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 VA and MAZON partner to support Veteran food security - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is partnering with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to improve and ensure Veterans have reliable access to food. (7/13/20)

 VA offers debt relief to Veterans through year’s end - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced its commitment to extend debt relief to Veterans adversely impacted by COVID-19 to the end of 2020 by suspending certain debt collection actions. (7/9/20)

 Help Heal Veterans donates craft kits to VA hospitals to help provide activities for Veterans who are alone - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today Help Heal Veterans has provided nearly 50,000 craft kits, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, to more than 90 VA facilities for Veterans who are isolated. (7/7/20)

 White House, VA launch REACH — a call to action to engage the nation in preventing suicide - WASHINGTON – The White House and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched the REACH national public health campaign aimed at empowering all Americans to play a critical role in preventing suicide. (7/7/20)

 VA hits major milestone in the resolution of legacy appeals - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has reached a significant milestone in the overall Legacy Appeals Resolution Plan with the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) completing actions on nearly all non-remand legacy appeals as of July 4.  (7/6/20)

 VA reinstates in-person services at 100 hospitals across the country - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, as of mid-June, more than 100 VA medical facilities and medical centers (VAMCs) have reinstated at least one in-person service within their direct health care delivery system after certain services were temporarily on hold or reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (7/2/20)

National Academies affirms scientific necessity of VA canine research - WASHINGTON – A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) study has affirmed the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) position that canine research is “scientifically necessary” for certain areas of research that benefit seriously disabled Veterans (7/1/20)

VA launches COVID-19 screening tool - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the launching of a digital COVID-19 screening tool to streamline Veteran access to medical care during the coronavirus pandemic.  (6/29/20)

VA rolls out simplified travel reimbursement system for Veterans, beneficiaries - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is rolling out a new system in July for Veterans and eligible beneficiaries to submit and track transportation reimbursement claims using VA’s secure web-based portal, Access VA. (6/29/20)

VA receives funding from the US Postal Service for PTSD research - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, during national Post-traumatic Stress Awareness (PTSD) month, VA’s National Center for PTSD will fund more research about PTSD. This is thanks to the proceeds from the Healing PTSD semipostal stamp, which was issued in December  (6/26/20)

VA supports 988 expansion for National Suicide Prevention Crisis Line and Veterans Crisis Line access - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today their support for the Suicide Prevention 988 expansion initiative, a new national three-digit emergency telephone number to access crisis call centers across the country for suicide prevention and mental health services, including the Veterans Crisis Line, by July 2022. (6/26/20)

VA honored with ATA Champion Award for telehealth innovation - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the Veterans Health Administration has received the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) 2020 Champion Award for bringing health care access to Veterans when and where they need it.  (6/25/20)

VA holds first virtual Women Veterans Forum - WASHINGTON – Acting Deputy Secretary Pamela Powers on Tuesday led VA’s first virtual Women Veterans Forum, which helped women Veterans from across the country learn about the care and services they can receive at VA, and how VA is changing to better serve the growing population of women Veterans.  (6/24/20)

VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment service signals transformation through readiness - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) service announced today it’s changing its name to Veteran Readiness and Employment Service to better reflect the needs of Veterans.  (6/22/20)

Message from Secretary Wilkie: Juneteenth, 2020 - Only when the Civil War came to an end was Union Major General Gordon Granger, upon arriving in Galveston, able to inform all that slavery ended in Texas, which became the last area of the country to fully comprehend Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. (6/19/20)


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