VA ensures Veterans have same-day access to emergency mental health care

WASHINGTON - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to provide the best mental health care access possible, VA is reminding Veterans that it offers all Veterans same-day access to emergency mental health care at any...

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VA National Cemetery Administration partners with Carry The Load to honor Veterans and their families

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that its National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is partnering with Carry The Load, a nonprofit organization that provides active ways to connect Americans to the sacrifices made daily by the U.S. military,...

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VA increases contracting with Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses: 5% growth in goals are first since FY 2010

Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie today announced an increase to the department's goals for contracting with Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB).

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VA researcher receives career award for contributions in hearing loss

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researcher was recently recognized by the American Academy of Audiology for his work in improving the lives of Veterans and others affected by hearing loss.

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VA continues community suicide-prevention challenge

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) convened seven teams March 27-29 in Arlington, Virginia, for the Mayor's Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service...

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Veterans' Family, Caregiver and Survivor Advisory Committee provides recommendations to VA Secretary

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie commended the Veterans' Family, Caregiver and Survivor Federal Advisory Committee on March 27 for recommendations that will assist in the department meeting its commitment to improve the experiences of all those it serves.

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VA researcher links flu to heart-failure hospitalizations: Study offers strong evidence adults need annual immunization to avoid potential complications that lead to hospitalization

Influenza significantly increased the risk of hospitalization for heart failure, according to a study of more than 450,000 adults, which was published in the March 27 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)/Cardiology, and headed by a Minneapolis...

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New study finds rising VA employee engagement key to increased success at nearly 150 medical centers

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) received high marks from an independent March 25 study showing a significant relationship between employee engagement and work performance by VA medical center staff.

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VA 3D printing proves more useful for shoulder-surgery planning than current visualization methods

WASHINGTON - In keeping with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to improve health care services for Veterans, Baltimore VA Medical Center (VAMC) doctors recently demonstrated how 3D printing at VA is more useful for orthopedic surgeons in...

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VA offers $15 million in grant funding to support adaptive sports for disabled Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the availability of up to approximately $15 million in grants for community organizations that provide adaptive sports, including therapeutic recreational opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the...

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VA partners with Objective Zero Foundation

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently partnered with the nonprofit Objective Zero Foundation to aid in connecting Veterans with suicide prevention support and resources.

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VA and National Multiple Sclerosis Society join forces to enhance health care services for Veterans

WASHINGTON - As part of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) efforts to advance and improve the lives of Veterans living with multiple sclerosis (MS), the department announced its recent partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Magazine honors VA's New Orleans Replacement Medical Center With ‘Best of the Best Health Care' award

An engineering and construction industry magazine recognized a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center with a 'Best of the Best Health Care' honor at the publication's 54th Annual Award of Excellence Black-Tie Gala held March 21 in New...

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On eve of joint conference in August, DOD and VA issue call for strategies to prevent suicide

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) announced that they have again joined forces to host a biannual

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VA to make new nasal spray drug available for treatment-resistant depression

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its health care providers will now be able to offer the newly approved Spravato nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression.

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VA on path to cure 100,000 Veterans of hepatitis C

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is on track to eliminate the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in as few as two months, in all Veterans willing and able to be treated.

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VA releases health care inspection reports and staffing data for more than 100 Community Living Centers

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began publicly posting, for the first time, health care inspection reports and staffing data for its nursing home system.

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VA continues to pioneer new approaches for treating Veteran mental health conditions

VA continues to pioneer new approaches for treating Veteran mental health conditions New study demonstrates effectiveness of implementing collaborative team method

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Precision health initiative brings genetic testing to Veterans

Precision health initiative brings genetic testing to Veterans VA and Sanford Health join forces to provide free screenings, improve patient care for cancer survivors

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Statement by Secretary Robert Wilkie on President Trump's FY 2020 budget request

In President Trump's fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget, he has once again demonstrated his ongoing commitment to Veterans, ensuring greater quality, efficiency and timely service that our Veterans have earned and deserve.

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VA strengthens care and benefits for Veterans with $220 billion budget

President Donald J. Trump is proposing a total of $220.2 billion in his fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a 9.6 percent increase above fiscal 2019.

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VA selects 18 medical facilities to start ‘high reliability' journey: Initiative creates safe industry-wide environments with robust continuous process improvements

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the selection of 18 medical centers that will lead the way in the department's efforts to transform the nation's largest integrated health care system into a high reliability organization (HRO).

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President Trump signs executive order to empower Veterans and end Veterans suicide

Today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order titled 'National Initiative to Empower Veterans and End Veterans Suicide,' which focuses on improving the quality of life for America's Veterans and ending the tragedy of Veteran suicide.

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VA's Center for Women Veterans kicks off Women's History Month with 'Trailblazers' campaign

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will celebrate the start of Women's History Month in March with a kickoff event on March 6, from 2-4 p.m. at the Women in Military Service for...

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Secretary Wilkie testifies that VA will accelerate disability benefits claims processing for Purple Heart Medal recipients

Today at a congressional hearing VA Secretary Robert Wilkie announced that effective in April, it will provide priority disability benefits claims processing for the initial claims from discharged combat Veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

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VA's proposed rules for Veteran community care now open for public comment

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the publication beginning tomorrow of a proposed regulation in the Federal Register for the new Veterans community care program, including access standards. The proposed regulation would establish new rules for the...

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VA's Appeals Modernization Act takes effect today: New law streamlines department's current claims and appeals process for Veterans

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has implemented the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, which was signed into law Aug. 23, 2017, and represents one of the most significant statutory changes to...

