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News Releases

 VA dedicates new columbarium at Crown Hill National Cemetery, reopening after six decades - The Department of Veterans Affairs dedicated a new columbarium in Indianapolis, Indiana, allowing VA to conduct new interments of Veterans and eligible family members in the city for the first time since 1959. (7/1/22)

 VA expands live donor care and support - The Department of Veterans Affairs implements a final rule, July 1, 2022, describing the authority to provide support for donation procedures and related care to those who donate an organ or bone marrow to Veterans for transplants. (6/30/22)

 VA develops national standards for health care professionals - The Department of Veterans Affairs published its first of 50 draft national standards of practice in the Federal Register June 30, for Blind Rehabilitation Specialists and Visual Impairment Services Teams Coordinators. (6/30/22)

 VA adopts for a unified Veteran sign-in experience - By creating an account on, Veterans can now use the same login and password to access a growing list of federal government websites, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Personnel Management and Small Business Administration to deliver a secure and streamlined identity verification experience. (6/28/22)

 VA services 10K loans in last year for Veterans borrowing from their life insurance policies - The Department of Veterans Affairs has paid out more than $6.7 million across 10,000 loans since mid-May 2021 through Instant Loan Approval, a feature that automates the loan approval process for Veterans. (6/27/22)

 Trauma survivors encouraged to self-screen for PTSD - Veterans, service members and civilians are encouraged to take a 50-second self-screen, June 27, on PTSD Screening Day for posttraumatic stress disorder. (6/23/22)

VA suspends annual reassessments in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers - The Department of Veterans Affairs is suspending annual reassessments for participants of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers while the department continues its review of PCAFC. (6/9/22)

VA launches Pathfinder, a virtual concierge to streamline procurement and innovation - The Department of Veterans Affairs launched in early June serving as the “front door” for vendors and innovators to engage with VA while providing useful resources. (6/7/22)

VA issues correction to Notice of Funding Opportunity for Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program - The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a correction to the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program. (6/3/22)

VA publishes Interim Final Rule for Legal Services for Veterans Grant Program - As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ national homeless prevention efforts, VA published an Interim Final Rule which allows VA to enhance the provision of legal services for Veterans experiencing or at risk for homelessness. (6/1/22)

VA Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act - President Biden has stated we have a sacred obligation to support Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors. As part of his first State of the Union address, he identified supporting Veterans as a key pillar of his Unity Agenda and an issue that can unite the country. The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act makes good on that promise.  (5/27/22)

VA launches $20 million innovation challenge to reduce Veteran suicide - As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 10-year strategy to reduce Veteran suicide, VA invites innovators across the country to participate in Mission Daybreak — a $20 million challenge designed to help VA develop new suicide prevention strategies for Veterans. (5/25/22)

VA implements COVID-19 health protection levels enhancing Veteran, visitor and employee safety at medical facilities - — The Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration launched three operational levels called VHA COVID-19 Health Protection Levels to provide a consistent, nationwide approach at its medical centers. (5/24/22)

VA national cemeteries to host public Memorial Day ceremonies after two years without gatherings - The Department of Veteran Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration will host its first public Memorial Day ceremonies since 2019. (5/23/22)

Statement from Secretaries Fudge, McDonough, Vilsack and Yellen on continued efforts to connect homeowners to pandemic relief - The Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development Marcia L. Fudge, Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough, Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Treasury Janet L. Yellen are calling on servicers of federally backed mortgages to make every effort to ensure no individual or family unduly experiences unnecessary hardship or foreclosure while assistance is available under the Homeowner Assistance Fund. (5/6/22)

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