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 VA launches Veterans Legacy Memorial to honor deceased Veterans online - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Cemetery Administration (NCA) launched the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM), Aug. 14, the country's first digital platform dedicated entirely to the preservation of the memory of the 3.7 million Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries. (8/23/19)

 VA modifies smoke-free policies at health care facilities to include workers aimed at increasing the quality of care for Veterans - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) commitment to a smoke-free health care environment for Veterans, in October, the department will extend its smoke-free policies to include employees at its health care facilities. (8/21/19)

 Operation Song continues mission of telling stories through music - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is expanding its partnership with nonprofit Operation Song to launch a series of songwriting retreats aimed at helping Veterans share and cope with military experiences through music. (8/16/19)

 VA releases Launchpad app to streamline health care access for Veterans and caregivers - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched a new mobile application designed to save Veterans and their caregivers time online. (8/13/19)

 VA and DOD partner to modernize department’s health care supply chain - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) entered into a strategic partnership Aug. 12 to enhance VA’s supply chain management modernization efforts.  (8/12/19)

 VA updates the disability rating schedule for infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional deficiencies - As of August 11, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD, or Rating Schedule) that evaluate infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional deficiencies.  (8/12/19)

VA and Hiring our Heroes partner on military spouse hiring initiative - The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative recently joined efforts to lead and support military spouse employment at VA and throughout the federal government, and reduce the high unemployment rate for military spouses.  (8/9/19)

VA launches August Women’s Health Mini Residency Program - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partners with the University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Training to offer a Women’s Health Mini Residency Program, Aug. 13-14 in Tampa, Florida.  (8/9/19)

VA awards contract for Region 4 of Community Care Network - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded a contract Aug. 6 to TriWest Healthcare Alliance to serve as Third Party Administrator in managing Region 4 of VA’s new Community Care Network (CCN).  (8/8/19)

VA hosts initiative that assists in securing financial futures for Veterans, service members and their families - VA will host the Economic Investment (EI) Initiative: Puget Sound 2019, Aug. 6 – 8 at the South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington, to help those who serve or have served in uniform find continued success in civilian life. (8/6/19)

VA has cured 100,000 Veterans of Hepatitis C - As World Hepatitis Day is marked nationwide this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reached a significant milestone, having cured more than 100,000 Veterans of chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV), establishing VA as a global leader in the diagnosis and treatment of HCV. (8/2/19)

VA announces upcoming awards of more than $400M in grants to help Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness - Thousands of low-income Veterans and their eligible family members will continue to have access to crucial homelessness services as a result of $426 million in grants to be awarded under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.  (8/1/19)

VA, DeepMind develop machine learning system to predict life-threatening disease before it appears - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in partnership with DeepMind Health, published results in the July 31 edition of Nature, on the development of an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can forecast a deadly kidney disease in advance. (7/31/19)

VA achieves critical milestone in its Electronic Health Record Modernization Program - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently transferred the health records of 23.5 million Veterans to a Cerner Corp. data center, setting the stage for the records to be processed this summer in support of VA’s and Department of Defense’s (DoD) common electronic health record solution. (7/29/19)

VA enhances research and education efforts related to airborne hazards and burn pit exposure with newly restructured research hub - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently established the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) as part of its ongoing efforts to improve health care for Veterans.  (7/26/19)

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