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News Releases

 VA ribbon-cutting ceremony brings health care closer to home for rural Veterans - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) celebrated its latest telehealth innovation Oct. 16 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6786 in Eureka, Montana, with the grand opening of the first VA Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS) site which will benefit up to 300 Veterans living in that community.  (10/17/19)

 VA employees among federal government workers honored with 2019 Sammies awards - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced two of its own were awarded the 2019 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) Oct. 16 for career achievement and excellence in management by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service.  (10/17/19)

 VA awards millions in adaptive sports grant funding for disabled Veterans - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded $14.8 million in grants for adaptive sports programs benefitting Veterans with disabilities and disabled members of the Armed Forces at the end of September.  (10/15/19)

 VA recognizes World Mental Health Day 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is joining organizations, communities, leaders and mental health professionals to observe World Mental Health Day Oct. 10.  (10/10/19)

 VA Board of Veterans’ Appeals makes history with record breaking year in 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) surpassed last year’s record-high output for decisions. (10/9/19)

 VA completes home loan funding fee refund initiative - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently completed an aggressive initiative to process home loan funding fee refunds to Veteran borrowers, issuing more than $400 million in refunds.  (10/8/19)

 Western Pennsylvania Continuum of Care announces the end of Veteran homelessness in the region - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that the Western Pennsylvania Continuum of Care (CoC) met the requirements in September to declare the effective end of Veteran homelessness in the 20 counties it serves, bringing the nation another step closer to ending homelessness among Veterans across the country.  (10/8/19)

 VA dedicates new columbarium at Los Angeles National Cemetery - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) dedicated a new columbarium Oct. 5 that will double the capacity of Los Angeles National Cemetery in California. (10/7/19)

 Independent Veteran advocate health care survey shows high marks for VA improvements - Veterans across the nation are satisfied with the care they receive at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), according to the Our Care 2019 Report Evaluating Veterans Health Care survey released by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW).  (10/7/19)

 VA to implement Executive Orders governing taxpayer-funded union activities - In a victory for Veterans, taxpayers and VA employees, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has denied an attempt by the leadership of several government unions to block implementation of parts of the following three important Executive Orders (EOs): (10/4/19)

 Veterans can now enroll in VA’s Million Veteran Program online - Veterans can now join the Million Veteran Program online (MVP) as part of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) effort to improve the lives of Veterans through health care research and innovation.  (10/4/19)

VA to approve GI Bill benefits programs in California - Effective Oct. 1, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will serve as the State Approving Agency (SAA) for California in fiscal year 2020.  (10/1/19)

VA and health care leaders create a call to action through national suicide prevention task force - The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) task force hosted a health care leadership meeting at the White House to bring together leaders across the health care industry to discuss their role in changing the culture around mental health, substance misuse and addiction.  (10/1/19)

VA provides Veterans fleeing domestic violence with housing and supportive services - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reminds Veterans nationwide that VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and Grant and Per Diem (GPD) provide housing and other services for Veterans experiencing domestic violence and intimate partner violence. (10/1/19)

VA improves information sharing with community care providers - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will implement new procedures by January 2020, for sharing medical information for Veterans accessing health care in the community. (9/30/19)

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