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Graphic saying New 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)

Graphic saying New 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)

Graphic saying New 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)

Graphic saying New 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)

Graphic saying New 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)

Graphic saying New 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)

Graphic saying New VA Moves to Streamline Identification of Rural Land Areas - In order to more accurately identify and serve rural Veterans, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is improving the method it uses to define urban, rural and highly rural land areas. (8/22/14)

Remarks by Secretary Robert McDonald during AMVETS National Conference - Secretary Robert McDonald delivers remarks during AMVETS National Conference in Memphis, TN (8/13/14)

VA Expands Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) Contracts to Provide Access to Primary Care - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that primary care has been added to the services available to Veterans through VA’s Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) contracts, a key and evolving part of the non-VA medical care program. Eligible Veterans are already able to access inpatient specialty care, outpatient specialty care, mental health care, limited emergency care and limited newborn care for female Veterans following childbirth under PC3.  (8/13/14)

VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veterans Homelessness - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. (8/11/14)

VA Secretary McDonald Delivers Keynote Speech During Disabled American Veterans Conference in Las Vegas - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today delivered the keynote address during the Disabled American Veterans Conference in Las Vegas.  (8/9/14)

In Phoenix, Secretary McDonald Announces Independent Review of All VA Scheduling Practices - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has initiated an independent, nation-wide review of all scheduling practices at VA medical facilities. In his first trip as Secretary, McDonald also announced a series of additional actions to improve veterans’ access to timely, quality health care following a series of meetings with veterans and employees at the Phoenix VA Health Care System (VAHCS). (8/8/14)

Secretary McDonald Announces Town Hall Events at Veterans’ Facilities Nationwide - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald has directed all Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare and benefits facilities to hold town-hall events by the end of September to improve communication with, and hear directly from, Veterans nationwide. (8/5/14)

VA Fights Against Veteran Identity Theft - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it has launched a new campaign to educate Veterans about identity theft prevention. The new campaign, titled More Than a Number, references the personally identifiable information that VA encourages Veterans to protect. (8/5/14)

Secretary McDonald Issues Message to VA Employees - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today released the following message to VA employees: MESSAGE FROM SECRETARY McDONALD I am grateful to President Obama and to Congress for this opportunity to join the dedicated employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and I am honored to serve as your Secretary and lead VA. We are immensely fortunate to work in an organization with the noblest and most respected mission in Government—serving this Nation’s Veterans.  (7/31/14)

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