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News Releases

 VA, National Support Network teach Veterans how to fight cybercrime - The Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with the Cybercrime Support Network to protect Veterans who are disproportionately targeted for identity theft and other online scams. (9/28/21)

 VA request for information on proposed rule change published in Federal Register on character of discharge - The Department of Veterans Affairs is modifying benefit eligibility regulations for discharges considered “dishonorable” and seeks information to assist in crafting the new framework.  (9/27/21)

 VA stands ready to offer COVID-19 booster vaccines - The Department of Veterans Affairs has started administering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine boosters under Emergency Use Authorization. (9/24/21)

 VA makes strides to provide practical resources for transitioning service members - The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to ensure service members exiting the military have appropriate resources needed to transition back into civilian life.  (9/23/21)

 Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to provide an additional year for eligibility and reassessment of certain participants - The Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program is extending eligibility through Sept. 30, 2022 for Veterans who are legacy participants, legacy applicants and their family caregivers, participating in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. (9/22/21)

 Veterans experience adaptive sports and fitness instruction at National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic - The Department of Veterans Affairs modifies its National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic to offer more opportunities for Veterans to participate virtually and in select cities across the nation. (9/16/21)

 VA VETSmile pilot program to improve affordable dental care access for Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new initiative with community dental care providers to help improve dental care access for Veterans enrolled in VA health care who are currently ineligible for VA dental services.  (9/16/21)

VA assembles Sexual Assault and Harassment Prevention Workgroup - The Department of Veterans Affairs names members to the Sexual Assault and Harassment Prevention Workgroup who will begin serving their one-year appointment this September. (9/9/21)

VA annual report shows decrease in Veteran suicides - New data included in the Department of Veterans Affairs 2021 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report notably shows a decrease from 2018 to 2019 in the total number of Veteran suicide deaths, and a decrease in the rate of Veteran suicides per 100,000. (9/8/21)

VA enhances geriatric emergency care for older Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a Geriatric Emergency Department initiative within all of VA’s 18 Veterans Integrated Service Networks through a standardized, comprehensive care model, becoming the nation’s largest integrated health network with specialized geriatric emergency care. (9/8/21)

VA honors lives lost, American heroism on 20th anniversary of 9/11 - In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the U.S., the Department of Veterans Affairs will host several tributes throughout its enterprise to recognize loved ones lost, loved ones injured and those forever changed by the tragic events.  (9/7/21)

‘Reach Out’ campaign highlights programs and assistance for Veterans during Suicide Prevention Month - In conjunction with Suicide Prevention Month this September, the Department of Veterans Affairs is launching Reach Out, a new campaign that raises awareness of its mental health resources available for Veterans. (9/2/21)

VA expands rental support, increasing housing options for Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded the Shallow Subsidy initiative and will grant $200 million to 238 nonprofit organizations across the country and territories to provide housing rental assistance to extremely and very low-income Veteran households eligible under VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. (8/25/21)

VA grants improve transitional housing, prevent Veteran homelessness - The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin awarding $116.4 million in grants Sept. 30 to more than 200 community organizations under VA’s Grant and Per Diem program.  (8/24/21)

VA spotlights special benefits for elderly wartime Veteran population - As a follow up to National Financial Awareness Day, August 14, the Department of Veterans Affairs is launching an awareness campaign to inform elderly wartime Veterans and their families of their lesser-known pension, funeral, burial and survivor benefits. (8/17/21)


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