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 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)

 VA to receive new Fisher Houses in Michigan, Colorado and Nebraska, which offer temporary lodging to Veterans’ families and caregivers - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Fisher House Foundation plans to construct three new 16-suite Fisher Houses at VA campuses in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Aurora, Colorado; and Omaha, Nebraska that will provide temporary accommodations for the families and caregivers of Veterans and active duty military receiving care at the VA facilities. (2/14/19)

 VA’s Rapid Appeals Modernization Program to end ahead of implementation of new Veteran appeals law - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will discontinue the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP), which provided eligible Veterans with early resolutions to their appealed claims, ahead of full implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 that takes effect Feb. 19, 2019. (2/14/19)

 VA seeks training providers to ready Veterans for high-tech careers - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is inviting training providers to participate in a new pilot program to prepare Veterans for careers in the high-tech workforce. (2/13/19)

 Applications opening soon for 2019 National Veterans Golden Age Games: Anchorage, Alaska, event kicks off June 5 - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will begin accepting applicants on Feb. 25 for the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games, scheduled to take place June 5-10 in Anchorage, Alaska. (2/12/19)

 Registration opens for 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games: Event to be held July 11-16 in Louisville, KY - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Veterans interested in registering for the 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games can do so online Jan. 7 through April 15. (2/11/19)

 VA to provide capability for Veterans to access their VA health data on Apple iPhones - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will release new capabilities this summer providing Veterans who receive care at VA with the ability to access their personal medical data using the Health Records on iPhone feature from Apple.  (2/11/19)

 Statement on the passing of Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina - It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Congressman Walter Jones. For over fifty years Congressman Jones and his father tirelessly represented the United States Marines at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point and thousands of Veterans across eastern North Carolina.  (2/10/19)

VA exceeds 1 million video telehealth visits in FY2018: One-year achievement represents a 19% increase over previous year - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has reached a telehealth milestone, achieving more than 1 million video telehealth visits in one fiscal year (FY18), a 19 percent increase in video telehealth visits over the prior year. (2/7/19)

VA launches collaborative training initiative to improve customer service for Veteran claims and appeals - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it recently launched a new customer service training initiative for employees to improve VA’s claims and appeals process. (2/7/19)

VA announces mortality data collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the recent start of a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve public health surveillance data. (2/7/19)

Veterans Benefits Administration announces district realignment - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) announced a geographic restructuring, from five districts to four, a change that will align regional offices and special missions more evenly. (2/7/19)


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