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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VA partners with The Independence Fund to help prevent Veteran suicide

WASHINGTON - Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its partnership with The Independence Fund to provide wellness and mental health education to Veterans, caregivers and families.

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Registration opens for 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

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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Little Rock, Arkansas, becomes latest community to declare effective end to Veteran homelessness

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the recent effective end of Veteran homelessness in the municipality of Little Rock, Arkansas, bringing the U.S. another step closer to ending Veteran homelessness nationwide.

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VA and the American Physical Therapy Association form partnership to support Veterans' health

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it recently established a partnership with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to promote and support Veterans by providing new physical therapy resources.

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Secretary Wilkie: VA not affected in the event of partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON - In light of the possibility of a partial federal government shutdown, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following statement:

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VA announces moratorium on discharges and decreases from comprehensive caregiver program

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it will temporarily suspend discharges and decreases in level of support from its Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers because of continued concerns expressed by Veterans, caregivers and...

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VA assists GI Bill beneficiaries with Education Corporation of America closure

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will assist GI Bill® students affected by the December closure of Education Corporation of America's (ECA) approximately 70 campuses.

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VBA adjusts Veteran Signals survey of education beneficiaries

Today the VA announced that it will adjust its Veteran Signals survey of education beneficiaries schedule to ensure thorough analysis of its recently completed 2018 survey

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Holiday wreaths honor Veterans at VA national cemeteries

Over the past week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) honored Veterans by working with community and Veterans Service Organization volunteers to place holiday wreaths at VA national cemeteries in remembrance of the military branches and Veterans' service and...

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FY 2018 survey shows increased trust from Veterans in VA hospitals

WASHINGTON - The results of a recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) customer experience feedback survey showed an average 2.4 percent increase in Veteran trust of VA hospitals during fiscal year (FY) 2018.

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Senior VA leader receives prestigious presidential award for service

A senior leader with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was recently presented with the nation's highest civilian career leadership award for her extraordinary commitment and service to Veterans on behalf of the department.

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VA receives 20th consecutive clean audit opinion

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently received its 20th consecutive clean audit opinion on the consolidated financial statements presented in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Agency Financial Report.

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VA hospitals outperform private hospitals in most markets, according to Dartmouth study

According to an independent Dartmouth study recently published this week in Annals of Internal Medicine, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals outperform private hospitals in most health care markets throughout the country.

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VA ranked 6 out of 18 federal government agencies in ‘Best Places to Work' annual tabulation

Today the Partnership for Public Service's ranked VA 6th among the 17 largest federal government organizations in 2018 in the organization's annual ‘Best Places to Work' tabulation.

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VA selects 10 Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry for special funding

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is funding 10 VA Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry (PSCI) over the next three years (2019-2021) to develop innovations to improve patient safety throughout VA.

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VA updates disability rating schedule related to hematologic and lymphatic systems

WASHINGTON - Effective Dec. 9, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or Rating Schedule) that evaluates the hematologic and lymphatic systems.

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VA announces new Veterans Health Application Programming Interface

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched its first Health Application Programming Interface (API) that will power the next generation of Blue Button features by enabling Veterans to interact with their own personal health data within...

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VA hosts national telehealth summit to increase health care access for Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting the Anywhere to Anywhere, Together Summit at the United States Institute of Peace with the nation's top industry, government and non-profit leaders to increase connectivity and access to...

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie – Statement on the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

'All of America's veterans are saddened by the passing of President George H. W. Bush. His courage in combat was special even during the war in the Pacific, where our forces demonstrated some of the highest levels of valor and...

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VA announces fully capable Tele-counseling service within its Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) announced the ability for Veterans nationwide to meet with more than 1,000 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC) via 'Tele-counseling,' or virtual communication.

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Statement by Secretary Robert Wilkie on Forever GI Bill Housing Benefit Payments

To clear up any confusion, I want to make clear that each and every post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiary will be made 100 percent whole - retroactively if need be - for their housing benefits for this academic year based on...

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VA Benefits Chief: "Every Single Veteran Will Be Made Whole"

Today, during a hearing before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, VA Under Secretary for Benefits Paul Lawrence delivered the following statement: Before I get into my opening statement on the subject of...

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VA seeks public comment on Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, as amended by VA MISSION Act of 2018

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will accept public comments for 15 days on how to implement certain changes to the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) required by the VA MISSION...

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Post-9/11 GI Bill Housing Payment Rates Update

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced key changes in the processing of GI Bill benefits payments under the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill)

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VA Marks 15th Anniversary of My HealtheVet

This month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is celebrating the 15th anniversary of My HealtheVet, an online patient portal created to empower Veterans to become active participants in their health care.

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VA's Office of Transition and Economic Development engages Puerto Rico's Veteran community

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently hosted and participated in a series of partnership events in Puerto Rico to advance the economic success of service members, Veterans and families living on the island.

