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News Releases

 VA updates musculoskeletal and muscle injuries portion of disability rating schedule to reflect changes used to evaluate Veterans’ disability compensation - The musculoskeletal and muscle injuries portion of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) has been revised to reflect updated medical information used to assess Veterans’ medical records and determine their VA disability rating. (2/24/21)

 VA launches public guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal information - This February the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched Ethics Principles for Access to and Use of Veteran Data as part of ongoing efforts to protect Veteran data. (2/22/21)

 VA announces additional leadership appointments - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the names of the latest key appointees in the department.  (2/18/21)

 VA offers continued debt relief options to Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reaffirms its commitment to extend debt relief for Veterans through Sept. 30.  (2/18/21)

 VA reaches milestone vaccinating its 1 millionth Veteran - The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration vaccinated its 1 millionth Veteran with their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (2/17/21)

  VA, VFW open telehealth access point in rural Pennsylvania - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opened a new ATLAS (Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations) site this week at Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7842 in Linesville.  (2/16/21)

 VA extends existing moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures and extends loan forbearance opportunities - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will extend the existing moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, as well as extend VA loan forbearance requests, to June 30, because of COVID-19.  (2/16/21)

 VA receives additional 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to administer to Veterans, employees - Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities are receiving a one-time supplemental allocation of 200,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses this week from the Department of Health and Human Services.  (2/11/21)

 Satisfied VA workforce resonates with Veterans’ positive experience - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made strides in recent years to improve the work environment, ensuring the department is not only a place where Veterans want to receive care and services, but also a place where employees want to work.  (2/11/21)

VA offers millions in grant funding for adaptive sports to support disabled Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications from community organizations through March 31 — for up to $16 million in grant funding — to provide adaptive sports and therapeutic recreational opportunities for disabled Veterans and members of the armed forces.  (2/9/21)

VA advances medical research for minority Veterans with new genomic tool - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new genomic research tool designed to help VA researchers learn more about how conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease affect Veterans from minority backgrounds.  (2/5/21)

VA administers 1 million COVID-19 doses, publishes facility vaccination numbers - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reached a milestone in just a month and a half’s time administering 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans and VA health care workers. (2/2/21)

VA seeks feedback to guide future vision of VA health care - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a draft decision for criteria Feb. 1 in the Federal Register to be used by VA’s Secretary to develop recommendations for the future of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) health care.  (2/1/21)

VA commemorates 75 years of academic partnerships, improving health of Veterans and nation - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will mark the 75th anniversary, Jan. 30, of its VA’s academic affiliations program which provides training to nearly 70% of the country’s physicians. (1/29/21)

Statement by Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dat P. Tran on VA easing economic hardships for Veterans, their families, survivors and caregivers - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is steadfast leading the way in President Joseph Biden’s Jan. 22 Executive Order to deliver economic relief to Americans amid the COVID-19 crisis by addressing economic hardships the Veteran community faces during the ongoing pandemic.  (1/29/21)

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