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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Under Secretary for Benefits

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Under Secretary for Benefits | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: May 12, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs established a commission to identify candidates to lead and manage the Veterans Benefits Administration. The position is for the Under Secretary for Benefits, who oversees leadership and direction on non-medical Veterans benefits matters — which has an approximate operating budget of $6.2 billion, an average employment level of 24,700 — and a benefits budget of $135 billion for the delivery of services and benefits to Veterans and their beneficiaries. By law, the appointment is made without regard to political affiliation and solely on demonstrated ability in providing oversight and management of this budget and the ability to develop, defend, and administer a budget of this size a
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases Report detailing Efforts to address COVID-19 Pandemic

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases Report detailing Efforts to address COVID-19 Pandemic | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: May 11, 2021) Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs published a second installment report identifying the department’s strategic response from July 1, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021, to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The results are a continuation of VA’s pledge to share best practices and lessons learned with other government agencies and the private health care system while the country continues to fight COVID-19. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 Response Report Annex A concludes that overall, VA has aligned responsibilities, communicated with stakeholders and employed an operational concept that produced an effective response in support of Veterans and communities around the country. “We created this document so medical professionals can learn from our eff...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Law expands Veteran Housing Benefits

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Law expands Veteran Housing Benefits | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: May 4, 2021)

    Washington - - May is National Moving Month and many Veterans may find themselves moving to a new address as they take advantage of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded home loan program, which now includes additional benefits for eligible borrowers.

    VA is currently implementing Public Law 116-315 containing three key loan provisions for Vietnam War era Veterans, eligible National Guard members, and service members, Veterans and certain surviving spouses with VA-guaranteed loans. “The law, known as the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 offers new and renewed homeownership possibilities,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy. “These few changes
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  • Veterans Affairs Research reveals Link between Financial Strains and Risk of Homelessness

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Research reveals Link between Financial Strains and Risk of Homelessness | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: April 6, 2021)

    Washington - - Research findings from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study reveal that issues related to financial strain are significant risk factors for becoming homeless and highlight the need to focus on financial well-being to help prevent homelessness among Veterans.

    The study, led by VA’s National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans (the Center), was published in the March edition of Medical Care. “The study revealed that four types of financial strain — debt, unemployment, lower income and financial crises — increased the risk of future homelessness,” said the Center’s Lead Researcher Eric Elbogen, Ph.D. “Focusing on financial well-being as a whole as part of homeless prevention efforts at
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Veterans Health Administration Under Secretary

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Veterans Health Administration Under Secretary | site |



    (Information contained in U.S Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: March 9, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established a commission to identify candidates to lead and manage the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The position is for the Under Secretary for Health, who oversees the country’s largest health care system — which has an approximate annual budget of $61 billion — and supervises the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans. By law, the appointment is made without regard to political affiliation and solely on demonstrated ability in the medical profession, policy formulation, and health care administration and fiscal management. Those being considered must have substantial experience in connection with the programs of VHA or prog
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches Public Guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal Information

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches Public Guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal Information | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 22, 2021)

    Washington - - This February the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched Ethics Principles for Access to and Use of Veteran Data as part of ongoing efforts to protect Veteran data.

    The new online resource outlines nine principles for communicating clear expectations on how Veteran data is to be managed and viewed by Veterans, staff, VA partners and other stakeholders. These principles reinforce VA’s standards of data privacy and protection maintained during VA’s distribution of nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccinations to date, and other critical health care services during the coronavirus pandemic. “VA’s principle-based ethics framework takes a proactive approach to data management and privacy
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces additional Leadership Appointments

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces additional Leadership Appointments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press released dated: February 18, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the names of the latest key appointees in the department.

    James Anderson, special assistant, Office of the Secretary: James Anderson served as a prior-enlisted Air Force intelligence officer at U.S Air Forces Central Command. He founded the University of South Carolina’s Veterans Alumni Council, a 200 plus membership-based organization with an endowed scholarship for military members and their families. Anderson held fellowships with the Center for a New American Security, Truman National Security Project, Veterans in Global Leadership and was a Fulbright scholar in Canada. He continues to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve assigned to headquarters Department of the Air
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers continued Debt Relief Options to Veterans

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers continued Debt Relief Options to Veterans | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 18, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reaffirms its commitment to extend debt relief for Veterans through Sept. 30.

