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News Releases

 VA fights back against predatory claims-assistance practices - During National Consumer Protection Week, Feb. 28-March 6, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is raising public awareness about a tool to protect Veterans and claimants from companies who may be targeting them or their potential benefits.  (3/4/21)

 VA partnership streamlines Veterans access to care, housing assistance - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with customer relationship management company Salesforce to improve access to essential VA services and resources among homeless and at-risk Veterans.  (3/4/21)

 VA receives Janssen COVID-19 vaccine - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) received 71,400 doses of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, March 3, authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization.  (3/4/21)

 VA finance program makes breakthrough helping thousands of Veterans receive secure benefit payments - The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP) reached a new milestone with more than 50,000 Veterans having switched to receiving their monetary benefits through direct deposit. (3/3/21)

 VA-led coalition embarks on combined effort to prevent hospital acquired pneumonia in U.S. hospitals - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launches an organized effort to assist in the prevention of hospital acquired pneumonia in VA and private hospitals across the country. (3/2/21)

 Premium reductions coming to enrollees of Veterans’ Group Life Insurance - All Veterans insured under Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) will receive a reduction in premiums effective April 1, ensuring that VGLI remains a cost effective option for Veterans and transitioning uniform service members who choose Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) insurance products. (3/1/21)

 VA to increase participation of women Veterans in genetic research to aid in improving women’s health - WASHINGTON —On this first day of Women’s History Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched efforts to increase women Veteran participation in VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP) to aid in genetic research focused on women health issues. (3/1/21)

 VA updates musculoskeletal and muscle injuries portion of disability rating schedule to reflect changes used to evaluate Veterans’ disability compensation - The musculoskeletal and muscle injuries portion of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) has been revised to reflect updated medical information used to assess Veterans’ medical records and determine their VA disability rating. (2/24/21)

 VA launches public guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal information - This February the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched Ethics Principles for Access to and Use of Veteran Data as part of ongoing efforts to protect Veteran data. (2/22/21)

VA announces additional leadership appointments - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the names of the latest key appointees in the department.  (2/18/21)

VA offers continued debt relief options to Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reaffirms its commitment to extend debt relief for Veterans through Sept. 30.  (2/18/21)

VA reaches milestone vaccinating its 1 millionth Veteran - The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration vaccinated its 1 millionth Veteran with their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (2/17/21)

VA, VFW open telehealth access point in rural Pennsylvania - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opened a new ATLAS (Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations) site this week at Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7842 in Linesville.  (2/16/21)

VA extends existing moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures and extends loan forbearance opportunities - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will extend the existing moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, as well as extend VA loan forbearance requests, to June 30, because of COVID-19.  (2/16/21)

VA receives additional 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to administer to Veterans, employees - Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities are receiving a one-time supplemental allocation of 200,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses this week from the Department of Health and Human Services.  (2/11/21)

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