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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 28, 2021)


    Today, August 28, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar. They discussed a broad range of shared priorities, including continued coordination on Afghanistan and in the United Nations. Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar agreed to remain closely coordinated on shared goals and priorities to deepen the U.S.-India partnership.
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Al-Thani

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Al-Thani | site |



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


    Today, August 27, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the importance of maintaining operations at Hamid Karzai International Airport after the withdrawal of Coalition forces to enable humanitarian aid and essential travel to continue. Secretary Blinken again thanked the Minister for Qatar’s steadfast support, its humanitarian efforts, and its tireless work to facilitate the safe tr
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Grants improve Transitional Housing, prevent Veteran Homelessness

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Grants improve Transitional Housing, prevent Veteran Homelessness | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin awarding $116.4 million in grants Sept. 30 to more than 200 community organizations under VA’s Grant and Per Diem program.

    GPD provides funding to community organizations that provide transitional housing and supportive services for Veterans at risk of or experiencing homelessness and aims to help them achieve residential stability, increase skill levels and income, and obtain greater self-determination.

    “The Grant and Per Diem program is integral to VA’s evidence-based approach to preventing and ending homelessness among Veterans, which remains one of our highest priorities,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough.
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  • Press Conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs

    Press Conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs | site |




    (Information contained in North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] information release dated: 20 August 2021)



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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 20, 2021)


    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani about the latest developments in Afghanistan. The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Qatar’s assistance in facilitating the safe transit of U.S. citizens, Embassy Kabul personnel, and at-risk Afghans through Doha, and commended Qatar for our strong partnership to promote regional security.
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  • Opening Remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs

    Opening Remarks by North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs | site |




    (Information contained in North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] information release dated: 20 August 2021)



    Opening Remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs







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  • Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs

    Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs

    Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs | site |


    Brussels, 20 August 2021


    (Information contained in North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] press release dated: August 19, 2021)


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    An extraordinary virtual meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs will be held via secure teleconference on Friday 20 August 2021. NATO Foreign Ministers will discuss developments in Afghanistan.

    The meeting will be chaired by the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg.
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 19, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar. Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar discussed Afghanistan and agreed to continued coordination.
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ensures access to Health Care as 9/11 Anniversary nears

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ensures access to Health Care as 9/11 Anniversary nears | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: August 12, 2021) Washington - - As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the Department of Veterans Affairs is providing those who served awareness of and access to all their health care services, specifically in areas of mental health and post-traumatic stress care. VA Mental Health officials said there has been an uptick in Veterans seeking help, which could increase more as they come to terms with their service and as the Afghanistan withdrawal comes to completion. “Our nation is indebted to the men and women who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, because they made our world infinitely safer,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “Their service did not come without sacrifice as some carry physical and emotional wounds...
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 17, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, and thanked him for Qatar’s assistance in facilitating the transit of U.S. citizens and Embassy Kabul personnel through Doha. Secretary Blinken and the Foreign Minister discussed the close collaboration on Afghanistan and other bilateral efforts to advance regional security.
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs expands Mandate for COVID-19 Vaccines among VHA Employees

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs expands Mandate for COVID-19 Vaccines among VHA Employees | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: August 12, 2021) Washington - - Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough will expand his previous COVID-19 vaccine mandate Friday, Aug. 13, to apply to most Veterans Health Administration employees and volunteers and contractors who work in VHA facilities, visit VHA facilities or otherwise come into contact with VA patients and healthcare workers as part of their duties. Under the expanded mandate, employees who will need to be vaccinated include Hybrid Title 38 and Title 5 VA health care personnel — such as psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, nursing assistants, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, peer specialists, medical support assistants, engineers, housekeepers and other clinical, administrative and infr...
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  • Veterans Affairs Secretary appoints new Veterans Law Judges to Adjudicate more Appeals for Veterans

    Veterans Affairs Secretary appoints new Veterans Law Judges to Adjudicate more Appeals for Veterans | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: August 9, 2021) Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Board of Veterans’ Appeals appointed 20 new Veterans Law Judges to deliver more Veterans appeals decisions — bringing the total to 113 VLJs. Most of the new VLJs will arrive prior to the end of fiscal year 2021, with additional judges to be appointed in fiscal year 2022. They will further VA’s effort to deliver enhanced benefits and services to Veterans. “Veterans Law Judges are a key part of ensuring Veterans receive the benefits and services they have earned and deserve” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “Once I swear in the new judges, this puts in place added resources to reduce the appeals inventory.” The judges will receive extensive training from s...
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  • Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on Department’s Extension of Moratoriums on Foreclosures and Evictions