    VA will continue suspension of collection on all Veteran benefit overpayments and medical copayment debts incurred after April 1, 2020. VA is suspending this debt collection to provide Veterans continued financial relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “My top priority right now is to do everything in our power to help our Veterans, caregivers and their families get through this challenging COVID-19 pandemic,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “VA will continue to find ways to provide real relief to 2 million Veterans and their families as we fight through this health crisis together.” To assist with making inf
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  • Veterans Affairs receives additional 200,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to administer to Veterans, Employees

    Veterans Affairs receives additional 200,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to administer to Veterans, Employees | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 11, 2021)

    Washington - - Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities are receiving a one-time supplemental allocation of 200,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses this week from the Department of Health and Human Services.

    This distribution is in addition to VA’s normally scheduled delivery of approximately 125,000 doses of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines each week.

    “In accordance to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s phased allocation considerations, VA has worked diligently to offer and administer the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible to Veterans who receive care at VA,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Health, Richard Stone, M.D. “The additional doses will help us to
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  • Veterans Affairs says it advances Medical Research for Minority Veterans with new Genomic Tool

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it advances Medical Research for Minority Veterans with new Genomic Tool | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated February 5, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new genomic research tool designed to help VA researchers learn more about how conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease affect Veterans from minority backgrounds.

    Debuting in January, the laboratory tool, known as the Ethnic Focused genotyping array or DNA chip, will test more than 750,000 genetic variants, including over 300,000 that are more common in minority populations.

    The tool was custom-built for VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP) which studies how genes affect health. “This is potentially a game changer in medical research for Black and Hispanic Veterans and other members of minority ethnic and racial
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  • Veterans Affairs administers 1 Million COVID-19 doses, publishes Facility Vaccination Numbers

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs administers 1 Million COVID-19 doses, publishes Facility Vaccination Numbers | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 2, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reached a milestone in just a month and a half’s time administering 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans and VA health care workers. As of Feb. 2, VA has dispensed at least one dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine to more than 582,000 Veterans and has fully vaccinated over 44,000, totaling more than 626,000 doses. This is in addition to administering more than 401,000 doses to VA employees, and more than 1,200 vaccine doses to federal partners. “In addition to administering 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, VA has begun publishing the number of Veterans who have received Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna vaccines at ...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeks Feedback to guide Future Vision of VA Health Care

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeks Feedback to guide Future Vision of VA Health Care | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 1, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a draft decision for criteria Feb. 1 in the Federal Register to be used by VA’s Secretary to develop recommendations for the future of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) health care.

    The criteria are based on specific factors outlined in the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (MISSION Act), which gives Veterans greater access to health care in VA facilities and the community, and input received through collaboration with stakeholders, including Veterans and Veterans Service Organizations. The criteria includes the following categories: Veterans’ need for care and services; accessibility of care for veterans; impact on mission; providing the highest quality whole health care
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Locsin

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Locsin | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release dated: January 27, 2021)

    U.S. Department of State source: Spokesperson Ned Price


    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Locsin

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin, Jr. Secretary Blinken and Secretary Locsin reaffirmed that a strong U.S.-Philippine Alliance is vital to a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Secretary Blinken stressed the importance of the Mutual Defense Treaty for the security of both nations, and its clear application to armed attacks against the Philippine armed forces, public vessels, or aircraft in the Pacific, which includes the South China Sea. Secretary Blinken also underscored that the United...
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  • Statement by Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dat P. Tran on VA easing economic hardships for Veterans

    Statement by Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dat P. Tran on VA easing Economic Hardships for Veterans, their families, Survivors and Caregivers | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 29, 2021)

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is steadfast leading the way in President Joseph Biden’s Jan. 22 Executive Order to deliver economic relief to Americans amid the COVID-19 crisis by addressing economic hardships the Veteran community faces during the ongoing pandemic.

