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 VA updates disability rating schedule related to hematologic and lymphatic systems - WASHINGTON — Effective Dec. 9, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or Rating Schedule) that evaluates the hematologic and lymphatic systems.  (12/10/18)

 VA announces new Veterans Health Application Programming Interface - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched its first Health Application Programming Interface (API) that will power the next generation of Blue Button features by enabling Veterans to interact with their own personal health data within innovative mobile and web-based apps.  (12/7/18)

 VA hosts national telehealth summit to increase health care access for Veterans - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting the Anywhere to Anywhere, Together Summit at the United States Institute of Peace with the nation’s top industry, government and non-profit leaders to increase connectivity and access to telemedicine for Veterans. (12/6/18)

 Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie - Statement on the Passing of President George H. W. Bush - “All of America’s veterans are saddened by the passing of President George H. W. Bush. His courage in combat was special even during the war in the Pacific, where our forces demonstrated some of the highest levels of valor and heroism in our history. When holding the highest offices in our country, he never forgot those who wore the uniform. The Department of Veterans Affairs sends its thoughts and prayers to the Bush family in remembrance of this extraordinary American.”  (12/1/18)

 VA announces fully capable Tele-counseling service within its Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) announced the ability for Veterans nationwide to meet with more than 1,000 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC) via “Tele-counseling,” or virtual communication.  (11/30/18)

 Statement by Secretary Robert Wilkie on Forever GI Bill Housing Benefit Payments - To clear up any confusion, I want to make clear that each and every post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiary will be made 100 percent whole – retroactively if need be – for their housing benefits for this academic year based on Forever GI Bill rates, not on the post-9/11 GI Bill rates. (11/29/18)

 VA Benefits Chief: "Every Single Veteran Will Be Made Whole" - Today, during a hearing before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, VA Under Secretary for Benefits Paul Lawrence delivered the following statement: Before I get into my opening statement on the subject of this morning’s hearing, I want to address a misleading NBC news story from late yesterday that gives the false impression that some Veterans on the GI Bill will not be made whole with respect to their housing payments based on an announcement VA made yesterday.  (11/29/18)

 Post-9/11 GI Bill Housing Payment Rates Update - Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced key changes in the processing of GI Bill benefits payments under the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill) (11/28/18)

 VA seeks public comment on Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, as amended by VA MISSION Act of 2018 - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will accept public comments for 15 days on how to implement certain changes to the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) required by the VA MISSION Act of 2018.  (11/28/18)

 VA Marks 15th Anniversary of My HealtheVet - This month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is celebrating the 15th anniversary of My HealtheVet, an online patient portal created to empower Veterans to become active participants in their health care. (11/27/18)

VA’s Office of Transition and Economic Development engages Puerto Rico’s Veteran community - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently hosted and participated in a series of partnership events in Puerto Rico to advance the economic success of service members, Veterans and families living on the island. (11/26/18)

VA hosts music therapy retreat in Nashville to help Veterans heal - WASHINGTON — Aimed at helping former service members process some of their military experiences, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the nonprofit Operation Song launched the first of a series of national music therapy retreats Nov. 14-17 in Nashville, Tennessee. (11/26/18)

VA researchers named to TIME Magazine’s list of 50 most influential people in health care - WASHINGTON — Two research scientists with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were recently named to TIME Magazine’s list of the 50 most influential people in health care in 2018. (11/26/18)

VA’s Benefits Delivery at Discharge program improves service to Veterans - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program has made significant improvements in disability claim processing over the past year, with most service members who submitted claims through the program receiving decisions within 30 days of discharge.  (11/21/18)

VA realigns several program offices to improve efficiency in meeting Veterans’ health care needs - WASHINGTON — As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) modernization efforts to improve efficiency in care coordination for Veterans and meet a presidential executive order for reorganizing the executive branch, VA plans to realign several programs within its Veterans Health Administration (VHA) into four offices.  (11/21/18)


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