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News Releases

 VA assembles Sexual Assault and Harassment Prevention Workgroup - The Department of Veterans Affairs names members to the Sexual Assault and Harassment Prevention Workgroup who will begin serving their one-year appointment this September. (9/9/21)

 VA annual report shows decrease in Veteran suicides - New data included in the Department of Veterans Affairs 2021 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report notably shows a decrease from 2018 to 2019 in the total number of Veteran suicide deaths, and a decrease in the rate of Veteran suicides per 100,000. (9/8/21)

 VA enhances geriatric emergency care for older Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a Geriatric Emergency Department initiative within all of VA’s 18 Veterans Integrated Service Networks through a standardized, comprehensive care model, becoming the nation’s largest integrated health network with specialized geriatric emergency care. (9/8/21)

 VA honors lives lost, American heroism on 20th anniversary of 9/11 - In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the U.S., the Department of Veterans Affairs will host several tributes throughout its enterprise to recognize loved ones lost, loved ones injured and those forever changed by the tragic events.  (9/7/21)

 ‘Reach Out’ campaign highlights programs and assistance for Veterans during Suicide Prevention Month - In conjunction with Suicide Prevention Month this September, the Department of Veterans Affairs is launching Reach Out, a new campaign that raises awareness of its mental health resources available for Veterans. (9/2/21)

VA expands rental support, increasing housing options for Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded the Shallow Subsidy initiative and will grant $200 million to 238 nonprofit organizations across the country and territories to provide housing rental assistance to extremely and very low-income Veteran households eligible under VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. (8/25/21)

VA grants improve transitional housing, prevent Veteran homelessness - The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin awarding $116.4 million in grants Sept. 30 to more than 200 community organizations under VA’s Grant and Per Diem program.  (8/24/21)

VA spotlights special benefits for elderly wartime Veteran population - As a follow up to National Financial Awareness Day, August 14, the Department of Veterans Affairs is launching an awareness campaign to inform elderly wartime Veterans and their families of their lesser-known pension, funeral, burial and survivor benefits. (8/17/21)

100 plus VA medical centers implement electronic solution to streamline research - The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Research and Development transitioned all its research sites nationwide and its Central Institutional Review Board, June 30, to the IRBNet platform that will streamline research on behalf of Veterans. (8/16/21)

VA ensures access to health care as 9/11 anniversary nears - As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the Department of Veterans Affairs is providing those who served awareness of and access to all their health care services, specifically in areas of mental health and post-traumatic stress care. (8/12/21)

VA expands mandate for COVID-19 vaccines among VHA employees - Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough will expand his previous COVID-19 vaccine mandate Friday, Aug. 13, to apply to most Veterans Health Administration employees and volunteers and contractors who work in VHA facilities, visit VHA facilities or otherwise come into contact with VA patients and healthcare workers as part of their duties. (8/12/21)

Annual eye exams essential to Veterans’ vision and eye health - August is National Eye-Exam Month and the Department of Veterans Affairs encourages all Veterans and their family members to schedule their annual appointments. (8/10/21)

VA Secretary appoints new Veterans Law Judges to adjudicate more appeals for Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Board of Veterans’ Appeals appointed 20 new Veterans Law Judges to deliver more Veterans appeals decisions — bringing the total to 113 VLJs.  (8/9/21)

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)


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