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News Releases

 Statement by VA press secretary Curt Cashour on VA's near-term priorities under Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie - Under VA’s new leadership, which is now firmly aligned with President Trump and his priorities, the department’s operations have improved in many ways (4/25/18)

 VA’s Dr. Ann McKee Recognized for Her Concussion Research on TIME'S List of 100 Most Influential People - WASHINGTON — TIME magazine has named Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System, to the 2018 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, announced April 19.  (4/24/18)

 Nearly $700 Million in State Veterans Home Funding Leads to New Construction Projects - WASHINGTON — Recently the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will use $685 million in funding from Congress to fund several State Veterans Home construction projects through the VA State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program.  (4/18/18)

  "Prescribed to Death" opioid memorial raises awareness of prescription drug crisis - On April 17, VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie visited the National Safety Council’s “Prescribed to Death” opioid memorial and recorded this video message. (4/17/18)

 VA Updates and Improves Assistance Program for Transitioning Service Members - WASHINGTON — As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ongoing efforts to help transitioning service members navigate and understand VA’s various benefits, the agency recently updated VA’s briefing portion of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) – an interagency initiative authorized as a voluntary program in 1991 under the National Defense Authorization Act and made mandatory under the VOW to Hire Heroes Act in 2011 to help service members adjust to civilian life.  (4/16/18)

 VA Takes Decisive Actions to Move off GAO High-Risk List - WASHINGTON — Recently the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced actions it will take to address challenges and issues identified by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) when it placed VA on its High-Risk List. The move is designed to address lingering deficiencies in its health-care system once and for all.  (4/16/18)

VA to host Nationwide 'Baby Shower' for Mother’s Day - WASHINGTON — To honor and support Veterans welcoming new children into their families in 2018, 60 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers (VAMC) around the country will host baby showers between May 5-16, the weeks surrounding Mother’s Day, in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. (4/9/18)

Statement by Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie - Congress Must Pass Choice Bill Now to Give Best Care Options to our Veterans - Today marks four years since the disastrous wait-time scandal in Phoenix came to light, where long wait times at the Phoenix VA and at other department facilities nationwide led to unconscionable delays in receiving care. (4/9/18)

VA Takes Significant Step in Improving Correspondence With Veterans - WASHINGTON — As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing improvement of managing taxpayer dollars, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has deployed the Centralized Benefits Communications Management Program (CBCM) nationally.  (4/9/18)

Debunking the VA Privatization Myth - There is no effort underway to privatize VA and to suggest otherwise is completely false and a red herring designed to distract and avoid honest debate on the real issues surrounding Veterans’ health care. (4/5/18)

VA Announces Changes to Improve Delivery of Specialty Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services - WASHINGTON — With a commitment to ensure Veterans receive quicker access to specialty rehabilitation services and equipment, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently implemented a rapid response team to expand staffing and training, increase communication directly with Veterans and improve processes to reduce and eliminate the backlog of pending requests for prosthetic items and services. (4/4/18)

VA Hosts First Women-Owned, Small Business Industry Day - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will host an industry day on March 28 in Springfield, Virginia, aimed at attracting Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) to learn more about initiating and conducting business with VA. (3/28/18)

Applications Opening Soon for 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin accepting applications on April 2 from Veterans interested in competing in the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 3-8.  (3/23/18)

VA and U.S. Digital Service Launch New Web Tool to Help Veterans Track their Benefits Appeals - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S Digital Service announced their launch of an improved Appeals Status tool to increase transparency and enable Veterans to track the progress of their benefits claims appeals.  (3/23/18)

VA Open Application Programming Interface Pledge Gains Momentum to Shape a New Direction for Health Care - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that to further accelerate the benefits of the VA Open Application Programming Interface (API) pledge, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin has asked Dr. Rasu Shrestha, chief innovation officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, to lead the initiative.  (3/19/18)


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