VA launches community-focused public health model to prevent Veteran suicide

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP) and VA Midwest Health Care Network (Veterans Integrated Service Network 23) has been working with academic researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's Program Evaluation and...

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VA's national cemeteries to host Memorial Day ceremonies

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) will host Memorial Day ceremonies from May 25 to May 27 to commemorate the nation's fallen service members.

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VA's Home Loan Guaranty program notifies Veterans of potential loan fee waivers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced May 13 that Veterans who qualify for a VA Home Loan funding fee waiver are now being notified in their home loan eligibility certificate and disability compensation award letter.

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VA's voluntary research genetics program reaches major milestone with 750,000 Veteran partners

In its journey to improve the lives of Veterans through health care research and innovation, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently reached a major milestone with enrollment of its 750,000th Veteran partner in the Million Veteran Program (MVP)...

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VA and Virta Health partner in innovative approach to diabetes care

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a partnership on May 13 with Virta Health to explore an innovative program focused on improving the health of persons with type 2 diabetes.

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VA senior official, nine other employees win federal government awards

Lauding their transformative efforts, the White House recently selected a senior official from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its Gears of Government President's Award and nine VA individuals and teams for Gears of Government Agency Awards.

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Five VA employees named as finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals

Five employees from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were recently announced as finalists for the annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, or Sammies, and will be recognized May 9 during a breakfast on Capitol Hill, as...

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VA celebrates ‘Science of Hope' during National Research Week

In celebration of important medical research conducted by the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), VA medical centers (VAMCs) nationwide will showcase innovative solutions that VA scientists are developing and bringing into clinical practice with help of university partners and...

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VA joins local officials in celebrating effective end of Veteran homelessness in Lexington, Kentucky

WASHINGTON - Officials from the departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) joined the mayor and representatives of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Continuum of Care (CoC) on April 25 to celebrate the effective end of Veteran...

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Top VA official honored for contributions to women's health

WASHINGTON - The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) recognized a senior official from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) during a ceremony May 1 in Washington, D.C., for her contributions to improving women's health research.

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VA proposes new AFGE collective bargaining agreement

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) presented its proposals to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). AFGE represents over 250,000 federal employees within VA.

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VA recognizes elementary school students for role in ending Veteran homelessness

In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) community partnership efforts to combat Veteran homelessness, VA recently recognized Henry Zarrow International School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for winning the 2018 End Veteran Homelessness Challenge.

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VA launches digital campaign encouraging mental health conversations

In recognition of Mental Health Month in May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching 'The Moment When' campaign, a nationwide effort starting May 1 that will feature Veterans' personal experiences with mental health treatment and recovery.

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VA and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services join to strengthen safety surveillance for medications issued to Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced an agreement that greatly improves drug safety monitoring of prescriptions, including opioids

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VA celebrates Women's Health Week with events at medical centers

In celebration of National Women's Health Week, May 12-18, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers (VAMCs) across the country will host events to support women Veterans and connect them with VA's health care services.

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VA and Microsoft partner to enhance care, rehabilitation and recreation for Veterans with limited mobility

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Microsoft Corp. announced a new collaboration to enhance opportunities for education, recreation and therapy for Veterans with mobility limitations by introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller - a video game controller designed...

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VA and Cigna partner to help prevent opioid misuse and improve treatment of Veterans with chronic pain

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Cigna, a global health service company, recently announced a new public private partnership to improve safety and quality of care for Veterans with chronic pain, who are at risk for opioid misuse.

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VA publishes Code of Integrity ethical standards for its Health Care Administration employees

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently published a Code of Integrity, which sets the ethical standards and obligations of every employee in VA's Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

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VA attorney named as finalist for Military.com's Spouse Changemaker of the Year award

An attorney in the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs was recently named April 8 by news and information website Military.com as a finalist for its Military Spouse Changemaker of the Year 2019 award, which identifies and celebrates individuals who have...

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VA Secretary praises department's model path to ending opioid addiction: Statement follows President Trump's remarks at summit addressing drug crisis

Calling the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs a recognized leader in pain management and opioid safety, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie today underscored the department's innovative approaches to chronic pain management.

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New text feature available through VA's Women Veterans Call Center: Users may now text, call or chat to learn about resources

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) added a text messaging feature to the Women Veterans Call Center on April 23, providing another convenient way for women to seek information about VA benefits, health care and available resources.

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VA's improvements to Veteran community care under MISSION Act on track for June 6 implementation

As the one-year anniversary of President Trump's signing of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 approaches on June 6, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is making significant strides in implementing...

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VA ensures Veterans have same-day access to emergency mental health care

WASHINGTON - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to provide the best mental health care access possible, VA is reminding Veterans that it offers all Veterans same-day access to emergency mental health care at any...

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VA National Cemetery Administration partners with Carry The Load to honor Veterans and their families

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that its National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is partnering with Carry The Load, a nonprofit organization that provides active ways to connect Americans to the sacrifices made daily by the U.S. military,...

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VA increases contracting with Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses: 5% growth in goals are first since FY 2010

Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie today announced an increase to the department's goals for contracting with Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB).

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VA researcher receives career award for contributions in hearing loss

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researcher was recently recognized by the American Academy of Audiology for his work in improving the lives of Veterans and others affected by hearing loss.

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VA continues community suicide-prevention challenge

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) convened seven teams March 27-29 in Arlington, Virginia, for the Mayor's Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service...

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Veterans' Family, Caregiver and Survivor Advisory Committee provides recommendations to VA Secretary

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie commended the Veterans' Family, Caregiver and Survivor Federal Advisory Committee on March 27 for recommendations that will assist in the department meeting its commitment to improve the experiences of all those it serves.

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VA researcher links flu to heart-failure hospitalizations: Study offers strong evidence adults need annual immunization to avoid potential complications that lead to hospitalization

Influenza significantly increased the risk of hospitalization for heart failure, according to a study of more than 450,000 adults, which was published in the March 27 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)/Cardiology, and headed by a Minneapolis...

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New study finds rising VA employee engagement key to increased success at nearly 150 medical centers

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) received high marks from an independent March 25 study showing a significant relationship between employee engagement and work performance by VA medical center staff.

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VA 3D printing proves more useful for shoulder-surgery planning than current visualization methods

WASHINGTON - In keeping with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to improve health care services for Veterans, Baltimore VA Medical Center (VAMC) doctors recently demonstrated how 3D printing at VA is more useful for orthopedic surgeons in...

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VA offers $15 million in grant funding to support adaptive sports for disabled Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the availability of up to approximately $15 million in grants for community organizations that provide adaptive sports, including therapeutic recreational opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the...

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VA partners with Objective Zero Foundation

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently partnered with the nonprofit Objective Zero Foundation to aid in connecting Veterans with suicide prevention support and resources.

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VA and National Multiple Sclerosis Society join forces to enhance health care services for Veterans

WASHINGTON - As part of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) efforts to advance and improve the lives of Veterans living with multiple sclerosis (MS), the department announced its recent partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Magazine honors VA's New Orleans Replacement Medical Center With ‘Best of the Best Health Care' award

An engineering and construction industry magazine recognized a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center with a 'Best of the Best Health Care' honor at the publication's 54th Annual Award of Excellence Black-Tie Gala held March 21 in New...

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On eve of joint conference in August, DOD and VA issue call for strategies to prevent suicide

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) announced that they have again joined forces to host a biannual

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VA to make new nasal spray drug available for treatment-resistant depression

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its health care providers will now be able to offer the newly approved Spravato nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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