    Through no fault of their own, our Veterans and their loved ones continue to face economic hardship due to the pandemic. I want to assure Veterans, their family members, survivors and caregivers that we are doing everything we can to lessen their burden and worry.

    Effective today, VA will extend the existing moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until March 31, 2021. VA borrowers
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Flies COVID-19 Vaccines to Veterans in Rural Montana

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Flies COVID-19 Vaccines to Veterans in Rural Montana | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 25, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) flew doses of the Moderna vaccine to the Montana VA Health Care System (MTVAHCS) last week, as part of a new pilot program providing vaccines to Veterans living in rural parts of the country. Chosen as the initial site for the pilot, MTVAHCS provided 240 Veterans in Havre, Montana with the vaccine. Montana was selected due to size and rurality. It is the country’s fourth largest state and its mountainous terrain makes for difficult driving conditions during the winter. The facility arranged transportation via air charter to deliver the vaccines. “The delivery of the Moderna vaccine to Havre, Montana gives solace knowing we are helping protect rural Montana Veterans from COV...
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Under Secretary for Benefits
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Under Secretary for Benefits | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: May 12, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs established a commission to identify candidates to lead and manage the Veterans Benefits Administration. The position is for the Under Secretary for Benefits, who oversees leadership and direction on non-medical Veterans benefits matters — which has an approximate operating budget of $6.2 billion, an average employment level of 24,700 — and a benefits budget of $135 billion for the delivery of services and benefits to Veterans and their beneficiaries. By law, the appointment is made without regard to political affiliation and solely on demonstrated ability in providing oversight and management of this budget and the ability to develop, defend, and administer a budget of this size a
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases Report detailing Efforts to address COVID-19 Pandemic
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases Report detailing Efforts to address COVID-19 Pandemic | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: May 11, 2021) Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs published a second installment report identifying the department’s strategic response from July 1, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021, to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The results are a continuation of VA’s pledge to share best practices and lessons learned with other government agencies and the private health care system while the country continues to fight COVID-19. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 Response Report Annex A concludes that overall, VA has aligned responsibilities, communicated with stakeholders and employed an operational concept that produced an effective response in support of Veterans and communities around the country. “We created this document so medical professionals can learn from our eff...
    05-12-2021, 01:26 AM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Law expands Veteran Housing Benefits
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Law expands Veteran Housing Benefits | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: May 4, 2021)

    Washington - - May is National Moving Month and many Veterans may find themselves moving to a new address as they take advantage of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded home loan program, which now includes additional benefits for eligible borrowers.

    VA is currently implementing Public Law 116-315 containing three key loan provisions for Vietnam War era Veterans, eligible National Guard members, and service members, Veterans and certain surviving spouses with VA-guaranteed loans. “The law, known as the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 offers new and renewed homeownership possibilities,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy. “These few changes
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    05-07-2021, 12:40 AM
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    Veterans Affairs Research reveals Link between Financial Strains and Risk of Homelessness
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Research reveals Link between Financial Strains and Risk of Homelessness | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: April 6, 2021)

    Washington - - Research findings from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study reveal that issues related to financial strain are significant risk factors for becoming homeless and highlight the need to focus on financial well-being to help prevent homelessness among Veterans.

    The study, led by VA’s National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans (the Center), was published in the March edition of Medical Care. “The study revealed that four types of financial strain — debt, unemployment, lower income and financial crises — increased the risk of future homelessness,” said the Center’s Lead Researcher Eric Elbogen, Ph.D. “Focusing on financial well-being as a whole as part of homeless prevention efforts at
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    04-08-2021, 06:43 AM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Veterans Health Administration Under Secretary
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Veterans Health Administration Under Secretary | site |



    (Information contained in U.S Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: March 9, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established a commission to identify candidates to lead and manage the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The position is for the Under Secretary for Health, who oversees the country’s largest health care system — which has an approximate annual budget of $61 billion — and supervises the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans. By law, the appointment is made without regard to political affiliation and solely on demonstrated ability in the medical profession, policy formulation, and health care administration and fiscal management. Those being considered must have substantial experience in connection with the programs of VHA or prog
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