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 VA offers more than $11M in grant funding to provide legal services for homeless Veterans - As a part of ongoing efforts to end Veteran homelessness, the Department of Veterans Affairs published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for more than $11 million in legal services grants for Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness. (10/5/22)

 VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers expands to Veterans of all eras - WASHINGTON — Today, VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers is expanding to include eligible Veterans and family caregivers of all eras. (10/1/22)

 VA offers benefit debt relief to Veterans affected by recent hurricanes - The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a suspension of debt repayments for Veterans and family members affected by Hurricane Fiona or Hurricane Ian. (9/30/22)

 VA opens health care eligibility for Vietnam, Gulf War, post-9/11 Veterans under PACT Act - On October 1, The Department of Veterans Affairs will expand and extend eligibility for VA health care for certain Veterans of the Gulf Wars and post-9/11 era. (9/28/22)

 VA, FDA work together to accelerate medical device innovation, advance care for all Americans - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Food and Drug Administration announced a collaboration that aims to accelerate the time it takes for medical innovations to reach Veterans and non-Veterans alike. (9/28/22)

 Verification of Veteran-owned small businesses will transfer from VA to SBA - Effective Jan. 1, 2023, all responsibilities for the verification of Veteran-owned small businesses will transfer from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the Small Business Administration. (9/23/22)

VA announces state partnerships to provide voter registration assistance to Veterans - On National Voter Registration Day, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced partnerships with the states of Michigan, Kentucky and Pennsylvania to create a pilot voter registration program that provides voter registration information, materials and — if requested — assistance to Veterans, eligible dependents and caregivers at select VA facilities across the country. (9/20/22)

VA releases report showing decrease in Veteran Suicides, names suicide prevention grantees and finalists - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs released the 2022 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report, which shows that Veteran suicides decreased in 2020 for the second year in a row, and that fewer Veterans died by suicide in 2020 than in any year since 2006.  (9/19/22)

VA to Extend Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers eligibility for “legacy” Veterans and their family caregivers - Yesterday, the Department of Veterans Affairs submitted to the Federal Register an interim final rule that will extend Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers eligibility for certain Veterans and their family caregivers through Sept. 30, 2025.  (9/15/22)

VA awards more than $130M in new grant funding to help homeless Veterans and their family members find stable housing - On Sept. 13, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it awarded $137 million in grants through VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program to help Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and their families. (9/13/22)

VA will offer abortion counseling and — in certain cases — abortions to pregnant Veterans and VA beneficiaries - Last night, the Department of Veterans Affairs submitted to the Federal Register an interim final rule that will allow VA to provide access to abortion counseling and — in certain cases — abortions to pregnant Veterans and VA beneficiaries. Specifically, VA will provide access to abortions when the life or health of the pregnant Veteran would be endangered if the pregnancy were carried to term, or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. VA beneficiaries enrolled in CHAMPVA will also have access to this care. (9/2/22)

VA national cemeteries call on volunteers to participate in National Day of Service - VA national cemeteries are looking for volunteers to participate in the Sept. 9 National Day of Service to honor those who served in the nation’s armed forces in the 21 years since 9/11. (8/31/22)

VA releases whole health approach to Long COVID - This month, the Department of Veterans Affairs published “Whole Heath System Approach to Long COVID” — a guidebook for caring for Veterans with Long COVID. (8/30/22)

VA extends temporary hardship suspension for benefit debts - The Department of Veterans Affairs is extending our financial hardship suspension on benefit debts, meaning that Veterans who request assistance will not have to pay benefit debts until Dec. 31. (8/29/22)

Statement by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough - Statement by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough (8/12/22)


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