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Graphic saying New VA to Hold Industry Day to Support Implementation of Veterans Choice Act - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a next step in the process of implementing the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 that allows for increased Veterans access to, and eligibility for, non-VA health care. (9/13/14)

Graphic saying New VA Secretary McDonald Meets with Congressional Leaders and Military & Veteran Groups to Lay Out His Vision to Reform and Reorganize Department - VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald met today with the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees to affirm his commitment to working together to better serve Veterans. McDonald outlined his Road to Veteran’s Day, a series of strategies and actions that will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to rebuild trust with Veterans and the American people, improve service delivery, and set the course for long-term excellence and reform.  (9/11/14)

Graphic saying New Accelerated Learning Programs Offer Innovative Learning Opportunities for Veterans - Each year, more than 250,000 Servicemembers take off their uniform for the last time. And for those transitioning Veterans, among the first questions they ask is: What’s next?  (9/10/14)

Graphic saying New TRANSCRIPT: Secretary McDonald Press Conference Outlining The Road To Veterans Day - Today, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald held a press conference at VA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters where he shared observations from his travels to VA facilities over the past month and outlined the way ahead as The Road To Veterans Day. (9/8/14)

Graphic saying New VA Names New National Cemetery in Nebraska - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) selected the name Omaha National Cemetery for the national cemetery that VA will construct in the Omaha region. (9/5/14)

Graphic saying New Secretary McDonald Commemorates 100 Years of VA Life Insurance Program - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald commemorated one hundred years of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Life Insurance program today with employees at the VA Life Insurance Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The milestone honors the enactment of the War Risk Insurance Act, Sept. 2, 1914, which is the foundation for VA life insurance protection.  (9/5/14)

Graphic saying New VA Rallies Community Support for Veterans During Suicide Prevention Month - One small act could save the life of a Veteran or Servicemember in crisis – that’s the inspiration behind “The Power of 1” campaign. The campaign will launch this September during Suicide Prevention Month and is a joint project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).  (9/4/14)

Graphic saying New 25 Years of PTSD Research, Education and Technology Provides Comprehensive Mental Health Care for Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) celebrates its 25th anniversary. “We are extremely proud of the Center’s work over the last 25 years,” said Interim Under Secretary for Health Dr. Carolyn Clancy. “VA will continue to study, create awareness, educate and develop policies which better the lives of Veterans with PTSD for years to come.”  (9/4/14)

Graphic saying New Participants Selected for Pilot Program in Rural Communities - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced selection of five organizations and State and local governments to participate in a new pilot program to assist Veterans and their families who are transitioning from military service to civilian life in rural or underserved communities.  (9/2/14)

Secretary McDonald Announces the Start of a National Recruitment Effort to Bring Needed Medical Professionals to VA - Speaking to a crowd of medical students, residents and faculty at Duke University’s School of Medicine, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today launched a recruiting initiative aimed at bringing the best and brightest health professionals to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which will ultimately expand access to care for Veterans.  (8/29/14)

VA Releases New Version of the GI Bill® Comparison Tool - WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched an improved version of the GI Bill® Comparison Tool, which was first launched in February 2014. The GI Bill Comparison Tool is designed to make it easier for Veterans, Servicemembers, and dependents to estimate their GI Bill education benefits and learn more about VA’s approved college, university, and other education and training programs across the country. It also provides key information about college affordability and value so beneficiaries can choose the best education program to meet their needs.  (8/28/14)

HUD, VA, AND USICH ANNOUNCE 33% DROP IN VETERAN HOMELESSNESS SINCE 2010 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) today released a new national estimate of veteran homelessness in the United States. Data collected during the annual Point-in-Time Count conducted in January 2014 shows there were 49,933 homeless veterans in America, a decline of 33 percent (or 24,837 people) since 2010. This includes a nearly 40 percent drop in the number of veterans sleeping on the street.  (8/26/14)

VA Outlines Actions Taken to Improve Access to Care, Implement Recommendations from the Office of Inspector General - – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) today released the final report of its review of systemic issues with patient scheduling and access issues at the Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS). VA concurred with the recommendations in the final report and, in many cases, has already implemented action plans and made improvements that respond to the OIG’s recommendations. (8/26/14)

Secretary Robert A. McDonald's Remarks for the American Legion's 96th Annual Convention, Charlotte, NC - Dan Dellinger, American Legion National President, thanks for that kind introduction—and thank you all for your warm welcome. Let me first recognize your national leadership: Dan Wheeler, Adjutant; Peter Gaytan, Executive Director; your National Vice Commanders, Paul Dillard, Southeast; Robert Newman, Central; William Rakestraw, Northeast; Wayne Satrom, Midwest; and, Douglas Wooddell, Western Region; your Auxiliary President, Peggy Thomas; and, Kris Huntzinger, Commander, Sons Of The American Legion.  (8/26/14)

VA Takes Next Step to Modernize Scheduling System - The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System; the next step in a series of actions VA has taken to replace its antiquated legacy scheduling system. The new system will improve access to care for Veterans by providing medical schedulers with cutting-edge, management-based scheduling software. The RFP will be made public by the end of September 2014; eligible vendors will have 30 days to respond from the day of issuance. (8/25/14)

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