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 VA launches community-focused public health model to prevent Veteran suicide - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP) and VA Midwest Health Care Network (Veterans Integrated Service Network [VISN] 23) has been working with academic researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) to spearhead a community-based program as one of many efforts aimed at lowering the rate of Veteran suicide.  (5/16/19)

 VA’s national cemeteries to host Memorial Day ceremonies - The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) will host Memorial Day ceremonies from May 25 to May 27 to commemorate the nation’s fallen service members. (5/15/19)

 VA’s Home Loan Guaranty program notifies Veterans of potential loan fee waivers - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced May 13 that Veterans who qualify for a VA Home Loan funding fee waiver are now being notified in their home loan eligibility certificate and disability compensation award letter.  (5/13/19)

 VA’s voluntary research genetics program reaches major milestone with 750,000 Veteran partners - In its journey to improve the lives of Veterans through health care research and innovation, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently reached a major milestone with enrollment of its 750,000th Veteran partner in the Million Veteran Program (MVP) — a national, voluntary research initiative that helps VA study how genes affect the health of Veterans. (5/13/19)

 VA and Virta Health partner in innovative approach to diabetes care - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a partnership on May 13 with Virta Health to explore an innovative program focused on improving the health of persons with type 2 diabetes. (5/13/19)

 VA senior official, nine other employees win federal government awards - Lauding their transformative efforts, the White House recently selected a senior official from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its Gears of Government President’s Award and nine VA individuals and teams for Gears of Government Agency Awards. (5/10/19)

 Five VA employees named as finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals - Five employees from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were recently announced as finalists for the annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, or Sammies, and will be recognized May 9 during a breakfast on Capitol Hill, as part of Public Service Recognition Week. (5/9/19)

 VA celebrates ‘Science of Hope’ during National Research Week - In celebration of important medical research conducted by the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), VA medical centers (VAMCs) nationwide will showcase innovative solutions that VA scientists are developing and bringing into clinical practice with help of university partners and other public and private institutions during VA Research Week, May 13-17.  (5/7/19)

VA joins local officials in celebrating effective end of Veteran homelessness in Lexington, Kentucky - WASHINGTON — Officials from the departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) joined the mayor and representatives of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Continuum of Care (CoC) on April 25 to celebrate the effective end of Veteran homelessness in Lexington, Kentucky.  (5/3/19)

Top VA official honored for contributions to women's health - WASHINGTON — The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) recognized a senior official from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) during a ceremony May 1 in Washington, D.C., for her contributions to improving women's health research.  (5/3/19)

VA proposes new AFGE collective bargaining agreement - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) presented its proposals to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). AFGE represents over 250,000 federal employees within VA. (5/2/19)

VA recognizes elementary school students for role in ending Veteran homelessness - In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) community partnership efforts to combat Veteran homelessness, VA recently recognized Henry Zarrow International School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for winning the 2018 End Veteran Homelessness Challenge. (5/2/19)

VA launches digital campaign encouraging mental health conversations - In recognition of Mental Health Month in May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching “The Moment When” campaign, a nationwide effort starting May 1 that will feature Veterans’ personal experiences with mental health treatment and recovery.  (5/1/19)

VA and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services join to strengthen safety surveillance for medications issued to Veterans - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced an agreement that greatly improves drug safety monitoring of prescriptions, including opioids (4/30/19)

VA celebrates Women’s Health Week with events at medical centers - In celebration of National Women’s Health Week, May 12-18, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers (VAMCs) across the country will host events to support women Veterans and connect them with VA’s health care services. (4/30/19)

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