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VA's ‘Better Starts Today' campaign challenges Veterans to ditch smokeless tobacco

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will mark the annual Great American Spit Out on Feb. 21, calling attention to the dangers of using smokeless tobacco, with its 'Better Starts Today' campaign.

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VA publishes interim final rule on cash-out home loans to further protect Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has published an interim final rule relating to VA-guaranteed cash-out refinance loans to further protect Veteran home-loan borrowers from predatory lending practices.

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VA to receive new Fisher Houses in Michigan, Colorado and Nebraska, which offer temporary lodging to Veterans' families and caregivers

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Fisher House Foundation plans to construct three new 16-suite Fisher Houses at VA campuses in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Aurora, Colorado; and Omaha, Nebraska that will provide temporary accommodations for the...

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VA's Rapid Appeals Modernization Program to end ahead of implementation of new Veteran appeals law

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will discontinue the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP), which provided eligible Veterans with early resolutions to their appealed claims, ahead of full implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization...

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VA seeks training providers to ready Veterans for high-tech careers

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is inviting training providers to participate in a new pilot program to prepare Veterans for careers in the high-tech workforce.

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Applications opening soon for 2019 National Veterans Golden Age Games: Anchorage, Alaska, event kicks off June 5

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will begin accepting applicants on Feb. 25 for the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games, scheduled to take place June 5-10 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Registration opens for 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games: Event to be held July 11-16 in Louisville, KY

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Veterans interested in registering for the 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games can do so online Jan. 7 through April 15.

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VA to provide capability for Veterans to access their VA health data on Apple iPhones

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will release new capabilities this summer providing Veterans who receive care at VA with the ability to access their personal medical data using the Health Records on iPhone feature from Apple.

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Statement on the passing of Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Congressman Walter Jones. For over fifty years Congressman Jones and his father tirelessly represented the United States Marines at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point and thousands of Veterans across...

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VA announces mortality data collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the recent start of a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve public health surveillance data.

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VA exceeds 1 million video telehealth visits in FY2018: One-year achievement represents a 19% increase over previous year

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has reached a telehealth milestone, achieving more than 1 million video telehealth visits in one fiscal year (FY18), a 19 percent increase in video telehealth visits over...

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VA launches collaborative training initiative to improve customer service for Veteran claims and appeals

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it recently launched a new customer service training initiative for employees to improve VA's claims and appeals process.

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Veterans Benefits Administration announces district realignment

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) announced a geographic restructuring, from five districts to four, a change that will align regional offices and special missions more evenly.

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The Wall Street Journal endorses VA's proposed community care access standards

WASHINGTON - The Wall Street Journal endorsed VA's recently announced proposed access standards for community care in an editorial published today.

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VA providing unprecedented transparency to Congress

Today VA announced that the department is providing a new and unprecedented level of transparency to lawmakers in Congress. For years under previous administrations, Congressional critics have taken the department to task for not providing enough information to the legislative...

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Four former VA secretaries strongly back VA's proposed community care access standards, reject predictable, false privatization claims

In an opinion editorial published by FOX News today, four former VA Secretaries who served under Presidents Bush and Obama backed VA's proposed community care access standards that are part of the MISSION Act.

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VA urges communities to recognize hospitalized Veterans during ‘National Salute to Veteran Patients' week

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that, as part of an effort to honor hospitalized Veterans, it will mark National Salute to Veteran Patients from Feb. 10-16 by encouraging communities to seek out opportunities to...

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VA announces broad suicide prevention partnership and safe firearm storage partnership

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has recently formalized two partnerships aimed at preventing Veteran suicide.

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VA announces access standards for health care

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its proposed access standards for community care and urgent care provisions that will take effect in June and guide when Veterans can seek care to meet their needs under the MISSION Act...

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Secretary Wilkie: Revolutionizing VA Health Care

This week, as part of VA's implementation of the MISSION Act, the department will introduce long-awaited access standards on community care and urgent care that will take effect in June and guide when Veterans can seek care to meet their...

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VA wait times for new appointments equal to or better than those in private sector: JAMA study compared four VA specialty care services with private care

WASHINGTON - A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows VA significantly reduced wait times for Veteran patients in primary care and three specialty care services between 2014 and 2017.

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VA to implement appeals modernization in February: Act will simplify process for how Veterans make claims appeals

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) announced that the Federal Register will publish on Jan. 18 regulations accompanying the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA), which will help Veterans experience a more transparent...

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VA partners with DHS to expand Veteran suicide prevention efforts

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced its partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to bolster Veteran suicide prevention initiatives.

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VA Partners with CaringBridge

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has partnered with CaringBridge, a global nonprofit social network, to aid in Veterans' connection and communication with their support communities.

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VA continues expansion of integrated network system to enable health care staff to share best practice uses of department's 3D printing capabilities

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it continues to expand its national integrated virtual 3D printing network that began January 2017 at VA's Puget Sound Healthcare System, growing it from just three hospitals with...

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VA, Health and Human Services announce Governor's Challenge to Prevent Suicide

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will convene for the inaugural Governor's Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Service Members, Veterans...

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Sec. Wilkie to Govt. Union: Stop Exploiting Veteran Suicide

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a letter from Secretary Robert Wilkie to American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox

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OP-ED: The VA is making real progress on suicide prevention for Veterans

The department is making great strides in our top clinical priority --suicide prevention -- and in improving mental health care for Veterans

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VA announces new director of the Office of Transition and Economic Development

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the appointment of Cheryl J. Rawls to serve as the executive director of the Office of Transition and Economic Development

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VA awards Community Care Network contracts to increase health care access

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded contracts Dec. 28 to manage provider networks for Regions 1, 2 and 3 of VA's new Community Care Network (CCN), the department's direct link with community providers that will ensure...

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