VA Office of Research and Development

From research on tuberculosis in the 1940s, to today's developments in advanced robotic prosthetics, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has ranked as one of the nation's leaders in health research.The VA Research program consists of four main research services, which work together to address the full spectrum of Veterans' health needs.

VA Research Principles

If you’re a Veteran—especially if you’re considering volunteering in a VA study—you should know that the highest priority of VA Research is protecting participants. Specifically, you should know about the five general “VA Research Principles” all clinical research in VA must adhere to, as stated below. (Of course, there are many detailed rules and guidelines that are followed besides these general principles.)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 

On this page we focus on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life.

National Center for PTSD

Learn more about post-traumatic stress disorder and the resources the VA offers.

Women Veterans Health

Did you know that women are the fastest growing group within the Veteran population? Learn more about the changing face of women Veterans and what VA is doing to meet their health care needs.

Real Warriors

Promoting the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery, and supporting reintegration of returning service members, Veterans and their families.


We are a scientific community of clinicians and researchers and we partner with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) to bring the power of modern medicine to the health of our nation’s Veterans.