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News Releases

 VA advances Electronic Health Record Modernization program - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today its updated plan to move forward with its systemwide Electronic Health Record Modernization program.  (12/1/21)

  VA statement on GPO printing and mailing delay - Due to supply chain and staffing shortages, the vendor contracted by the Government Publishing Office to provide printing services for the Department of Veterans Affairs is experiencing delays in printing and mailing notification letters to Veterans and claimants. The disruption may impact the ability of some claimants to meet required deadlines via written correspondence with VA. (11/30/21)

 VA and Indian Health Service broaden scope to serve American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service renewed a partnership, Oct. 1, to help the country’s nearly 145,000 American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans overcome health care access barriers. (11/23/21)

Smoking rates steadily trend down among Veterans receiving VA care - In conjunction with the Great American Smokeout observed Nov. 18, the Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging Veterans to talk to their health care providers about smoking cessation programs to help them quit, as cigarette use continues to decline nationwide. (11/18/21)

VA helps women Veteran entrepreneurs power up - The Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with the PenFed Foundation, helped three women-owned small businesses earn business development grants used to support their growing companies in the economic marketplace. (11/16/21)

VA updates disability rating schedules for genitourinary and cardiovascular systems - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced its update to the genitourinary and cardiovascular regulations in the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities at Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations. (11/15/21)

VA pilots evaluation model to determine potential exposure to environmental hazards while serving - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Nov. 11 it is piloting a comprehensive military exposure model to consider possible relationships of in-service environmental hazards to medical conditions. (11/11/21)

VA celebrates caregivers across the country for commitment to America’s Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Caregiver Support Program is presenting a month-long series of virtual events and activities celebrating Veterans’ caregivers in recognition of National Family Caregivers Month. (11/10/21)

VA accesses resources to increase housing assistance for vulnerable Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs updated regulations Nov. 10 governing the Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant program to provide a more effective subsidy to Veterans in high-cost rental markets and to increase the cap in general housing assistance available to the most vulnerable Veteran families. (11/10/21)

VA and Heroes Foundation create employment opportunities for Veterans - The Department of Veteran Affairs recently partnered with the Daniel and Salvador Montoya Heroes Foundation to facilitate corporate hiring opportunities for Veterans and transitioning service members.  (11/8/21)

VA solicits input on access standards and standards for quality - The Department of Veterans Affairs published two notices today in the Federal Register asking for comment on VA’s access standards and standards for quality. (11/4/21)

VA releases cybersecurity strategy to secure Veteran information and privacy - The Department of Veterans Affairs publishes new cybersecurity strategy, Nov. 4, to protect against exposure of Veterans’ personal information or the corruption of critical data. (11/4/21)

VA extends presumptive period for Persian Gulf War Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs has extended the presumptive period to Dec. 31, 2026 for qualifying chronic disabilities rated 10% or more resulting from undiagnosed illnesses in Persian Gulf War Veterans to ensure benefits established by Congress are fairly administered. (10/27/21)

VA expands offering of COVID-19 booster vaccines - The Department of Veterans Affairs is now offering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine booster shots under Emergency Use Authorization, expanding on last month’s authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech booster. (10/22/21)

VA stands up commission to recommend new Veterans Health Administration Under Secretary - The Department of Veterans Affairs established a commission to identify candidates to lead and manage the Veterans Health Administration. (10/18/21)

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