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 VA Provides Reorganization Plan to Strengthen and Modernize Department - WASHINGTON — Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced specific recommendations in the President’s “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century” - Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations.”  (6/21/18)

 VA Showcases New Medical Advancements in Veteran Care on Capitol Hill - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Office of Research and Development hosted a Research Fair at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill to share new medical advancements in improving health care and quality of life for Veterans across the nation.  (6/19/18)

 VA Releases National Suicide Data Report - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  (6/18/18)

 VA Issues New Policy to Protect Veteran Homeowners from Predatory Lending - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a new policy implementing the May 2018 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, to protect Veteran homeowners from predatory lending practices when obtaining a VA-guaranteed refinance loan.  (6/15/18)

 VA Extends Record of Transparency with First-Ever Posting of Annual Nursing Home Ratings - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) extended its unprecedented 18-month record of transparency disclosures by making public for the first time its annual nursing home ratings. The data show that, overall, VA’s nursing home system – composed of more than 130 community living centers – compares closely with private sector nursing homes, even though the department on average cares for sicker patients in its nursing homes than do private facilities.  (6/12/18)

 VA and PsychArmor Institute Offer Online Suicide Prevention Training - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with PsychArmor Institute, a national nonprofit that provides online education and support to Americans who work with, live with or care for military service members, Veterans and their families, recently launched an online suicide-prevention training video, titled “SAVE,” which is designed to equip anyone who interacts with Veterans to demonstrate care, support and compassion when talking with a Veteran who could be at risk for suicide.  (6/12/18)

 VA’s Veterans Crisis Line Improves Service With Third Call Center Opening in Topeka, Kansas - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has opened its third Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) call center in Topeka, Kansas on the campus of the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center.  (6/8/18)

VA Commits $17 Million to Expand Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program - WASHINGTON — The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking action to address Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) by earmarking $17 million in funds to support Veterans in need.  (6/7/18)

Statement by Acting VA Secretary Peter O’Rourke – President Trump signs historic MISSION Act - Today President Trump kept his promise to our Nation’s Veterans and signed the historic VA MISSION Act into law. His leadership today in the Rose Garden is testament to his commitment to Veterans, caregivers, and their families. (6/6/18)

VA Leaders and Team Named as Finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals - WASHINGTON — Two employees and a team from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were recently honored as finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, or Sammies, by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, which recognizes the accomplishments of federal civil servants.  (6/5/18)

VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals resolves record number of claims to date for FY 2018 - Underscoring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) pledge to reduce the wait time for those appealing disability benefits claims, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, as of May 27, has signed more than 53,650 decisions to date in fiscal year (FY) 2018, which is approximately 86 percent more than the 28,839 decisions signed through the same period last year. (6/4/18)

Focused on Patient Safety, VA to Host Summit Launching a National Registry for Medical Implant Devices - In collaboration with three federal agencies and several academic leaders, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a national summit June 4 in Washington, D.C., focused on launching the nation’s largest health-system, medical-implant tracking program. (6/1/18)

President Trump’s Executive Order Supporting Mental Health Care for Transitioning Service Members Now Underway - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the White House has approved an interagency plan to implement President Trump’s executive order supporting Veterans with mental health care and suicide-prevention resources during their transition from uniformed service to civilian life.  (5/31/18)

VA Recognizes Mental Health Month With Video Campaign Focused on How Treatment Can Transform Lives - WASHINGTON — In recognition of Mental Health Month this May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) emphasized the positive impact of mental health treatment through a video campaign spotlighting hundreds of Veterans who have stepped forward to combat the stigma around mental health that is still deeply entrenched in American culture.  (5/31/18)

VA Announces New Acting Secretary, Retirement of Deputy Secretary - Today, the White House named Peter O’Rourke as Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. O’Rourke previously served as VA Chief of Staff. Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd will serve as VA Acting Chief of Staff while Mr. O’Rourke serves as Acting Secretary. She previously was VA Deputy Chief of Staff. In addition, VA Deputy Secretary Thomas G. Bowman is re-entering retirement effective June 15, 2018.  (5/30/18)


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