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 VA renews partnership with Y-USA to expand whole-health services to Veteran communities - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently renewed a nationwide partnership with Y-USA that focuses on whole health to enhance services available that promote the health and well-being of Veterans, their families and caregivers. (11/15/19)

 VA announces limits on taxpayer-funded union time, tells unions to pay their fair share for office space, equipment - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that unions will be required to vacate or pay rent for the use of VA office space and equipment that they previously used for free. Further, VA employees who serve as union representatives are now expected to spend at least 75 percent of their paid time performing VA business or necessary training in most circumstances. (11/15/19)

 VA uses innovative means to help reduce diabetic limb loss - November is National Diabetes Month and as part of broader efforts by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to confront diabetes, Dec. 1, VA will begin regional implementation of the Podimetrics Mat, a new medical device that has the potential to prevent limb loss in Veterans with diabetes.  (11/15/19)

 VA’s version of ‘Shark Tank’ awards grassroots health care innovations - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to promote grassroots innovations throughout its health care system, the agency recently crowned winners from the Veterans Heath Administration (VHA) Innovation Ecosystem’s "Shark Tank" competition during the Oct. 23, VHA Innovation Experience (iEx) event. (11/13/19)

 News from the Department of Defense - The Department of Defense is expanding commissary, military exchange, and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) retail privileges on U.S. military installations as specified in the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, included in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. (11/13/19)

 VA and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation launch effort to prioritize mental health and emotional wellbeing in America’s workplace - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary’s Center for Strategic Partnerships and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today, pledged to support the mental health and welfare of the country’s workforce. (11/13/19)

 VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration makes strides during 2019 fourth quarter - The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) delivered performance improvements made for the fourth quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2019 during a late October live webcast. (11/12/19)

 VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals named finalist for Military Spouse Employment Award - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) was named a finalist Oct. 30, for the 9th Annual U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes awards and is a contender for the Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring Award.  (11/8/19)

 VA Center for Women Veterans celebrates 25th anniversary - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Center for Women Veterans (Center) commemorated 25 years of providing dedicated advocacy for America’s women Veterans Nov. 7, at VA headquarters in Washington, D.C. (11/8/19)

 VA video series teaches Veterans how to use new tool when filing disability claims online - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is transforming the way Veterans learn about and apply for benefits earned, through a new video tutorial completed in October highlighting the digital Disability Compensation Benefits Claims tool released earlier this year . (11/7/19)

 VA and Pet Partners combine efforts to bring therapy animal services to more Veterans - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partnered with non-profit organization Pet Partners in October to help improve quality of life, social engagement and health of Veterans, by increasing access to animal-assisted activities (AAA) and animal-assisted therapy (AAT) services throughout the VA health care system. (11/7/19)

 The VA Innovators Network enlists FedTech to help transform employee ideas into Veteran solutions - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has contracted with start-up organization FedTech to provide training to VA employees during FedTech’s Innovation Boot Camp Nov. 19 - 21 in Washington, D.C.  (11/6/19)

 Veterans can now access information through Health Records on iPhone - In honor of Veterans Month this November, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is rolling out nationwide access for Veterans to their VA health data, alongside their health records from other health care providers in one place, in the Health Records section of the Health app for iPhone. (11/6/19)

 VA equips 200,000 Veterans with lifesaving naloxone - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) program announced that from May 2014 to September 2019, the program issued naloxone — a medication used to block the effects of a potentially fatal opioid overdose — to more than 200,000 Veterans. (11/5/19)

 Four VA female leaders recognized for influence in health IT - Four senior leaders from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were among more than 30 women honored by FedHealthIT magazine during an award ceremony Oct. 30 at the Leading for Impact: Women in Leadership conference in Arlington, Virginia. (11/5/19)

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