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News Releases

 Statement from VA Secretary Denis McDonough on the PACT Act - “Veterans who were exposed to toxic fumes while fighting for our country are American heroes, and they deserve world-class care and benefits for their selfless service. The bipartisan PACT Act will help VA deliver for those Veterans—and their survivors—by empowering us to presumptively provide care and benefits to Vets suffering from more than 20 toxic exposure-related conditions.  (8/2/22)

 VA awards $431 million in grants to help at-risk Veterans and their families - On Aug. 1, the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $431 million in grants to 258 non-profit organizations across the nation to help homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. (8/1/22)

 VA expands grant program for community organizations helping homeless Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs published a Final Rule (insert link) on (insert date), allowing Grant and Per Diem program grantees to receive reimbursements for costs associated with serving the minor dependents of homeless Veterans. (7/29/22)

 VA summer sports clinic for disabled Veterans returns to San Diego - Veterans will participate during the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, Aug. 7-12 in San Diego. (7/25/22)

VA Secretary Denis McDonough statement on confirmation of Under Secretary for Health and other personnel updates - The Department of Veterans Affairs welcomed the news of the confirmation of Shereef Elnahal, M.D. as Under Secretary for Health. (7/22/22)

VA stands up commission to recommend new Under Secretary for Benefits - Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough approved the establishment of a commission on July 19, to identify candidates to lead and manage the Veterans Benefits Administration in the position of Under Secretary for Benefits. (7/19/22)

VA launches improved Access to Care website - Based on Veteran feedback and VA Secretary Denis McDonough’s commitment to ensuring timely access to care, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched an improved Access to Care website that now offers a simplified, user-friendly experience to make it easier for Veterans to make informed decisions as they plan their health care appointments. (7/19/22)

New Veterans Crisis Line phone number - Effective July 16, Veterans have the option to Dial 988 then Press 1 to connect with caring, qualified responders for 24/7 crisis support. (7/18/22)

Veterans compete at 2022 National Veterans Golden Age Games - After two years of virtual participation at-home, approximately 500 Veterans from across the country are set to compete in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Veterans Golden Age Games, July 18-23, in South Dakota. (7/11/22)

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)

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