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 VA returns medical professionals currently serving unions to serving Veterans - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will be moving nearly 430 medical professionals from taxpayer-funded union work back to health care jobs serving Veterans. (11/8/18)

 VA scientists elected as National Academy of Medicine members for outstanding professional achievement, commitment to service - WASHINGTON —Four senior U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers were recently elected as new members of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.  (11/7/18)

 VA accelerates pending Veterans benefits appeals claims for victims of Super Typhoon Yutu - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans (VA) announced that it is prioritizing Veterans benefits appeals claims, effective Nov. 1, for victims in the Northern Mariana Islands who have been impacted by Super Typhoon Yutu. (11/6/18)

 VA mobilizes federal agencies to offer free legal services to help Veterans - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) together with representatives from the departments of Labor, Justice, Defense, Homeland Security, the U.S. Navy and others, signed a joint statement aimed at improving access to free legal services for Veterans in need. (11/5/18)

 VA recognizes Vietnam Veteran with first Medal of Honor Medallion during ceremony at Mississippi cemetery - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnished the first Medal of Honor (MOH) Medallion for the private headstone of Pfc. Milton L. Olive III, a decorated Vietnam-era war hero, during a ceremony Nov. 1 at West Grove Cemetery in Lexington, Mississippi. (11/2/18)

 VA celebrates National Family Caregivers Month - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is commemorating National Family Caregivers Month this November by honoring the service of 5.5 million family members and friends who have dedicated their lives to providing much-needed care for chronically ill, injured or disabled Veterans. (11/1/18)

 Trump Administration announces decline in Veteran homelessness - WASHINGTON — Veteran homelessness in the U.S. continues to decline, according to a new national estimate announced today by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson. (11/1/18)

 VA celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018 with events honoring Veterans and their families - WASHINGTON — Yesterday evening President Donald J. Trump declared November 2018 the second annual National Veterans and Military Families Month to “salute the brave and dedicated patriots who have worn the uniform of the United States, and…celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and sacrifice make our military the finest in the world.” (11/1/18)

  VA amends regulations on VA pension and other needs-based programs - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently amended its regulations governing entitlements to VA pension and Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, which are need-based programs.  (10/30/18)

 VA prioritizing all pending Veterans benefits appeals claims for victims of hurricanes Florence and Michael - WASHINGTON — Veterans impacted by recent hurricanes Florence and Michael will now have their pending appeals claims for benefits prioritized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), department officials announced. (10/30/18)

VA joins Military Spouse Employment Partnership - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) announced it is advancing employment opportunities for military spouses by joining the Department of Defense (DOD) Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP). (10/29/18)

VA achieves major milestone in effort to modernize claims processing - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently completed a significant modernization effort in which more than 7.8 million paper files were removed from 60 locations in fewer than 22 months, enabling rapid scanning into VA’s electronic claims processing system by multiple third-party vendors. This will lead to faster claims decisions for Veterans. (10/23/18)

VA Debt Management Center reduces average wait times for Veterans contacting call center - WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Debt Management Center (DMC) reached a recent milestone this July when it reported it had lowered the average wait times for Veterans contacting the call center, from over 21 minutes in fiscal year (FY) 2016 to under five minutes during FY 2018. (10/23/18)

VA employee survey shows improving morale: Increase in workforce retention rates tied to uptick in job and VA satisfaction scores - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that results from a recent VA job satisfaction survey showed a general trend of improving employee morale. (10/18/18)

VA appoints new director for DC VA Medical Center - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it has appointed Michael S. Heimall, a former director at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to take on new duties as director of the Washington DC VA Medical Center (DCVAMC) on Oct. 14. (10/12/18)


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