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 VA Secretary praises department’s model path to ending opioid addiction: Statement follows President Trump’s remarks at summit addressing drug crisis - Calling the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs a recognized leader in pain management and opioid safety, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie today underscored the department’s innovative approaches to chronic pain management. (4/24/19)

 New text feature available through VA’s Women Veterans Call Center: Users may now text, call or chat to learn about resources - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) added a text messaging feature to the Women Veterans Call Center on April 23, providing another convenient way for women to seek information about VA benefits, health care and available resources. (4/23/19)

 VA’s improvements to Veteran community care under MISSION Act on track for June 6 implementation - As the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s signing of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 approaches on June 6, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is making significant strides in implementing major improvements to community care for Veterans.  (4/22/19)

 VA ensures Veterans have same-day access to emergency mental health care - WASHINGTON — As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to provide the best mental health care access possible, VA is reminding Veterans that it offers all Veterans same-day access to emergency mental health care at any VA health care facility across the country.  (4/16/19)

 VA National Cemetery Administration partners with Carry The Load to honor Veterans and their families - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that its National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is partnering with Carry The Load, a nonprofit organization that provides active ways to connect Americans to the sacrifices made daily by the U.S. military, Veterans, first responders and their families. (4/15/19)

VA increases contracting with Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses: 5% growth in goals are first since FY 2010 - Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie today announced an increase to the department’s goals for contracting with Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB). (4/8/19)

VA researcher receives career award for contributions in hearing loss - A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researcher was recently recognized by the American Academy of Audiology for his work in improving the lives of Veterans and others affected by hearing loss. (4/3/19)

VA continues community suicide-prevention challenge - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) convened seven teams March 27-29 in Arlington, Virginia, for the Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans and their Families.  (4/1/19)

Veterans’ Family, Caregiver and Survivor Advisory Committee provides recommendations to VA Secretary - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie commended the Veterans’ Family, Caregiver and Survivor Federal Advisory Committee on March 27 for recommendations that will assist in the department meeting its commitment to improve the experiences of all those it serves. (4/1/19)

VA researcher links flu to heart-failure hospitalizations: Study offers strong evidence adults need annual immunization to avoid potential complications that lead to hospitalization - Influenza significantly increased the risk of hospitalization for heart failure, according to a study of more than 450,000 adults, which was published in the March 27 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)/Cardiology, and headed by a Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researcher. (3/28/19)

New study finds rising VA employee engagement key to increased success at nearly 150 medical centers - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) received high marks from an independent March 25 study showing a significant relationship between employee engagement and work performance by VA medical center staff. (3/26/19)

VA 3D printing proves more useful for shoulder-surgery planning than current visualization methods - WASHINGTON — In keeping with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to improve health care services for Veterans, Baltimore VA Medical Center (VAMC) doctors recently demonstrated how 3D printing at VA is more useful for orthopedic surgeons in planning shoulder replacement surgery than current approaches. (3/26/19)

VA offers $15 million in grant funding to support adaptive sports for disabled Veterans - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the availability of up to approximately $15 million in grants for community organizations that provide adaptive sports, including therapeutic recreational opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the armed forces.  (3/26/19)

VA partners with Objective Zero Foundation - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently partnered with the nonprofit Objective Zero Foundation to aid in connecting Veterans with suicide prevention support and resources.  (3/25/19)

VA and National Multiple Sclerosis Society join forces to enhance health care services for Veterans - WASHINGTON — As part of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) efforts to advance and improve the lives of Veterans living with multiple sclerosis (MS), the department announced its recent partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  (3/25/19)

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