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 VA wait times for new appointments equal to or better than those in private sector: JAMA study compared four VA specialty care services with private care - WASHINGTON — A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows VA significantly reduced wait times for Veteran patients in primary care and three specialty care services between 2014 and 2017. (1/18/19)

 VA to implement appeals modernization in February: Act will simplify process for how Veterans make claims appeals - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) announced that the Federal Register will publish on Jan. 18 regulations accompanying the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA), which will help Veterans experience a more transparent claims decision-review process. (1/17/19)

 VA partners with DHS to expand Veteran suicide prevention efforts - WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced its partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to bolster Veteran suicide prevention initiatives. (1/17/19)

 VA Partners with CaringBridge - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has partnered with CaringBridge, a global nonprofit social network, to aid in Veterans’ connection and communication with their support communities.  (1/17/19)

 VA continues expansion of integrated network system to enable health care staff to share best practice uses of department’s 3D printing capabilities - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it continues to expand its national integrated virtual 3D printing network that began January 2017 at VA’s Puget Sound Healthcare System, growing it from just three hospitals with 3D printing capabilities in early 2017 to 20 at the close of 2018. (1/17/19)

 VA, Health and Human Services announce Governor's Challenge to Prevent Suicide - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will convene for the inaugural Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF) on Feb. 6, in Washington, D.C. (1/17/19)

 Sec. Wilkie to Govt. Union: Stop Exploiting Veteran Suicide - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a letter from Secretary Robert Wilkie to American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox (1/14/19)

 OP-ED: The VA is making real progress on suicide prevention for Veterans - The department is making great strides in our top clinical priority --suicide prevention -- and in improving mental health care for Veterans (1/14/19)

VA announces new director of the Office of Transition and Economic Development - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the appointment of Cheryl J. Rawls to serve as the executive director of the Office of Transition and Economic Development  (12/31/18)

VA awards Community Care Network contracts to increase health care access - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded contracts Dec. 28 to manage provider networks for Regions 1, 2 and 3 of VA’s new Community Care Network (CCN), the department’s direct link with community providers that will ensure VA provides the right care at the right time to Veterans.  (12/28/18)

VA partners with The Independence Fund to help prevent Veteran suicide - WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its partnership with The Independence Fund to provide wellness and mental health education to Veterans, caregivers and families. (12/28/18)

Registration opens for 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Veterans interested in registering for the 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games can do so online Jan. 7 through April 15.  (12/28/18)

Little Rock, Arkansas, becomes latest community to declare effective end to Veteran homelessness - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the recent effective end of Veteran homelessness in the municipality of Little Rock, Arkansas, bringing the U.S. another step closer to ending Veteran homelessness nationwide. (12/28/18)

VA and the American Physical Therapy Association form partnership to support Veterans’ health - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it recently established a partnership with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to promote and support Veterans by providing new physical therapy resources.  (12/28/18)

Secretary Wilkie: VA not affected in the event of partial government shutdown - WASHINGTON – In light of the possibility of a partial federal government shutdown, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following statement: (12/21/18)


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