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 VA breaks ground on American Indian Veterans Memorial at Riverside National Cemetery - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie today broke ground on the first American Indian Veterans Memorial at a VA national cemetery.  (9/25/20)

 VA completes transfer of U.S. Army cemeteries as part of government reform and reorganization effort - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today completed the consolidation of various Army post cemeteries, an action first outlined in the department’s June 2018 Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations.  (9/25/20)

 VA’s Home Loan Guaranty program provides regulatory relief in response to COVID-19 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that VA is allowing home mortgage loan deferments for Veterans who have experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 national emergency. (9/24/20)

 VA achieves historic milestone for issuing appeals decisions - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) reached a historic milestone, issuing more than 100,000 decisions this fiscal year (FY) 2020. (9/23/20)

 Statement by Secretary Robert L. Wilkie on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Today we mourn the passing of a trailblazer and lifelong advocate for women’s rights, Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (9/19/20)

 VA recognizes HeRO award winners for safety initiatives, COVID-19 efforts - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it honored Veterans Health Administration (VHA) National HeRO Award recipients for their contributions to VHA’s journey to becoming a high reliability organization (HRO). (9/18/20)

 VA offers debt relief to Veterans impacted by natural disasters - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today its commitment to extend debt relief to Veterans adversely impacted by natural disasters.  (9/16/20)

 VA expands Veteran access to telehealth with iPad services - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a new collaboration with Apple to increase Veterans’ access to virtual care benefits. (9/15/20)

 VA awards $1.3 million to support Veterans at elevated risk of suicide from experiencing or being at risk of homelessness - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it recently awarded $1.3 million in grants to 11 regional homelessness nonprofit organizations to bolster suicide prevention services for Veterans who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.  (9/14/20)

 VA notifies Veterans of compromised personal information - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Management today announced a data breach involving the personal information of approximately 46,000 Veterans and actions taken by the department to prevent and mitigate any potential harm to those individuals. (9/14/20)

The country makes a milestone commitment to prioritize suicide prevention for Veterans and all Americans - The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) Office and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today 42 states and one U.S. territory signed the PREVENTS state proclamation pledging their prioritization of suicide prevention for Veterans and all citizens in their jurisdictions.  (9/10/20)

Secretary Wilkie Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators Urging House Action on Veterans Suicide Prevention Legislation - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie today released the following statement after a bipartisan group of more than 30 senators called on House leaders to pass S. 785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, which would expand mental health resources for Veterans both inside and outside VA (9/9/20)

New study shows Veterans give VA health care facilities and VA community provider network high marks - A recently published study shows Veterans receiving outpatient care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities or community providers within VA’s network are pleased with their experience overall. (9/8/20)

Forbes ranks VA as one of the best employers in 17 states - Forbes has named the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) one of America’s best employers in 17 states in its second annual survey of America’s best employers by state. (9/2/20)

Study finds VA outperforms community hospitals on Veteran outcomes for a coronary procedure - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today study results, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found Veterans undergoing an elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for stable angina at community hospitals had an increased chance of dying following the intervention than Veterans who underwent the procedure at VA hospitals who had better outcomes.  (9/2/20)


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