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 VA extends presumptive period for Persian Gulf War Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs has extended the presumptive period to Dec. 31, 2026 for qualifying chronic disabilities rated 10% or more resulting from undiagnosed illnesses in Persian Gulf War Veterans to ensure benefits established by Congress are fairly administered. (10/27/21)

 VA expands offering of COVID-19 booster vaccines - The Department of Veterans Affairs is now offering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine booster shots under Emergency Use Authorization, expanding on last month’s authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech booster. (10/22/21)

 VA stands up commission to recommend new Veterans Health Administration Under Secretary - The Department of Veterans Affairs established a commission to identify candidates to lead and manage the Veterans Health Administration. (10/18/21)

 VA pushes for employment inclusivity during Compensated Work Therapy Vocational Rehabilitation Week - In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs is observing Compensated Work Therapy Vocational Rehabilitation Week, Oct. 17-21 at its facilities nationwide as part of its efforts to increase employment inclusivity and vocational rehabilitation services for Veterans with disabilities.  (10/18/21)

VA adopts new artificial intelligence strategy to ensure trustworthy use of technology for Veteran care - As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to explore the use of artificial intelligence in the delivery of health care and benefits, VA implemented a new AI strategy late September, to serve as a guideline for ethical use of the technology throughout its enterprise.  (10/14/21)

VA prepares to get ahead of surge in backlogged claims - Starting in October, the Department of Veterans Affairs will hire and train new staff to ensure Veterans’ claims are adjudicated quickly and help reduce an expected increase in the backlog of claims pending more than 125 days. (10/13/21)

VA improves quality of care for Veterans diagnosed with ALS - The Department of Veterans Affairs through a recent partnership is working to increase the number of clinics certified by the ALS Association as a Treatment Center of Excellence. (10/13/21)

VA Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs appointees - The Department of Veterans Affairs appointed its first-ever Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs Oct. 4. (10/7/21)

Millions in adaptive sports grants help disabled Veterans with rehabilitation goals - The Department of Veterans Affairs awards nearly $16 million through its annual Adaptive Sports Grant program to 102 national and community groups offering adaptive sports and equine therapy. (10/7/21)

PRESS STATEMENT: VA embarks on process to design new model to deliver seamless integrated care - Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said Oct. 5 the department will embark on designing a new integrated access and care coordination model to better deliver seamless care. (10/5/21)

Veterans Legacy Memorial expands to include VA-grant funded state, territorial and tribal Veterans cemeteries - The Department of Veterans Affairs expanded the Veterans Legacy Memorial site October 2021 to include individual pages for nearly 500,000 Veterans interred in 93 state, territorial and tribal Veterans cemeteries. (10/4/21)

PRESS STATEMENT: VA resumes overpayment notifications, medical copayment collections while continuing to offer Veterans expansive debt relief options - The Department of Veterans Affairs will resume over-payment notifications for new benefit debts and the debts deferred from April 6, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. (10/1/21)

VA, National Support Network teach Veterans how to fight cybercrime - The Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with the Cybercrime Support Network to protect Veterans who are disproportionately targeted for identity theft and other online scams. (9/28/21)

VA request for information on proposed rule change published in Federal Register on character of discharge - The Department of Veterans Affairs is modifying benefit eligibility regulations for discharges considered “dishonorable” and seeks information to assist in crafting the new framework.  (9/27/21)

VA stands ready to offer COVID-19 booster vaccines - The Department of Veterans Affairs has started administering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine boosters under Emergency Use Authorization. (9/24/21)


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