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News Releases

 39th National Veterans Wheelchair Games Showcases Veteran Athletic Spirit - More than 600 military Veterans from across the country, Puerto Rico and Great Britain are in Louisville, Kentucky this week to compete in the 39th National Veterans Wheelchair Games (Wheelchair Games) being held July 11-16.  (7/12/19)

VA’s VetSuccess on Campus Program marks 10th anniversary - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Service in June celebrated a decade of the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) Program, which supports service members, Veterans and eligible dependents as they complete their education and obtain viable careers. (7/9/19)

VA extends Agent Orange presumption to ‘Blue Water Navy’ Veterans: Eligible Veterans may now be entitled to disability compensation benefits - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing to process Agent Orange exposure claims for “Blue Water Navy” Veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975. (7/5/19)

VA overhauls religious and spiritual symbol policies to protect religious liberty - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently revised its directives permitting religious literature, symbols and displays at VA facilities to protect religious liberty for Veterans and families while ensuring inclusivity and nondiscrimination. (7/3/19)

VA-Verizon partnership offers unlimited access to department’s video telehealth service - As a result of a partnership with Verizon, Veterans who are customers of the telecommunications company, as of June 27, will have unlimited access to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) VA Video Connect telehealth app.  (6/27/19)

VA partnership with Corporation for National Community Service supports older Veterans and their caregivers - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently began partnering with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to engage Senior Corps volunteers in support of VA’s Choose Home Initiative, enabling older Veterans to receive needed homemaker and daily living support in their homes, rather than move into health care institutions.  (6/26/19)

VA’s Veterans Crisis Line setting gold standard in call-response rate - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ recent release of the 2018 data for the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) confirms the call center continues to outpace last year’s metrics by providing faster, more effective assistance to Veterans and their loved ones. (6/25/19)

VA to reduce rates for Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance - On July 1, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will reduce Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) monthly premium rates from 7 cents per $1,000 to 6 cents per $1,000 of insurance, along with Family SGLI Program (FSGLI) premium rates for spousal coverage at all age brackets.  (6/25/19)

VA Secretary: One-Sided Hearing Puts HVAC Bipartisanship at Risk - Today, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie released a letter he wrote to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano regarding the committee’s decision to exclude VA from testifying before the committee during a hearing on the department’s handling of whistleblower complaints. (6/25/19)

New research affirms critical need for caregivers in Veteran care - New research published in the June 2019 edition of the journal Health Affairs shows the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation are working collectively to better integrate caregivers into a Veteran’s health care treatment. (6/17/19)

VA and White House launch Veteran suicide-prevention task force - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and White House initiative to curb Veteran suicide, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Joe Grogan will launch a cabinet-level task force June 17 to develop a national roadmap. (6/17/19)

2 VA employees selected for George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program - Two U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) personnel will be among 43 chosen scholars gathered in Dallas for the 2019 George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program aimed at individuals serving Veterans and those motivated to grow their skillsets, knowledge and influence across the nation.  (6/17/19)

VA exceeds hiring goal of mental health providers by the thousands - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently surpassed its original goal to hire mental health providers by more than 1,000, through the Mental Health Hiring Initiative, which aims to achieve higher standards of access and quality care. (6/14/19)

VA’s Vet Centers to host open houses to celebrate initiative’s 40th anniversary - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host open houses during the month of June to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its Vet Centers, which provide readjustment counseling for eligible Veterans, service members and their families. (6/13/19)

VA receives awards for innovation in health IT - For the second year, nine U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs were recognized for innovations in federal health technology during an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. (6/12/19)

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