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VA hosts music therapy retreat in Nashville to help Veterans heal

WASHINGTON - Aimed at helping former service members process some of their military experiences, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the nonprofit Operation Song launched the first of a series of national music therapy retreats Nov. 14-17 in...

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VA researchers named to TIME Magazine's list of 50 most influential people in health care

WASHINGTON - Two research scientists with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were recently named to TIME Magazine's list of the 50 most influential people in health care in 2018.

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VA's Benefits Delivery at Discharge program improves service to Veterans

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program has made significant improvements in disability claim processing over the past year, with most service members who submitted claims through the program receiving decisions within 30...

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VA realigns several program offices to improve efficiency in meeting Veterans' health care needs

WASHINGTON - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) modernization efforts to improve efficiency in care coordination for Veterans and meet a presidential executive order for reorganizing the executive branch, VA plans to realign several programs within...

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VA takes key step to improve its website to provide Veterans an enhanced digital customer experience

WASHINGTON - This week the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) took a key step in its digital modernization effort by revamping its website accessed by 10 million customers per month who use VA's tools and content online.

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VA returns medical professionals currently serving unions to serving Veterans

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will be moving nearly 430 medical professionals from taxpayer-funded union work back to health care jobs serving Veterans.

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VA scientists elected as National Academy of Medicine members for outstanding professional achievement, commitment to service

WASHINGTON -Four senior U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers were recently elected as new members of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

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VA accelerates pending Veterans benefits appeals claims for victims of Super Typhoon Yutu

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans (VA) announced that it is prioritizing Veterans benefits appeals claims, effective Nov. 1, for victims in the Northern Mariana Islands who have been impacted by Super Typhoon Yutu.

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VA mobilizes federal agencies to offer free legal services to help Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) together with representatives from the departments of Labor, Justice, Defense, Homeland Security, the U.S. Navy and others, signed a joint statement aimed at improving access to free legal services for...

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VA recognizes Vietnam Veteran with first Medal of Honor Medallion during ceremony at Mississippi cemetery

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnished the first Medal of Honor (MOH) Medallion for the private headstone of Pfc. Milton L. Olive III, a decorated Vietnam-era war hero, during a ceremony Nov. 1 at West Grove...

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VA celebrates National Family Caregivers Month

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is commemorating National Family Caregivers Month this November by honoring the service of 5.5 million family members and friends who have dedicated their lives to providing much-needed care for chronically ill,...

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Trump Administration announces decline in Veteran homelessness

WASHINGTON - Veteran homelessness in the U.S. continues to decline, according to a new national estimate announced today by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson.

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VA celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018 with events honoring Veterans and their families

WASHINGTON - Yesterday evening President Donald J. Trump declared November 2018 the second annual National Veterans and Military Families Month to 'salute the brave and dedicated patriots who have worn the uniform of the United States, and…celebrate the extraordinary military...

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VA amends regulations on VA pension and other needs-based programs

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently amended its regulations governing entitlements to VA pension and Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, which are need-based programs.

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VA prioritizing all pending Veterans benefits appeals claims for victims of hurricanes Florence and Michael

WASHINGTON - Veterans impacted by recent hurricanes Florence and Michael will now have their pending appeals claims for benefits prioritized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), department officials announced.

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VA joins Military Spouse Employment Partnership

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) announced it is advancing employment opportunities for military spouses by joining the Department of Defense (DOD) Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP).

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VA achieves major milestone in effort to modernize claims processing

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently completed a significant modernization effort in which more than 7.8 million paper files were removed from 60 locations in fewer than 22 months, enabling rapid scanning into VA's electronic claims...

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VA Debt Management Center reduces average wait times for Veterans contacting call center

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Debt Management Center (DMC) reached a recent milestone this July when it reported it had lowered the average wait times for Veterans contacting the call center, from over 21 minutes in fiscal...

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VA appoints new director for DC VA Medical Center

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it has appointed Michael S. Heimall, a former director at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to take on new duties as director of the Washington DC...

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President Trump approves appointment of four additional judges to VA's Board of Veterans' Appeals

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that President Donald J. Trump recently approved the appointment of four new Veterans Law Judges to VA's Board of Veterans' Appeals.

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VA online health portal wins government innovation award

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently won a 2018 Government Innovation Award for the VA Medical Images and Reports feature in My HealtheVet, VA's online health portal. VA will be recognized for the award at a...

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VA study on cholesterol genetics could lead to new treatments for heart disease, diabetes

WASHINGTON - In the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) drive to help improve lives of Veterans through health care discovery and innovation, a team led by VA researchers recently identified three genetic mutations that govern cholesterol levels, which could...

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VA and DOD senior leaders commit to aligned electronic health records system rollout

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Secretaries of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD) signed a joint statement Sept. 26 pledging that their two departments will align their plans, strategies and structures as they roll out a new electronic health records (EHR)...

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