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 VA establishes 120-day task force on inclusion, diversity, equity and access - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough established a 120-day task force April 1 to conduct a whole-of-VA review and to design and implement a holistic and integrated VA mission on inclusion, diversity, equity and access.  (4/14/21)

 Secretaries of VA, HUD joint statement on ending Veteran homelessness - The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress found that on a single night in January 2020, there were 37,252 Veterans experiencing homelessness in America, an increase of 0.4% over 2019.  (4/12/21)

 Statement by VA Secretary McDonough on the president’s FY 2022 Discretionary funding request - The Biden-Harris administration today submitted to Congress the president’s priorities for fiscal year 2022 discretionary spending.  (4/9/21)

VA research reveals link between financial strains and risk of homelessness - Research findings from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study reveal that issues related to financial strain are significant risk factors for becoming homeless and highlight the need to focus on financial well-being to help prevent homelessness among Veterans. (4/6/21)

VA provides free support to help Veterans heal from military sexual trauma - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching a national outreach effort during Sexual Assault Awareness Month to inform Veterans of free counseling and treatment being offered at VA for mental and physical health conditions related to military sexual trauma (MST).  (4/5/21)

VA partners with National Archives to vaccinate NARA staff - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has reached an agreement with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to assist in providing COVID-19 vaccines to NARA staff supporting VA claims processing.  (4/1/21)

VA seeks feedback to guide new suicide prevention grant program - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a notice in the Federal Register April 1, to solicit public feedback to guide implementation of the new VA Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program (SSG Fox SPGP).  (4/1/21)

VA strengthens PTSD claims process training - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) started implementing in March steps to improve its posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) claims processing.  (3/25/21)

SAVE LIVES Act allows VA to soon provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, their spouses and caregivers - President Joe Biden signed the SAVE LIVES Act into law today, expanding VA’s legal authority to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, regardless of their VA health care enrollment status, as well as Veteran spouses, caregivers and some beneficiaries.  (3/24/21)

VA allocates $1B to aid State Veterans Homes amid COVID-19 pandemic - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will make grants totaling $1 billion to State Veterans Homes operated across the country to ensure residents continue to receive high quality care, live in modern, safe facilities and are protected from the COVID-19 pandemic.  (3/23/21)

VA announces strategic review of Electronic Health Record Modernization program - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the strategic review of the electronic health record modernization program today after Secretary Denis McDonough’s initial assessment of the program within his first month in office.  (3/19/21)

VA suicide prevention tool puts lifesaving information in R.E.A.C.H - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a mobile app, March 18, that offers step-by-step guidance for those who are trying to support someone they care about and for those who are concerned about their own emotional wellbeing.  (3/18/21)

Annual VA Center for Women Veterans campaign highlights trailblazers - This year’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Women Veteran’s (CWV) 2021 Trailblazers: Women Veterans Leading the Way campaign celebrates the contributions of 27 women Veterans, representing all military branches, during and after their military service.  (3/18/21)

VA modernized GI Bill platform soon to be a click away, offering students easier access - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded a contract, in mid-March, to transform the operations of the GI Bill to a digital platform, improving education benefits and customer service delivery to nearly one million students served each year.  (3/18/21)

VA, American Red Cross team up to provide virtual social engagement for Veterans during COVID-19 pandemic - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and American Red Cross announced a partnership to boost volunteer recruitment efforts for the department’s Compassionate Contact Corps program, which provides companionship to Veterans experiencing social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  (3/18/21)

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