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 VA national cemeteries welcome nonprofit volunteers providing tree-and landscape-care services - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that its National Cemetery Administration is partnering with more than 2,000 green-industry professionals across the country Sept. 19 to host “Saluting Branches: Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance,” an opportunity for tree-care professionals to help maintain and beautify VA cemeteries.  (9/18/18)

 VA SAIL report scorecard shows majority of VA medical centers have improved over past year in quality of services provided to Veterans - WASHINGTON — Using a web-based report scorecard that measures, evaluates and benchmarks quality and efficiency at its medical centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released data that showed significant improvements at the majority of its health care facilities.  (9/18/18)

 VA achieves historic goal by delivering 81,000 appeals decisions to Veterans in fiscal 2018 - WASHINGTON — On Sept. 14, two weeks ahead of schedule, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) exceeded its goal to deliver 81,000 appeals decisions of disability benefits and services to Veterans in fiscal year 2018 — 28,000 more decisions than the previous year.  (9/18/18)

  President signs bill into law requiring VA to hire 50 outreach specialists to support Veterans involved in justice system - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is ready to hire an additional 50 Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists following President Trump’s signing today of the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018, a new law shoring up support services to Veterans impacted by the justice system. (9/17/18)

 Veterans gather in San Diego for VA’s 11th annual Summer Sports Clinic - WASHINGTON — About 120 Veterans from across the country were expected to participate in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) 11th National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in Southern California, which began Sept. 16. (9/17/18)

 VA implements new fiduciary regulations - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently updated regulations related to how it governs the oversight of beneficiaries, who, because of injury, disease, or age, are unable to manage their VA benefits, and the appointment and oversight of fiduciaries for these vulnerable beneficiaries. (9/12/18)

 VA marks Suicide Prevention Month in September with ‘Be There’ campaign: Initiative urges communities to support at-risk Veterans through simple actions - WASHINGTON — To mark Suicide Prevention Month this September, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is shining a light on effective ways to prevent Veteran suicide with its Be There campaign. (9/10/18)

VA to fund first national center of excellence for Veteran and caregiver research - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will fund a new center of excellence to expand the department’s capacity to deliver innovative, data-driven and integrated approaches to improve services for Veterans and their caregivers. (9/7/18)

VA releases data on vacancies as required under MISSION Act - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its figures on employment vacancies as of June 30, as mandated each quarter under the recently passed MISSION Act.  (8/31/18)

VA announces upcoming awards of nearly $326M in grants to help at-risk Veterans and family members - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that thousands of low-income Veteran families around the nation will continue to receive benefits under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.  (8/31/18)

VA General Counsel Jim Byrne named VA Acting Deputy Secretary - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that its General Counsel, Jim Byrne, has been named Acting Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs effective Aug. 28. (8/30/18)

VA announces $200M in funding for Grant and Per Diem Program to support homeless Veterans programs nationwide - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it plans to provide approximately $200 million in fiscal year 2019 funding to support more than 13,000 transitional housing beds for its Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program. (8/30/18)

VA expands Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program to improve service to Veterans: Hiring effort underway to reduce counselor-to-caseload ratio - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) recently began the process of reducing the average counselor-to-caseload ratio, to one to 125 or below, through the hiring of 172 vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRCs).  (8/29/18)

Secretary Wilkie Statement on the Passing of Senator John McCain - On behalf our nation’s Veterans, we are all saddened by the passing of one of America’s great warriors. Senator John McCain’s life of courage and sacrifice continued a legacy of selfless service begun by his family over one hundred years ago. (8/25/18)

Appeals Modernization: VA’s Progress One Year Since Enactment of the Historic Law - Today marks one year since President Donald J. Trump signed into law one of the most significant statutory changes in decades to affect the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Veterans it serves. The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (Appeals Modernization Act) was signed Aug. 23, 2017, aimed at transforming a complex, frustrating appeals process into one that is simple, timely and transparent.  (8/23/18)

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