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 VA to receive new Fisher Houses in Michigan, Colorado and Nebraska, which offer temporary lodging to Veterans’ families and caregivers - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Fisher House Foundation plans to construct three new 16-suite Fisher Houses at VA campuses in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Aurora, Colorado; and Omaha, Nebraska that will provide temporary accommodations for the families and caregivers of Veterans and active duty military receiving care at the VA facilities. (2/14/19)

 VA’s Rapid Appeals Modernization Program to end ahead of implementation of new Veteran appeals law - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will discontinue the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP), which provided eligible Veterans with early resolutions to their appealed claims, ahead of full implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 that takes effect Feb. 19, 2019. (2/14/19)

 VA seeks training providers to ready Veterans for high-tech careers - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is inviting training providers to participate in a new pilot program to prepare Veterans for careers in the high-tech workforce. (2/13/19)

 Applications opening soon for 2019 National Veterans Golden Age Games: Anchorage, Alaska, event kicks off June 5 - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will begin accepting applicants on Feb. 25 for the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games, scheduled to take place June 5-10 in Anchorage, Alaska. (2/12/19)

 Registration opens for 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games: Event to be held July 11-16 in Louisville, KY - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Veterans interested in registering for the 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games can do so online Jan. 7 through April 15. (2/11/19)

 VA to provide capability for Veterans to access their VA health data on Apple iPhones - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will release new capabilities this summer providing Veterans who receive care at VA with the ability to access their personal medical data using the Health Records on iPhone feature from Apple.  (2/11/19)

 Statement on the passing of Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina - It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Congressman Walter Jones. For over fifty years Congressman Jones and his father tirelessly represented the United States Marines at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point and thousands of Veterans across eastern North Carolina.  (2/10/19)

 VA exceeds 1 million video telehealth visits in FY2018: One-year achievement represents a 19% increase over previous year - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has reached a telehealth milestone, achieving more than 1 million video telehealth visits in one fiscal year (FY18), a 19 percent increase in video telehealth visits over the prior year. (2/7/19)

 VA launches collaborative training initiative to improve customer service for Veteran claims and appeals - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it recently launched a new customer service training initiative for employees to improve VA’s claims and appeals process. (2/7/19)

 VA announces mortality data collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the recent start of a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve public health surveillance data. (2/7/19)

 Veterans Benefits Administration announces district realignment - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) announced a geographic restructuring, from five districts to four, a change that will align regional offices and special missions more evenly. (2/7/19)

 The Wall Street Journal endorses VA’s proposed community care access standards - WASHINGTON – The Wall Street Journal endorsed VA’s recently announced proposed access standards for community care in an editorial published today.  (2/6/19)

 VA providing unprecedented transparency to Congress - Today VA announced that the department is providing a new and unprecedented level of transparency to lawmakers in Congress. For years under previous administrations, Congressional critics have taken the department to task for not providing enough information to the legislative branch.  (2/6/19)

 Secretary Wilkie statement on the President’s State of the Union address - Tonight VA Secretary Robert Wilkie issued the following statement on the President’s State of the Union address (2/5/19)

 Four former VA secretaries strongly back VA’s proposed community care access standards, reject predictable, false privatization claims - In an opinion editorial published by FOX News today, four former VA Secretaries who served under Presidents Bush and Obama backed VA’s proposed community care access standards that are part of the MISSION Act. (2/5/19)


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