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 VA responds with record number of Fourth Mission assignments to assist America during pandemic - WASHINGTON — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, since March 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs has completed 150 Fourth Mission assignments nationwide. (6/17/21)

 VA Secretary statement on Richard Stone, M.D. stepping down as Acting Under Secretary for Health - The contributions of Dr. Richard Stone, Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. to the country and Department of Veterans Affairs are immeasurable. I admire and rely on him a great deal and have been discussing this important assignment and his role with him for months. (6/10/21)

 VA, Salesforce join forces to help Veterans, their spouses develop skills needed in tech sector jobs - The Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with Salesforce Military to offer programs that will help Veterans and spouses develop skills and employment options in the tech-driven economy. (6/10/21)

 VA seeks increase in academic relationships with minority-serving institutions to expand health professions training - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hosted the 2021 Minority Summit: The Power of Collaborating with VA, June 9, to strengthen and expand its relationships with minority-serving colleges, universities and medical schools, and professional organizations. (6/9/21)

 Mobius delivers first of 50 IBots to VA to determine how machines may help Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs accepted a donation of 50 iBOT Personal Mobility Devices from Mobius Mobility LLC, May 27 to help Veterans with spinal cord injuries regain their autonomy. (6/8/21)

 VA’s Rapid Naloxone Initiative recognized in fight against opioid overdose deaths - A life-saving initiative developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs is recognized as the 2020 recipient of the John M. Eisenberg National Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality Award by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum.  (6/8/21)

VA schedules stakeholder listening sessions to guide future of VA health care - The Department of Veterans Affairs continues this June to seek feedback from Veterans and communities to help shape the future of VA health care policy. (6/1/21)

Statement by VA Secretary McDonough on President’s FY 2022 Budget - The Biden-Harris administration today submitted to Congress the president’s budget for fiscal year 2022. (5/28/21)

VA plans expansion of benefits for disability claims for conditions related to certain toxic exposures - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today two major decisions related to presumptive conditions associated with Agent Orange and particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia. (5/27/21)

VA expands COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents under SAVE LIVES Act - The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding COVID-19 vaccinations for some 12- to 17-year-olds as part of the SAVE LIVES Act.  (5/25/21)

VA national cemeteries plan mass flag placements, virtual Memorial Day events - Veterans Affairs national cemeteries will allow mass flag placements across the U.S. to commemorate Memorial Day. (5/24/21)

VA to readjudicate Veteran and survivor claims for possible herbicide exposure - Veterans who were previously denied service connection for an herbicide related presumptive condition due to lack of in-country Vietnam service will have their claims automatically readjudicated by VA. (5/14/21)

VA Secretary recognizes six nationwide for dedication, service to Veterans - Five nurses and a medical center director from across the Department of Veterans Affairs received top awards for their outstanding work advancing nursing programs. (5/12/21)

VA stands up commission to recommend new Under Secretary for Benefits - The Department of Veterans Affairs established a commission to identify candidates to lead and manage the Veterans Benefits Administration. (5/12/21)

VA releases report detailing efforts to address COVID-19 pandemic - The Department of Veterans Affairs published a second installment report identifying the department’s strategic response from July 1, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021, to address the COVID-19 pandemic. (5/11/21)

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