The Vietnam Head Injury Study (VHIS) - Phase III is currently seeking healthy
volunteers to participate as controls in our research study located at the National
Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. This is a follow-up study to access
long-term difficulties that veterans may experience after combat in Vietnam from
1966 through 1971.
>My name is Sandra Lewis-Bonifant and I am the study coordinator for the Vietnam
Head Injury Study - Phase III. Ours is a long term study of the effects of head
injury on Vietnam vets who experienced combat, currently being conducted at the
National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, MD.
>The reason I write is that we are currently attempting to locate veterans
that served in Vietnam, and saw combat, any time from 1966-1971. These men would
serve as "controls" or normal volunteers for our study, thus we are
attempting to locate men who did NOT sustain any head trauma or loss of consciousness.
Further, for technical reasons, we are unable to accept men who have a significant
>I can forward a poster that has been approved by the NNMC Institutional Review
Board (IRB), as well as the US Army Materiel Research and Medical Command IRB.
I respectfully petition you to post this announcement on your website (or as an
article in your publication) so that we can reach as many veterans as possible.
As you might imagine, this study has far reaching implications for not only the
ongoing struggles of Vietnam Veterans, but for our troops in Iraq.
>Participation in our study will entail the following: paid RT commercial flight
to NNMC Bethesda, 3 meals a day and private lodging. Neuropsychological testing
(pen/ paper and computerized) lasts 7.5 hours per day, Monday through Friday (weekends
are free of study obligation) for 1 week. Further, no invasive procedures are
>If you would like to discuss this email further, or would like additional
information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Furthermore, if you are not
the appropriate person to contact, I would be grateful for feedback as to who
might be. I appreciate your time and attention and hope that you will be able
to assist in this most significant matter.
>Sandi Bonifant (nee: Lewis), BS
>Vietnam Head Injury Study - Phase III
>National Naval Medical Center