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News Releases

 VA Releases Veteran Suicide Statistics by State - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its analysis of Veteran suicide data for 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. (9/15/17)

 Veterans with Disabilities Gear Up for Adventure at San Diego Summer Sports Clinic: National Adaptive Sports Event Marks 10th Year - WASHINGTON — Veterans from across the country are set to participate in the 10th National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic from Sept. 17-22 in San Diego, California. (9/15/17)

 VA to make beds available where possible to non-Veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA is making beds available where possible to non-Veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma. (9/14/17)

 Veterans Crisis Line to Open Third Call Center in Topeka, Kansas - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is opening a Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) call center in Topeka, Kansas, the third such center nationwide, and expects to hire 100 employees to staff the center, located on the campus of VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. (9/13/17)

 VA Awards Grants to Help Homeless and At-risk Veterans and Families - WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has awarded $343 million in grants to 288 nonprofit organizations to help low-income Veterans and their families. (9/13/17)

 VA Awards $188 Million in Grant Funding to Help Homeless Veterans - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced $188 million in grants for two programs benefiting homeless Veterans.  (9/11/17)

 Veterans TEE Up in Iowa City: National Event Celebrates 24th Year of Golf Therapy, Rehabilitation - WASHINGTON — More than 260 Veterans with visual impairments, amputations and other physical or mental challenges will demonstrate their resilience as they participate in the 2017 National Disabled Veterans Training, Exposure and Experience (TEE) Golf Tournament, which will take place Sept. 11-15 near Iowa City, Iowa. (9/8/17)

 VA Unveils Claims Submission Option That Promises to Complete Claims within 30 Days - WASHINGTON — Today, as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) continued efforts to improve timeliness of services for Veterans and their families, VA unveiled the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) initiative, a disability claims submission option with accredited Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) that promises to deliver faster claims decisions to Veterans and their families. (9/7/17)

September Marks Suicide Prevention Month - The message from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the friends and families of Veterans during Suicide Prevention Month is simple: Be There.  (9/1/17)

VA to Increase Access to Safe and Effective Lung Screening Programs - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new partnership to increase access to lung screening for Veterans. (8/31/17)

VA to Revise State Veteran Home Construction Regulations - Today, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA plans to propose changes to regulations for its State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program to make it easier to for States to receive VA funding to construct Veterans homes in rural areas.  (8/21/17)

VA staffing new White House VA Hotline Principally with Veterans - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the two-month pilot phase of the new White House VA Hotline that began in June has demonstrated that Veterans calling the hotline respond best when their calls are answered by fellow Veterans and others with first-hand experience on their issues. (8/11/17)

MSPB forces VA to take back fired official, VA exploring all options under new accountability authorities - On August 2, the Vice Chairman of the federal Merit Systems Protection Board ordered a stay of VA’s removal of the former director of the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center. MSPB’s stay order requires VA to return Brian Hawkins, fired on July 28, to work pending the Office of Special Counsel’s review of Hawkins’ claim that he was wrongly terminated. VA has complied with the order and returned Hawkins to the payroll, but to an administrative position at the VA headquarters in Washington rather than to a patient-care position at the VA Medical Center.  (8/9/17)

VA Secretary Shulkin to keynote health-care and technology Demo Day at Georgetown University - VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin will be the featured speaker at VA’s annual health-care and technology Innovation Demo Day, to be held Aug. 8 at Georgetown University’s Lohrfink Auditorium. (8/7/17)

VA Extends Funding to Groups Impacted By Grant and Per Diem Program Changes - VA Secretary David J. Shulkin announced an extension of funding to organizations that applied for Fiscal Year 2018 grants under VA’s Homeless Providers’ Grant and Per Diem Program, but would be found ineligible due to new program guidelines. (8/4/17)

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