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Veteran Impact Incentive

Does your wearable solution directly impact US military veterans? If so, your project may be eligible for an additional award of $25,000.

Application Details:

If you want to be considered for the veteran impact incentive award:

  • Explain the impact the project will have on veterans.
  • Use an additional 25 seconds at the end of your application video to explain why your solution will impact Veteran’s Health.
  • Eligible projects may propose budgets up to $125,000.
  • Projects not selected for this bonus award will be eligible for up to $100,000.

To help with the veteran focus, we will be hosting a veteran impact forum. This is a great opportunity to learn from people informed about veterans’ health, gain their perspective, and learn about health issues that are important to them. Participants will be able to talk with veterans about potential solutions.


Veteran Health Background:

“Approximately 235,000 veterans, including roughly 37,400 post-9/11 veterans, live in Southwest Pennsylvania, a region that includes Allegheny County (of which Pittsburgh is the county seat) and twelve other surrounding counties. A dense community of veterans lives in the urban area of Pittsburgh, while others are dispersed in the region’s more rural counties. Veterans comprise between 9 and 12 percent of each county’s total population, a rate that is higher than the national average of 6.7 percent, making Southwest Pennsylvania one of the densest veterans communities in the nation.” Reference.

Determining which health problems have more impact on veterans is complicated. The Veterans Administration (VA) health system provides care to some veterans, but not all. Veterans who have access to VA health system are prioritized and tend to be more ill than veterans who do not have priority for care in the VA system. The difference in prevalence between VA patients and veterans not eligible for VA services provides an indication of which health conditions impact veterans in significant ways.

In 2015, RAND completed a study titled “Current and Projected Characteristics and Unique Health Care Needs of the Patient Population Served by the Department of Veterans Affairs”

The charts below highlight the differences in prevalence for different health conditions. They highlight conditions that are more prevalent in general (Figure 5-11) and less prevalent in general (Figure 5-12). The largest relative differences are in the less prevalent conditions (Figure 5-12). It is reasonable to assume that because more severe health problems make a veteran more likely eligible for VA services, the ratio between the prevalence among VA patients and prevalence among non-VA patients is a way to estimate which conditions differentially impact veterans in important ways. Thus PTSD, COPD, hearing loss, Asthma and GERD are conditions that specifically impact veterans

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