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President Donald J. Trump Visits VA, Signs VA accountability executive order, Secretary Shulkin makes new key announcements

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:29:00 EDT

Today President Donald J. Trump visited the Department of Veterans Affairs to thank Veterans for their service, and VA employees for their work helping Veterans.

Department of Veterans Affairs announces hiring-freeze changes

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:04:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced an update to its hiring-freeze guidelines for the Department.

VA rehabilitation scientist recognized for work with Veterans affected by upper-limb loss

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:38:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - Dr. Linda Resnik, a research career scientist with the Providence VA Medical Center (PVAMC) in Rhode Island, has been awarded the Paul B. Magnuson Award for her work with Veterans who have experienced upper-limb loss.

VA Modernization Initiative Reduces Processing Time for Veterans' Claims, Saves Future Taxpayer Dollars

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:15:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently started digitizing older, inactive paper records, which will save taxpayer dollars through reduced, leased office-space that currently houses these records.

VA announces new partnership with Veterans Ambulatory Center Development Corporation (VACDC)

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:30:00 EDT

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is changing the way it does business, demonstrating how government can better meet the needs of Veterans while saving taxpayer dollars at the same time. Instead of moving forward with an out-of-date plan developed in 2011 to build a $560 million facility, VA will instead be partnering with the Veterans Ambulatory Center Development Corporation (VACDC), a nonprofit based in Omaha, Nebraska, to construct a much needed ambulatory care center (ACC) at the current Omaha VA Medical Center campus.

VA explores new Veteran-centric treatments through Center for Compassionate Innovation

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:09:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the launch of the Center for Compassionate Innovation (CCI), which will explore emerging therapies that may enhance Veterans' physical and mental well-being.

VA Announces Internal Review of Caregiver Program

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:07:00 EDT

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that, effective April 17, it has suspended revocations initiated by VA medical centers based on eligibility for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) for three weeks.

VA Doctor Honored as Chiropractor of the Year by Professional Association

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:21:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - Dr. Anthony Lisi, national program director for Chiropractic Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), was recently named Chiropractor of the Year Award for 2017 by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

UPDATE to VA Responds to IG Report on Health Care Inspection at D.C. VA Medical Center

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:48:00 EDT

Col. Lawrence Connell U. S. Army (Ret) has been named the Acting Medical Center Director for the D.C. VA Medical Center.

VA Responds to IG Report on Health-Care Inspection at D.C. VA Medical Center

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:39:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - Today, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an interim summary report titled Healthcare Inspection - Patient Safety Concerns at the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center (VAMC), Washington, D.C.

VA Makes Wait Times for Patients Transparent for Veterans: New online tool is first of its kind

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:03:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking unprecedented steps to increase transparency. Today, VA launched a new Access and Quality Tool that provides Veterans with an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand way of accessing patient wait time and quality of care data. This tool not only provides Veterans with more information about VA services, it increases accountability and ensures VA is held to a higher standard.

VA Establishes Commission to Recommend New Under Secretary for Its Veterans Health Administration

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:59:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the establishment of a search commission to help identify candidates for the position of Under Secretary for Health of its Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Navy Members Can Now Manage Life Insurance Online

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 12:13:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - Navy members now have the opportunity to enroll or change their Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) online. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began enrollment for Navy members in the SGLI Online Enrollment System (SOES) on April 5.

VA Secretary Praises Congress for Extending Choice Program: Calls legislation major step toward increasing access to care

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 17:33:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - Today, following the U.S. Senate's passage by unanimous consent last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that extends the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) until the funding dedicated to the program is exhausted. The VCP is a critical program that increases access to care for millions of Veterans. Without this legislation, the ability to use VCP funding would have ended abruptly on Aug. 7 of this year. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin released the following statement of support:

VA Secretary Makes Strides to Improve Veterans Experience: Selects Lynda Davis, PhD, as Chief Veterans Experience Officer

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 14:02:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - In an effort to elevate the Veterans Experience Office (VEO), the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David J. Shulkin, today announced the appointment of Lynda Davis, PhD, as Chief Veterans Experience Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

VA national cemeteries to commemorate World War I centennial

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:02:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) announced its cemeteries will host wreath-laying ceremonies the week of April 6 to commemorate the 353,082 World War I Veterans interred in VA sites across the country.

VA REACH VET Initiative Helps Save Veterans Lives: Program Signals When More Help Is Needed for At-risk Veterans

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 13:33:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - Suicide prevention is one of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) highest priorities. As part of VA's commitment to put resources, services and all technology available to reduce Veteran suicide, VA has launched an innovative program called Recovery Engagement and Coordination for Health - Veterans Enhanced Treatment (REACH VET).

VA Awards Grants to Develop Technology to Help Veterans, Service Members Modify Homes

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 11:00:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the awarding of $599,802 in Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grants to eligible individuals, researchers and organizations to develop new technology that may enhance Veterans' and service members' ability to live in a specially adapted home.

VA Forced to Delay Removing Employee Caught Watching Pornography

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:58:00 EDT

After a through internal review of an employee of the Michael DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston caught watching pornography while with a patient, the designated proposing official recommended removal from federal service.