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 VA extends financial, benefits and claims relief to Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced, March 3, a number of actions to provide Veterans with financial, benefits and claims help amid VA's COVID-19 response. (4/3/20)

 VA New Jersey Health Care System, East Orange campus, to assist COVID-19 response - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opened 20 beds (15 acute care and 5 intensive care) at its East Orange, NJ Medical Center, April 1, to non-Veteran, critical and non-critical COVID-19 patients to help assist the Northern New Jersey region in its COVID-19 response efforts. (4/1/20)

 VA wins 16 awards boosting customer service for America’s Veterans - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) received 16 Gears of Government Awards, this March, for work in the department aimed at improving customer service and fostering medical innovations for Veterans. (3/31/20)

 VA expands virtual services to support Veterans amid regional office closures due to COVID-19 pandemic - Veterans continue to receive benefits and services after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) temporarily closed its 56 regional offices to the public, March 19, in response to COVID-19. (3/31/20)

 VA deploys Mobile Vet Centers to increase outreach during COVID-19 outbreak - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began deploying Mobile Vet Center units, the week of March 16, to expand direct counseling, outreach and care coordination to Veterans in communities affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. (3/30/20)

 VA to assist New York City with COVID-19 response - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is opening a total of 50 beds (35 acute care and 15 intensive care unit) to non-Veteran, non-COVID patients to help assist New York City in its COVID-19 response efforts. (3/29/20)

 VA Releases COVID-19 Response Plan - The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) made public, March 27, the COVID-19 Response Plan it is executing within its medical facilities to protect Veterans, their families and staff. (3/27/20)

 After OPM action, VA invites retired medical personnel back to work - The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved a request from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), March 19, to waive a section of federal law that governs retired VA workers. (3/24/20)

 Veterans’ GI Bill benefits to continue during COVID-19 pandemic - President Trump signed into law S. 3503, March 21, which will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (3/22/20)

VA national cemeteries to adjust operations in response to COVID-19 - All U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries are open and will continue to provide interments for Veterans and eligible individuals. However, effective March 23 — as part of the agency’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) — committal services and the rendering of military funeral honors will discontinue until further notice.  (3/20/20)

VA announces change to urgent care in Community Care Network Region 1 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is transitioning its urgent care network manager, effective March 18, from TriWest Healthcare Alliance to Optum Public Sector Solutions, Inc. (Optum), which is part of United Health Group, Inc., in Community Care Network Region 1. (3/11/20)

VA announces safeguards to protect nursing home and spinal cord injury patients - While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still considers COVID-19 to be a low threat to the general American public, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced, March 10, new safeguards aimed at limiting COVID-19 exposure risk for two of its most susceptible patient populations: nursing home residents and spinal-cord injury patients. (3/10/20)

VA intends to suspend enrollment of new GI Bill students at University of Phoenix, Career Education Corporation, Bellevue University and Temple University - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), acting within its required approval authority under the law limiting certain advertising, sales, and enrollment practices, notified the University of Phoenix, Career Education Corporation (Colorado Technical University, American InterContinental University), Bellevue University and Temple University, March 9, of the agency’s intent to disapprove the enrollment of new GI Bill students at these institutions.  (3/9/20)

VA publishes proposed regulations to improve the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register March 6 that would improve and standardize VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) and ensure the program regulations reflect changes required by the VA MISSION Act of 2018.  (3/4/20)

VA resolution of legacy appeals reaches another milestone - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Benefits Administration’s (VBA) disability compensation appeals dropped below 75,000, Feb. 11.  (3/3/20)


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