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 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)

 MSPB forces VA to take back fired official, VA exploring all options under new accountability authorities - On August 2, the Vice Chairman of the federal Merit Systems Protection Board ordered a stay of VA’s removal of the former director of the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center. MSPB’s stay order requires VA to return Brian Hawkins, fired on July 28, to work pending the Office of Special Counsel’s review of Hawkins’ claim that he was wrongly terminated. VA has complied with the order and returned Hawkins to the payroll, but to an administrative position at the VA headquarters in Washington rather than to a patient-care position at the VA Medical Center.  (8/9/17)

 VA Secretary Shulkin to keynote health-care and technology Demo Day at Georgetown University - VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin will be the featured speaker at VA’s annual health-care and technology Innovation Demo Day, to be held Aug. 8 at Georgetown University’s Lohrfink Auditorium. (8/7/17)

VA Extends Funding to Groups Impacted By Grant and Per Diem Program Changes - VA Secretary David J. Shulkin announced an extension of funding to organizations that applied for Fiscal Year 2018 grants under VA’s Homeless Providers’ Grant and Per Diem Program, but would be found ineligible due to new program guidelines. (8/4/17)

Statement by VA Secretary David J. Shulkin - Passage of the Forever GI Bill - Congress has spoken with a strong voice in support of our Veterans this afternoon. The Forever GI Bill expands the success our Veterans have had with the GI Bill providing opportunities that otherwise would not be possible (8/2/17)

Statement by VA Secretary David J. Shulkin - Congressional Approval of VA Choice Funding Legislation - Congress took an important step last night in helping the VA to continue to build an integrated system that allows Veterans to receive the best healthcare possible, whether from VA or the private sector. The $2.1B in Choice funding ensures there will be no disruptions to quality care for our Veterans.  (8/2/17)

VA Answers Governor Christie's Call on Opioid, Launches S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N Advices and Guidelines - When it comes to treating pain and substance abuse, the Department of Veterans Affairs is recognized by many as a leader in the pain management field and the responsible use of opioids across the VA healthcare system. (8/1/17)

VA Caregiver Support Program Resumes Full Operations -  (7/28/17)

Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin Statement on House Passage of S. 114, the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act -  (7/28/17)

Statement From Secretary Shulkin on Agreement Reached on Funding to Increase Veterans Access to Health Care and Strengthen VA Workforce - WASHINGTON — On behalf of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the nation’s Veterans, I want to commend the leadership of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees on their agreement on legislation that will greatly benefit Veterans. (7/26/17)

VA Announces Immediate Actions at Manchester VA Medical Center - WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin, M.D., announced actions the department is taking immediately to respond to whistleblower concerns at the Manchester, New Hampshire, VA Medical Center (VAMC) detailed in an article in today’s Boston Globe. (7/16/17)

Hundreds of Veterans to Participate in National Veterans Wheelchair Games - WASHINGTON — Nearly 600 of the country’s best wheelchair athletes are arriving in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the 37th National Veterans Wheelchair Games being held July 17-22. (7/14/17)

VA Honors Outstanding Achievements in Support of Homeless Veterans Programs - WASHINGTON — During several award ceremonies across the country in July, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will honor exemplary facilities, employees and civilian providers working to address Veteran homelessness. (7/12/17)

VA Expands Transparency, Accountability Efforts: Becomes First Agency to Post Information on Adverse Employee Actions, Requires Senior Official Sign-off on all Settlement Actions above $5,000 - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking a further step on transparency and accountability as a follow-on to the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act signed by the president less than two weeks ago. (7/7/17)

VA Secretary Shulkin unveils world’s most advanced commercial prosthesis - NEW YORK —Today, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin, M.D. unveiled the world’s most advanced commercial prosthetic — the Life Under Kinetic Evolution (LUKE) arm — during a visit to the VA New York Harbor Health Care System’s Manhattan campus. (6/30/17)

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