New research affirms critical need for caregivers in Veteran care

New research published in the June 2019 edition of the journal Health Affairs shows the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation are working collectively to better integrate caregivers into a Veteran's health care treatment.

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VA and White House launch Veteran suicide-prevention task force

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and White House initiative to curb Veteran suicide, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Joe Grogan will launch a cabinet-level task force June...

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2 VA employees selected for George W. Bush Institute's Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program

Two U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) personnel will be among 43 chosen scholars gathered in Dallas for the 2019 George W. Bush Institute's Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program aimed at individuals serving Veterans and those motivated to grow their skillsets,...

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VA exceeds hiring goal of mental health providers by the thousands

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently surpassed its original goal to hire mental health providers by more than 1,000, through the Mental Health Hiring Initiative, which aims to achieve higher standards of access and quality care.

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VA's Vet Centers to host open houses to celebrate initiative's 40th anniversary

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host open houses during the month of June to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its Vet Centers, which provide readjustment counseling for eligible Veterans, service members and their families.

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VA receives awards for innovation in health IT

For the second year, nine U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs were recognized for innovations in federal health technology during an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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VA health care facilities to go smoke-free

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) commitment to provide excellent health care for Veterans, the department will implement a new policy restricting smoking by patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors at its health care facilities by...

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VA launches new health care options under MISSION Act

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its new and improved Veterans Community Care Program on June 6, 2019, implementing portions of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (MISSION Act), which both...

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VA announces final community care regulations under MISSION Act

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the publication in the Federal Register of two final regulations as part of its new Veterans Community Care Program under the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION)...

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VA nabs four Telly Awards for virtual-care educational videos

As a result of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) efforts to educate and help Veterans better understand health care services available to them, VA's Office of Connected Care (OCC) recently won four Telly Awards for educational videos highlighting...

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MESSAGE FROM VA Secretary Robert Wilkie – "Fact check" inaccuracies in a recent news article"

MESSAGE FROM VA Secretary Robert Wilkie - I want to call attention to several inaccuracies in a recent 'fact check' that claimed the Trump administration is taking credit for progress made under the Obama administration.

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VA encourages Veterans to quit tobacco on World No Tobacco Day

In recognition of 'World No Tobacco Day' on May 31, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will reaffirm its 'Better Starts Today' campaign, calling on Veterans who use tobacco to discover reasons to quit and take advantage of innovative...

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VA now transplanting kidneys that are positive for hepatitis C

Underscoring its mission of improving the quality of life for Veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently began offering a new option to patients awaiting kidney transplants: organs that are positive for hepatitis (hep) C.

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VA partners with Microsoft to improve how rural Veterans access VA's online services and benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Microsoft Corp., recently formed a partnership that aims to improve how Veterans living in rural areas can access VA's online services and benefits.

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White House VA Hotline surpasses 250,000 calls from Veteran community

Pledged by President Donald J. Trump as part of his administration's commitment to reforming the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as of May 14, the White House VA Hotline has answered more than 250,195 calls since it went live...

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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

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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