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 VA clinical breakthrough study shows effective male UTI treatments in just seven days - Treatment time for men with urinary tract infections could be cut in half. The Department of Veterans Affairs published a study in the July 27 edition of the Journal of American Medical Association showing this clinical breakthrough could provide a standard on how male urinary tract infections are treated.  (8/3/21)

 VA to start processing disability claims for certain conditions related to particulate matter - The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin processing disability claims Aug. 2 for asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis on a presumptive basis based on presumed particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas — if these conditions manifested within 10 years of a qualifying period of military service. (8/2/21)

 VA brings more appointees aboard - The latest Biden-Harris administration appoints three more leaders to the Department of Veteran Affairs. (8/2/21)

 Secretaries of USDA, HUD, VA, Treasury, and FHFA Acting Director release joint statement on agency actions to prevent evictions - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction moratorium is in place until July 31st, but the Supreme Court’s ruling made clear that CDC cannot extend the moratorium past its current expiration date. (7/30/21)

 VA posts Under Secretary for Health job announcement - The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for qualified candidates to fill the position of Under Secretary for Health. (7/26/21)

 VA mandates COVID-19 vaccines among its medical employees including VHA facilities staff - July 26 Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough announced he will make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for Title 38 VA health care personnel — including physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants, expanded-function dental auxiliaries and chiropractors — who work in Veterans Health Administration facilities, visit VHA facilities or provide direct care to those VA serves. (7/26/21)

 VA announces new options to help Veterans avoid foreclosure - The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a new COVID-19 Refund Modification option to assist Veterans who require a significant reduction in their monthly mortgage payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (7/23/21)

 VA resetting relationship with labor unions - The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking steps to reestablish its relationship with bargaining unit employees effective July 20. (7/21/21)

 VA Deputy Secretary Donald Remy arrives - Former Army captain, attorney and athletic administrator Donald Remy was confirmed July 15 to serve as deputy secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs. (7/21/21)

'Women Veteran Boot Camp Accelerator' empowers entrepreneurs - The Department of Veterans Affairs and the PenFed Foundation brought together 80 women Veteran entrepreneurs for a six-month accelerator program, July 13 that would prepare them for sustainability and growth in federal and commercial marketplaces. (7/15/21)

Additional leadership appointees join VA - More Department of Veterans Affairs key appointments are filled. (7/12/21)

VA awards $418 million in grants to help Veterans and families at risk of homelessness - The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $418 million in grants to more than 260 non-profit organizations in June, allowing low-income Veteran families around the nation to access services under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. (7/6/21)

VA expands “PRIDE In All Who Served” program for LGBTQ+ Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs grows its PRIDE In All Who Served (PRIDE) program to include 10 additional VA locations across the country where classes are available. (6/29/21)

VA National Artificial Intelligence Institute award winners of AI Tech Sprint - Winners of the Department of Veterans Affairs 2020-2021 Artificial Intelligence Tech Sprint are six tech companies that created programs aimed at preventing Veteran suicide and improving their health care using the latest AI technology. (6/28/21)

VA improving Veterans’ health outcomes with first-rated digital solutions - The Department of Veterans Affairs was recognized June 22-23, for creating and managing health technology programs and platforms that increase healthy results for Veterans. (6/28/21)

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