned with others. PCD continues to be interested in articles on chronic disease prevention and health promotion in this population as part of its mission to promote the open exchange of information and knowledge among researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and others who strive to improve the health of the public through chronic disease prevention.

      Each manuscript in this collection explores the health and wellbeing of US veterans as it relates to chronic disease. Whether it’s measuring the prevalence and risk of homelessness among those who’ve served in our military, or examining the health-related quality of life among veterans and civilians, this collection gives readers an in-depth look at the health risks and concerns affecting our nation’s service men and women.

      The authors in this collection have incorporated data from The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a state-based system of health surveys that collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury. For many states, the BRFSS is the only available source of timely, accurate data on health related behaviors.

      Established in 1984 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the BRFSS is collected monthly in all 50 states and includes the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Guam. More than 350,000 adults are interviewed each year, making BRFSS the largest telephone health survey in the world.

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