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 VA extends benefits to offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans January 1st - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) begins deciding Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 claims, Jan. 1, 2020, extending the presumption of herbicide exposure that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. (12/12/19)

 VA improves health care facility performance transparency - The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announced Dec. 11, key changes to increase transparency and ensure Veterans have the best information regarding the performance of VA health care facilities. (12/11/19)

 VA, Walmart open telehealth locations to serve Veterans in rural areas - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Walmart cut the ribbon in Asheboro, North Carolina, Dec. 10, for a new VA-led Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS) services pilot location. (12/10/19)

 VA recognized for health IT innovations directly impacting Veterans - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) makes an impact, driving change and advancement, in the federal health information technology market. (12/10/19)

 VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals plans virtual hearings in 2020 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) and Office of Information and Technology (OIT) are working towards nationwide availability of virtual hearings for Veterans next year, allowing access using their mobile phone or laptop via the VA Video Connect app. (12/9/19)

 VA web-based patient tool surpasses five million users - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accomplished a record landmark Oct. 15, when the agency registered more than 5 million users on My HealtheVet, which encourages Veterans to take control of their health. (12/9/19)

 VA continues record setting claims processing pace for 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) disability claims backlog reached its lowest point ever, Nov 23 from its previous record low achieved May 2018. (12/9/19)

 VA launches National Artificial Intelligence Institute - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the National Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAII) for advancing the health and well-being of Veterans, as part of the commemoration of National Veterans and Military Families Month in November. (12/5/19)

 VA inspires communities to support hospitalized Veterans throughout the holidays - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging community members, individuals, businesses and organizations to help support hospitalized Veterans nationwide by turning good intentions into action on this International Volunteer Day Dec. 5. (12/5/19)

 VA launches Solid Start to ensure Veterans are contacted during initial transition - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, Dec. 2, introduced VA Solid Start which will proactively contact all newly separated service members at least three times during their first year of transition from the military. (12/4/19)

VA gives thanks for Whole Health peer facilitators - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has designated Nov. 25, as National Whole Health Peer Facilitator Recognition Day as part of Veterans Month. (11/25/19)

VA reports significant increase in Veteran use of telehealth services - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) found more than 900,000 Veterans used VA telehealth services in fiscal year 2019 (FY) as revealed in a mid-October report.  (11/22/19)

Wilkie Praises HVAC Leaders’ End-of-Year Suicide Prevention Goal - VA Secretary Robert Wilkie praised members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today for setting the goal of getting important Veterans suicide prevention legislation passed before the end of the year. (11/20/19)

VA renews partnership with Y-USA to expand whole-health services to Veteran communities - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently renewed a nationwide partnership with Y-USA that focuses on whole health to enhance services available that promote the health and well-being of Veterans, their families and caregivers. (11/15/19)

VA announces limits on taxpayer-funded union time, tells unions to pay their fair share for office space, equipment - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that unions will be required to vacate or pay rent for the use of VA office space and equipment that they previously used for free. Further, VA employees who serve as union representatives are now expected to spend at least 75 percent of their paid time performing VA business or necessary training in most circumstances. (11/15/19)

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