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News Releases

 VA statement on new chief of staff - Effective immediately, VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Executive Director Peter O’Rourke will serve as VA’s permanent chief of staff, ensuring that the department works closely with the White House going forward. (2/16/18)

 VA statement on departure of VA Chief of Staff - Today VA announced that the department’s Chief of Staff Vivieca Wright Simpson has elected to retire following the release of a VA Inspector General investigation on Wednesday (2/16/18)

 Statement on VA IG Report on Secretary Shulkin's Travel - Accountability and transparency are important values at VA under President Trump, and we look forward to reviewing the report and its recommendations in more detail before determining an appropriate response (2/14/18)

 For Women’s History Month, VA to Showcase Stories of 10 Women Veteran Athletes - WASHINGTON — From distance runners to cyclists, the stories of 10 women Veteran athletes will be displayed at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers around the country in March, to coincide with Women’s History Month. (2/14/18)

 President Trump Seeks $12B Increase in FY2019 VA Budget to Support Nation’s Veterans - WASHINGTON — In the fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget, President Trump is proposing a total of $198.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). (2/12/18)

 VA, Department of Treasury Advance in Partnership to Strengthen Prevention of Fraud, Waste and Abuse - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has formed a partnership with the U.S. Department of Treasury to develop new and innovative tools to combat fraud, waste and abuse, efforts that will help VA understand and address program risks and create shared solutions for other federal agencies. (2/9/18)

 VA Celebrates African-American Veterans throughout February - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced several events in celebration of African American History Month.  (2/7/18)

VA Announces Aggressive New Approach for Low-Performing Medical Centers - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced steps that it is taking as part of an aggressive new approach to produce rapid improvements at VA’s low-performing medical facilities nationwide (2/1/18)

VA Announces Leadership Changes at Roseburg (Oregon) Medical Center - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the Director of the Roseburg VA Health Care System, Doug Paxton has stepped down and an interim replacement has being named. This is step aimed at improving care for Veterans served by Roseburg, which remains one of VA’s 15 lowest performing facilities. (2/1/18)

Statement by VA Secretary David Shulkin -- State of the Union - Under President Trump’s leadership, VA is engaged in the largest transformation and modernization effort in decades (1/30/18)

New Online Tool Will Provide Veterans With Customized Instructions for Discharge Upgrade Process - WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense (DOD), through a joint initiative with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has launched a new web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to Veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge.  (1/25/18)

VA’s National PTSD Brain Bank Collaborates With PINK Concussions Group: Women Veterans Urged to Donate Brains for Research - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a collaboration between its National Center for PTSD and the nonprofit organization PINK Concussions, encouraging women to donate their brains for the purpose of research of the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (1/24/18)

VA, Health and Human Services Announce Partnership to Strengthen Prevention of Fraud, Waste and Abuse Efforts - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a partnership to share data, data analytics tools and best practices for identifying and preventing fraud, waste and abuse. (1/23/18)

VA Facilities Now Offer Same-day Care for Urgent Primary and Mental Health-care Needs - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a major milestone, that 100 percent of its more than 1,000 medical facilities across the country now offer same-day services for urgent primary and mental health-care needs.  (1/12/18)

VA Becomes First Hospital System to Release Opioid Prescribing Rates - Today U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA has begun publicly posting information on opioids dispensed from VA pharmacies, along with VA’s strategies to prescribe these pain medications appropriately and safely.  (1/11/18)

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