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 VA launches National Artificial Intelligence Institute - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the National Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAII) for advancing the health and well-being of Veterans, as part of the commemoration of National Veterans and Military Families Month in November. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the National Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAII) for advancing the health and well-being of Veterans, as part of the commemoration of National Veterans and Military Families Month in November. (12/5/19)

 VA inspires communities to support hospitalized Veterans throughout the holidays - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging community members, individuals, businesses and organizations to help support hospitalized Veterans nationwide by turning good intentions into action on this International Volunteer Day Dec. 5. (12/5/19)

 VA launches Solid Start to ensure Veterans are contacted during initial transition - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, Dec. 2, introduced VA Solid Start which will proactively contact all newly separated service members at least three times during their first year of transition from the military. (12/4/19)

 VA gives thanks for Whole Health peer facilitators - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has designated Nov. 25, as National Whole Health Peer Facilitator Recognition Day as part of Veterans Month. (11/25/19)

 VA reports significant increase in Veteran use of telehealth services - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) found more than 900,000 Veterans used VA telehealth services in fiscal year 2019 (FY) as revealed in a mid-October report.  (11/22/19)

Wilkie Praises HVAC Leaders’ End-of-Year Suicide Prevention Goal - VA Secretary Robert Wilkie praised members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today for setting the goal of getting important Veterans suicide prevention legislation passed before the end of the year. (11/20/19)

VA renews partnership with Y-USA to expand whole-health services to Veteran communities - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently renewed a nationwide partnership with Y-USA that focuses on whole health to enhance services available that promote the health and well-being of Veterans, their families and caregivers. (11/15/19)

VA announces limits on taxpayer-funded union time, tells unions to pay their fair share for office space, equipment - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that unions will be required to vacate or pay rent for the use of VA office space and equipment that they previously used for free. Further, VA employees who serve as union representatives are now expected to spend at least 75 percent of their paid time performing VA business or necessary training in most circumstances. (11/15/19)

VA uses innovative means to help reduce diabetic limb loss - November is National Diabetes Month and as part of broader efforts by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to confront diabetes, Dec. 1, VA will begin regional implementation of the Podimetrics Mat, a new medical device that has the potential to prevent limb loss in Veterans with diabetes.  (11/15/19)

VA’s version of ‘Shark Tank’ awards grassroots health care innovations - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to promote grassroots innovations throughout its health care system, the agency recently crowned winners from the Veterans Heath Administration (VHA) Innovation Ecosystem’s "Shark Tank" competition during the Oct. 23, VHA Innovation Experience (iEx) event. (11/13/19)

News from the Department of Defense - The Department of Defense is expanding commissary, military exchange, and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) retail privileges on U.S. military installations as specified in the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, included in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. (11/13/19)

VA and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation launch effort to prioritize mental health and emotional wellbeing in America’s workplace - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary’s Center for Strategic Partnerships and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today, pledged to support the mental health and welfare of the country’s workforce. (11/13/19)

VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration makes strides during 2019 fourth quarter - The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) delivered performance improvements made for the fourth quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2019 during a late October live webcast. (11/12/19)

VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals named finalist for Military Spouse Employment Award - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) was named a finalist Oct. 30, for the 9th Annual U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes awards and is a contender for the Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring Award.  (11/8/19)

VA Center for Women Veterans celebrates 25th anniversary - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Center for Women Veterans (Center) commemorated 25 years of providing dedicated advocacy for America’s women Veterans Nov. 7, at VA headquarters in Washington, D.C. (11/8/19)


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