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 VA Providing Support to Veterans in Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands in Aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria - WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it continues to provide vital health care and other support to displaced Veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). (9/22/17)

 VA Removing Employee Arrested for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is taking immediate steps to propose the termination of a Memphis VA Medical Center employee arrested over the weekend for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal impersonation of a police officer. (9/21/17)

 VA Removes Former D.C. Medical Center Director: New Accountability Measures Used - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has fired former Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center Director Brian Hawkins for his failure to provide effective leadership to the D.C. Medical Center. (9/20/17)

 VA Releases Veteran Suicide Statistics by State - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its analysis of Veteran suicide data for 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. (9/15/17)

 Veterans with Disabilities Gear Up for Adventure at San Diego Summer Sports Clinic: National Adaptive Sports Event Marks 10th Year - WASHINGTON — Veterans from across the country are set to participate in the 10th National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic from Sept. 17-22 in San Diego, California. (9/15/17)

 VA to make beds available where possible to non-Veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA is making beds available where possible to non-Veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma. (9/14/17)

 Veterans Crisis Line to Open Third Call Center in Topeka, Kansas - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is opening a Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) call center in Topeka, Kansas, the third such center nationwide, and expects to hire 100 employees to staff the center, located on the campus of VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. (9/13/17)

 VA Awards Grants to Help Homeless and At-risk Veterans and Families - WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has awarded $343 million in grants to 288 nonprofit organizations to help low-income Veterans and their families. (9/13/17)

VA Awards $188 Million in Grant Funding to Help Homeless Veterans - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced $188 million in grants for two programs benefiting homeless Veterans.  (9/11/17)

Veterans TEE Up in Iowa City: National Event Celebrates 24th Year of Golf Therapy, Rehabilitation - WASHINGTON — More than 260 Veterans with visual impairments, amputations and other physical or mental challenges will demonstrate their resilience as they participate in the 2017 National Disabled Veterans Training, Exposure and Experience (TEE) Golf Tournament, which will take place Sept. 11-15 near Iowa City, Iowa. (9/8/17)

VA Unveils Claims Submission Option That Promises to Complete Claims within 30 Days - WASHINGTON — Today, as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) continued efforts to improve timeliness of services for Veterans and their families, VA unveiled the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) initiative, a disability claims submission option with accredited Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) that promises to deliver faster claims decisions to Veterans and their families. (9/7/17)

September Marks Suicide Prevention Month - The message from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the friends and families of Veterans during Suicide Prevention Month is simple: Be There.  (9/1/17)

VA to Increase Access to Safe and Effective Lung Screening Programs - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new partnership to increase access to lung screening for Veterans. (8/31/17)

VA to Revise State Veteran Home Construction Regulations - Today, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA plans to propose changes to regulations for its State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program to make it easier to for States to receive VA funding to construct Veterans homes in rural areas.  (8/21/17)

VA staffing new White House VA Hotline Principally with Veterans - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the two-month pilot phase of the new White House VA Hotline that began in June has demonstrated that Veterans calling the hotline respond best when their calls are answered by fellow Veterans and others with first-hand experience on their issues. (8/11/17)


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