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 VA Announces Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (‘CARE’) Act: Replaces Current ‘30-day/40-mile’ System With Patient/Provider-centric Decision-making - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has presented the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees with the administration’s draft proposal of the Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act, designed to improve Veterans’ experiences with and access to health care, building on the best features of VA’s existing community care programs and strengthening VA’s ability to furnish care in its facilities. (10/16/17)

 VA, Ginnie Mae Create Task Force to Address Mortgage Refinancing Issues - WASHINGTON — Today, the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the formation of the Joint Ginnie Mae – VA Refinance Loan Task Force. (10/12/17)

 VA Commission Established to Recommend Under Secretary for Benefits -  (10/10/17)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Formation of New Veterans’ Family, Caregiver, and Survivor Advisory Committee; Names Senator Elizabeth Dole Chair - Committee to focus awareness and action on the needs of military families and caregivers, as well as the veterans they support  (10/2/17)

What They Are Saying Today About Secretary Shulkin's Travel Transparency - See what is being said about Secretary Shulkin's announcement that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking steps on transparency for his official travel. (9/29/17)

VA Expands Transparency Efforts, Detailing Secretary’s Travel: Becomes First Agency to Post Information on Secretary’s Official Travel, Use of Private and Government Aircraft - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking yet another step on transparency on its official actions, this time in the area of disclosing official travel by the Secretary. (9/29/17)

VA Awards $8M in Adaptive Sports Program Grants to Aid Disabled Veterans: Grants promote rehabilitation, health and wellness and community reintegration - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the awarding of up to $8 million in grants for adaptive sports programs that will benefit disabled Veterans as well as disabled members of the armed forces. (9/28/17)

VA Selects Providers for Dental Insurance Program - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has selected Delta Dental of California and MetLife to once again offer private dental insurance plans as part of the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP). (9/28/17)

VA Researcher to Receive Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Rory A. Cooper, founder and director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, a collaboration between the VA’s Pittsburgh Health Care System and the University of Pittsburgh, will receive a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal at a ceremony today in Washington, D.C. (9/27/17)

VA Providing Support to Veterans in Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands in Aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria - WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it continues to provide vital health care and other support to displaced Veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). (9/22/17)

VA Removing Employee Arrested for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is taking immediate steps to propose the termination of a Memphis VA Medical Center employee arrested over the weekend for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal impersonation of a police officer. (9/21/17)

VA Removes Former D.C. Medical Center Director: New Accountability Measures Used - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has fired former Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center Director Brian Hawkins for his failure to provide effective leadership to the D.C. Medical Center. (9/20/17)

VA Releases Veteran Suicide Statistics by State - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its analysis of Veteran suicide data for 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. (9/15/17)

Veterans with Disabilities Gear Up for Adventure at San Diego Summer Sports Clinic: National Adaptive Sports Event Marks 10th Year - WASHINGTON — Veterans from across the country are set to participate in the 10th National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic from Sept. 17-22 in San Diego, California. (9/15/17)

VA to make beds available where possible to non-Veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA is making beds available where possible to non-Veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma. (9/14/17)


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