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on Department’s Extension of Moratoriums on Foreclosures and Evictions as well as new Mortgage Repayment assistance to help Stabilize vulnerable Households | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: June 24, 2021) As the nation emerges from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated millions of Americans remain in need of mortgage and rental assistance. To provide continued relief to the Veteran and service member community — the Department of Veterans Affairs is extending by an additional month — the foreclosure and eviction moratoriums through July 31. Extending the COVID-19 moratoriums on foreclosures and evictions will allow households that may have fallen behind on their mortgages more time to recover. Ultimately the extension will help thousands of VA home loan borrowers stay in their homes,...
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  • Veterans Affairs Secretary statement on Richard Stone, M.D. stepping down as Acting Under Secretary for Health

    Veterans Affairs Secretary statement on Richard Stone, M.D. stepping down as Acting Under Secretary for Health | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: June 10, 2021) The contributions of Dr. Richard Stone, Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. to the country and Department of Veterans Affairs are immeasurable. I admire and rely on him a great deal and have been discussing this important assignment and his role with him for months. I respect his decision to leave, especially given the reason he told me he would do so: to ensure the incoming Under Secretary, whom I strongly believe needs to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, has the opportunity to fully assume leadership of the Veterans Health Administration. We owe Dr. Stone an immense debt of gratitude for his leadership, especially during the pandemic. When COVID-19 first began to spread, Dr. Stone was among the first people Veterans and their...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs responds with Record Number of Fourth Mission Assignments to assist America during Pandemic

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs responds with Record Number of Fourth Mission Assignments to assist America during Pandemic | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: June 17, 2021)

    Washington - - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, since March 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs has completed 150 Fourth Mission assignments nationwide.

    COVID-19 mission assignments are carried out in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

    Assignments range in scope from:
    • Deploying staff to other VA facilities.
    • Placing VA staff in community medical and long-term care facilities.
    • Caring for civilian in-patients at VA facilities.
    • Helping local governments in need of COVID-19 testing, vaccines and staff.
    “VA nurses, doctors and other staff have volunteered for more than 5,000 deployments supporting missions in State Veterans Homes,...
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 28, 2021)


    Today, August 28, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar. They discussed a broad range of shared priorities, including continued coordination on Afghanistan and in the United Nations. Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar agreed to remain closely coordinated on shared goals and priorities to deepen the U.S.-India partnership.
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    08-31-2021, 04:53 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Al-Thani
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Al-Thani | site |



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


    Today, August 27, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the importance of maintaining operations at Hamid Karzai International Airport after the withdrawal of Coalition forces to enable humanitarian aid and essential travel to continue. Secretary Blinken again thanked the Minister for Qatar’s steadfast support, its humanitarian efforts, and its tireless work to facilitate the safe tr
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    08-31-2021, 04:32 AM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Grants improve Transitional Housing, prevent Veteran Homelessness
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Grants improve Transitional Housing, prevent Veteran Homelessness | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin awarding $116.4 million in grants Sept. 30 to more than 200 community organizations under VA’s Grant and Per Diem program.

    GPD provides funding to community organizations that provide transitional housing and supportive services for Veterans at risk of or experiencing homelessness and aims to help them achieve residential stability, increase skill levels and income, and obtain greater self-determination.

    “The Grant and Per Diem program is integral to VA’s evidence-based approach to preventing and ending homelessness among Veterans, which remains one of our highest priorities,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough.
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    08-29-2021, 03:10 AM
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    Press Conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs
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    Press Conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs | site |




    (Information contained in North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] information release dated: 20 August 2021)



    Press Conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs










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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 20, 2021)


    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani about the latest developments in Afghanistan. The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Qatar’s assistance in facilitating the safe transit of U.S. citizens, Embassy Kabul personnel, and at-risk Afghans through Doha, and commended Qatar for our strong partnership to promote regional security.
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