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 VA’s Veterans Crisis Line setting gold standard in call-response rate - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ recent release of the 2018 data for the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) confirms the call center continues to outpace last year’s metrics by providing faster, more effective assistance to Veterans and their loved ones. (6/25/19)

 VA to reduce rates for Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance - On July 1, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will reduce Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) monthly premium rates from 7 cents per $1,000 to 6 cents per $1,000 of insurance, along with Family SGLI Program (FSGLI) premium rates for spousal coverage at all age brackets.  (6/25/19)

 VA Secretary: One-Sided Hearing Puts HVAC Bipartisanship at Risk - Today, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie released a letter he wrote to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano regarding the committee’s decision to exclude VA from testifying before the committee during a hearing on the department’s handling of whistleblower complaints. (6/25/19)

 New research affirms critical need for caregivers in Veteran care - New research published in the June 2019 edition of the journal Health Affairs shows the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation are working collectively to better integrate caregivers into a Veteran’s health care treatment. (6/17/19)

 VA and White House launch Veteran suicide-prevention task force - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and White House initiative to curb Veteran suicide, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Joe Grogan will launch a cabinet-level task force June 17 to develop a national roadmap. (6/17/19)

 2 VA employees selected for George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program - Two U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) personnel will be among 43 chosen scholars gathered in Dallas for the 2019 George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program aimed at individuals serving Veterans and those motivated to grow their skillsets, knowledge and influence across the nation.  (6/17/19)

 VA exceeds hiring goal of mental health providers by the thousands - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently surpassed its original goal to hire mental health providers by more than 1,000, through the Mental Health Hiring Initiative, which aims to achieve higher standards of access and quality care. (6/14/19)

 VA’s Vet Centers to host open houses to celebrate initiative’s 40th anniversary - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host open houses during the month of June to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its Vet Centers, which provide readjustment counseling for eligible Veterans, service members and their families. (6/13/19)

 VA receives awards for innovation in health IT - For the second year, nine U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs were recognized for innovations in federal health technology during an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. (6/12/19)

VA health care facilities to go smoke-free - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) commitment to provide excellent health care for Veterans, the department will implement a new policy restricting smoking by patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors at its health care facilities by October. (6/10/19)

VA launches new health care options under MISSION Act - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its new and improved Veterans Community Care Program on June 6, 2019, implementing portions of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (MISSION Act), which both ends the Veterans Choice Program and establishes a new Veterans Community Care Program.  (6/6/19)

VA announces final community care regulations under MISSION Act - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the publication in the Federal Register of two final regulations as part of its new Veterans Community Care Program under the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018. (6/5/19)

VA nabs four Telly Awards for virtual-care educational videos - As a result of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) efforts to educate and help Veterans better understand health care services available to them, VA’s Office of Connected Care (OCC) recently won four Telly Awards for educational videos highlighting the department’s virtual care experience. (6/4/19)

MESSAGE FROM VA Secretary Robert Wilkie - "Fact check" inaccuracies in a recent news article" - MESSAGE FROM VA Secretary Robert Wilkie - I want to call attention to several inaccuracies in a recent “fact check” that claimed the Trump administration is taking credit for progress made under the Obama administration.  (5/31/19)

VA encourages Veterans to quit tobacco on World No Tobacco Day - In recognition of “World No Tobacco Day” on May 31, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will reaffirm its “Better Starts Today” campaign, calling on Veterans who use tobacco to discover reasons to quit and take advantage of innovative VA resources to help them succeed. (5/28/19)


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