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 VA reinstates in-person services at 100 hospitals across the country - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, as of mid-June, more than 100 VA medical facilities and medical centers (VAMCs) have reinstated at least one in-person service within their direct health care delivery system after certain services were temporarily on hold or reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (7/2/20)

 National Academies affirms scientific necessity of VA canine research - WASHINGTON – A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) study has affirmed the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) position that canine research is “scientifically necessary” for certain areas of research that benefit seriously disabled Veterans (7/1/20)

 VA launches COVID-19 screening tool - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the launching of a digital COVID-19 screening tool to streamline Veteran access to medical care during the coronavirus pandemic.  (6/29/20)

 VA rolls out simplified travel reimbursement system for Veterans, beneficiaries - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is rolling out a new system in July for Veterans and eligible beneficiaries to submit and track transportation reimbursement claims using VA’s secure web-based portal, Access VA. (6/29/20)

 VA receives funding from the US Postal Service for PTSD research - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, during national Post-traumatic Stress Awareness (PTSD) month, VA’s National Center for PTSD will fund more research about PTSD. This is thanks to the proceeds from the Healing PTSD semipostal stamp, which was issued in December  (6/26/20)

 VA supports 988 expansion for National Suicide Prevention Crisis Line and Veterans Crisis Line access - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today their support for the Suicide Prevention 988 expansion initiative, a new national three-digit emergency telephone number to access crisis call centers across the country for suicide prevention and mental health services, including the Veterans Crisis Line, by July 2022. (6/26/20)

 VA honored with ATA Champion Award for telehealth innovation - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the Veterans Health Administration has received the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) 2020 Champion Award for bringing health care access to Veterans when and where they need it.  (6/25/20)

 VA holds first virtual Women Veterans Forum - WASHINGTON – Acting Deputy Secretary Pamela Powers on Tuesday led VA’s first virtual Women Veterans Forum, which helped women Veterans from across the country learn about the care and services they can receive at VA, and how VA is changing to better serve the growing population of women Veterans.  (6/24/20)

 VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment service signals transformation through readiness - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) service announced today it’s changing its name to Veteran Readiness and Employment Service to better reflect the needs of Veterans.  (6/22/20)

Message from Secretary Wilkie: Juneteenth, 2020 - Only when the Civil War came to an end was Union Major General Gordon Granger, upon arriving in Galveston, able to inform all that slavery ended in Texas, which became the last area of the country to fully comprehend Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. (6/19/20)

John Deere donates thousands of face shields to VA hospitals to fight COVID-19 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today John Deere has shipped 134,600 face shields to 49 VA medical centers in 27 states at no cost in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (6/18/20)

President Trump releases PREVENTS roadmap, a nationwide plan for ending suicide among Veterans and all Americans - WASHINGTON – The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the release of the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS), an historic, nationwide plan to raise awareness about mental health, connect Veterans and others at risk of suicide to federal and local resources, and facilitate focused and coordinated research into suicide. (6/17/20)

VA reaches 1 million Veterans and family members through tele-town hall meetings - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has reached more than one million Veterans and family members through telephone town hall meetings held with states across the country. (6/17/20)

VA and GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer partner to improve outcomes for Veterans at risk of lung cancer - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has partnered with nonprofit GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer to increase awareness about lung screening options and improve outcomes for Veterans impacted by lung cancer. (6/16/20)

VA Video Connect visits increase 1000% during COVID-19 pandemic - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today telehealth video appointments using VA Video Connect increased from approximately 10,000 to 120,000 appointments a week between February and May of 2020. (6/12/20)


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