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 VA on path to cure 100,000 Veterans of hepatitis C - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is on track to eliminate the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in as few as two months, in all Veterans willing and able to be treated.  (3/18/19)

 VA releases health care inspection reports and staffing data for more than 100 Community Living Centers - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began publicly posting, for the first time, health care inspection reports and staffing data for its nursing home system. (3/15/19)

 VA continues to pioneer new approaches for treating Veteran mental health conditions - VA continues to pioneer new approaches for treating Veteran mental health conditions New study demonstrates effectiveness of implementing collaborative team method  (3/15/19)

 Precision health initiative brings genetic testing to Veterans - Precision health initiative brings genetic testing to Veterans VA and Sanford Health join forces to provide free screenings, improve patient care for cancer survivors  (3/12/19)

 Statement by Secretary Robert Wilkie on President Trump’s FY 2020 budget request - In President Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget, he has once again demonstrated his ongoing commitment to Veterans, ensuring greater quality, efficiency and timely service that our Veterans have earned and deserve. (3/11/19)

 VA strengthens care and benefits for Veterans with $220 billion budget - President Donald J. Trump is proposing a total of $220.2 billion in his fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a 9.6 percent increase above fiscal 2019. (3/11/19)

 VA selects 18 medical facilities to start ‘high reliability’ journey: Initiative creates safe industry-wide environments with robust continuous process improvements - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the selection of 18 medical centers that will lead the way in the department’s efforts to transform the nation’s largest integrated health care system into a high reliability organization (HRO). (3/7/19)

 President Trump signs executive order to empower Veterans and end Veterans suicide - Today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order titled “National Initiative to Empower Veterans and End Veterans Suicide,” which focuses on improving the quality of life for America’s Veterans and ending the tragedy of Veteran suicide. (3/5/19)

Secretary Wilkie statement on signing of the Executive Order, “Supporting the Transition of Active Duty Service Members and Military Veterans into the Merchant Marine” - Today, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie issued the following statement on President Trump’s signing of the Executive Order, “Supporting the Transition of Active Duty Service Members and Military Veterans into the Merchant Marine:” (3/4/19)

VA's Center for Women Veterans kicks off Women's History Month with 'Trailblazers' campaign - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will celebrate the start of Women’s History Month in March with a kickoff event on March 6, from 2-4 p.m. at the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.  (3/1/19)

Secretary Wilkie testifies that VA will accelerate disability benefits claims processing for Purple Heart Medal recipients - Today at a congressional hearing VA Secretary Robert Wilkie announced that effective in April, it will provide priority disability benefits claims processing for the initial claims from discharged combat Veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal. (2/26/19)

VA’s proposed rules for Veteran community care now open for public comment - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the publication beginning tomorrow of a proposed regulation in the Federal Register for the new Veterans community care program, including access standards. The proposed regulation would establish new rules for the Veterans community care program required by section 101 of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (MISSION Act) of 2018.  (2/21/19)

VA’s Appeals Modernization Act takes effect today: New law streamlines department’s current claims and appeals process for Veterans - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has implemented the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, which was signed into law Aug. 23, 2017, and represents one of the most significant statutory changes to benefit Veterans in decades. (2/19/19)

VA’s ‘Better Starts Today’ campaign challenges Veterans to ditch smokeless tobacco - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will mark the annual Great American Spit Out on Feb. 21, calling attention to the dangers of using smokeless tobacco, with its “Better Starts Today” campaign.  (2/19/19)

VA publishes interim final rule on cash-out home loans to further protect Veterans - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has published an interim final rule relating to VA-guaranteed cash-out refinance loans to further protect Veteran home-loan borrowers from predatory lending practices.  (2/19/19)


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