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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Issues Flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs to Combat COVID-19

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Issues Flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs to Combat COVID-19 | site |




    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has delegated authority to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to issue dual compensation reduction waivers, enabling the VA to quickly reemploy retired subject matter experts and deploy them to where they are needed most to combat COVID-19. The delegation of dual compensation reduction waivers allows the reemployment of civilian retirees to meet the needs of this public health emergency. The VA must respond to patient needs at numerous medical centers, community-based outpatient clinics, cemeteries, community living centers, spinal cord injury units, Veterans Benefits Administration offices, headquarters, and miscellaneous VA program ...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeks to strengthen Care and Benefits for Veterans with 243 Billion Dollars Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeks to strengthen Care and Benefits for Veterans with $243 Billion Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021| site |



    (February 10, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a proposed $243.3 billion budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021.

    The 10.2% increase from FY 2020 will allow VA’s continued commitment to provide Veterans with high quality health care and timely access to benefits and services.

    “The budget request will ensure Veterans and their families experience health improvements and technological modernization advancements,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “That’s evidenced by the increase in budget funds we’re receiving — that not only increase health care services and benefits to Veterans — but allow VA to lead the way in forward thinking innovation.”


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  • Statement from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie

    Statement from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie

    Statement from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie| site |



    (February 3, 2020) - - Today (February 3, 2020), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the following information:


    Statement from Secretary Robert Wilkie:

    Today, I dismissed VA Deputy Secretary James Byrne due to loss of confidence in Mr. Byrne’s ability to carry out his duties. This decision is effective immediately.
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases Updated DOD List Identifying Agent Orange sites Outside of Vietnam

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases Updated DOD List Identifying Agent Orange sites Outside of Vietnam| site |



    (January 27, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released in January an updated Department of Defense (DOD) list of locations outside of Vietnam where tactical herbicides were used, tested or stored by the United States military.

    “This update was necessary to improve accuracy and communication of information,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA depends on DOD to provide information regarding in-service environmental exposure for disability claims based on exposure to herbicides outside of Vietnam."

    DOD conducted a thorough review of research, reports and government publications in response to a November 2018 Government Accountability Office report. “DOD will continue to be responsive
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces Proposed Rule regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-based organizations in VA-supported Social Service Programs

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces Proposed Rule regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-based organizations in VA-supported Social Service Programs| site |




    (January 16, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed a rule, Jan. 16, that would implement President Trump’s, May 3, 2018, Executive Order (EO) establishing a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, to remove regulatory barriers allowing religious and non-religious organizations equal treatment in VA-supported social service programs. The proposed rule ensures VA-supported social service programs are implemented in a manner consistent with the Constitution and other applicable federal law. Under current regulations governing these programs, religious providers of social services — but not other providers of social services — must make referrals und...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Patient Statement Portal now available Online

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Patient Statement Portal now available Online| site |



    (December 20, 2019) - - Today (December 20, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Dec. 18, that Veterans now have digital access to patient statements through AccessVA using their secure information for DS Logon, ID.me or MyHealtheVet Premium.

    Veterans receiving VA care for non-service connected conditions can view, download and print their patient statements using the Veteran Patient Statement selection on the AccessVA homepage. “VA is committed to leveraging technology to help Veterans access their patient information quickly and conveniently,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We believe these advancements will help Veterans manage their healthcare in more efficient ways.” Patient statements are available on AccessVA f
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act claims now being Determined

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act claims now being Determined| site |



    (December 31, 2019) - - Today (December 31, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin deciding claims for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 at 12:01 a.m., Philippine Standard Time, Jan. 1, 2020. The Philippines is the farthest east VA regional benefits office. The Act extends the presumption of herbicide exposure, that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Signed into law Jun. 25, the law specifically affects Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veterans who served no more than 12 nautical miles offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 6, 1962 and May 7, 1975, as well as Veterans who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zo
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs improves Health Care Facility Performance Transparency

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs improves Health Care Facility Performance Transparency | site |



    Move makes it easier for Veterans to compare VA, non-VA health care facilities



    (December 11, 2019) - - Today (December 11, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announced Dec. 11, key changes to increase transparency and ensure Veterans have the best information regarding the performance of VA health care facilities. As part of this effort, VA will discontinue its star-rating system, making it easier for Veterans to compare VA facilities with non-VA facilities in their local area. “Star ratings were developed as an internal tool meant to compare one VA facility to another,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “These ratings do not provide insight as to how our hospitals stack up against nearby non-VA facilities and are therefore...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Patient Statement Portal now Available Online

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Patient Statement Portal now Available Online | site |




    (December 20, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Dec. 18, that Veterans now have digital access to patient statements through AccessVA using their secure information for DS Logon, ID.me or MyHealtheVet Premium.

    Veterans receiving VA care for non-service connected conditions can view, download and print their patient statements using the Veteran Patient Statement selection on the AccessVA homepage. “VA is committed to leveraging technology to help Veterans access their patient information quickly and conveniently,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We believe these advancements will help Veterans manage their healthcare in more efficient ways.” Patient statements are available on AccessVA for up to six
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Introduces New Direct Deposit Options for Veterans, Beneficiaries

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Introduces New Direct Deposit Options for Veterans, Beneficiaries| site |



    Partners with Association of Military Banks of America


    (December 17, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in partnership with the Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA), launched the Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP), available starting Dec. 20. The program will provide Veterans and their beneficiaries the chance to safely, reliably, and inexpensively receive and manage their VA monetary benefits through financial services at participating banks. “VBBP offers another way to simplify banking choices to help eligible Veterans select the right bank for themselves and their families,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “The VA and AMBA are proud to provide this opportunity to connect veterans wit
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Extends Benefits to Offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans January 1st

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Extends Benefits to Offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans January 1st| site |



    Law also affects survivors of Veterans, certain dependents and Veteran homebuyers


    (December 12, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) begins deciding Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 claims, Jan. 1, 2020, extending the presumption of herbicide exposure that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Prior to the measure, only Vietnam War Veterans who served on the ground in Vietnam or within Vietnam’s inland waterways were eligible to receive disability compensation and other benefits based on a presumption of herbicide exposure. Signed into law June 25, the law specifically affects Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veter...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Walmart open Telehealth Locations to Serve Veterans in Rural Areas

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Walmart open Telehealth Locations to Serve Veterans in Rural Areas| site |


    (December 10, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Walmart cut the ribbon in Asheboro, North Carolina, Dec. 10, for a new VA-led Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS) services pilot location. The public-private affiliation provides convenient health care to Veterans in their communities. “This type of collaboration is the way of the future,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Veterans need the expansion of choice, and this partnership is vital to affording them convenient access to VA health care services where they live.” Walmart has donated equipment and space at five sites as part of a pilot initiative allowing Veterans to meet with a VA provider in a private room via video technology. VA teleh
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs inspires Communities to Support Hospitalized Veterans throughout the Holidays

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs inspires Communities to Support Hospitalized Veterans throughout the Holidays | site |



    (December 5, 2019) - - Today (December 5, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging community members, individuals, businesses and organizations to help support hospitalized Veterans nationwide by turning good intentions into action on this International Volunteer Day Dec. 5. Each year, thousands of Veterans spend the holidays at VA inpatient facilities away from family and friends. “The holidays can be an especially lonely and challenging time for hospitalized Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Volunteering is a meaningful way to provide kindness and get into the overall spirit of giving by showing these Veterans that they are not forgotten.” International Volunteer Day, designated by the United Nations
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches National Artificial Intelligence Institute

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches National Artificial Intelligence Institute | site |



    (December 5, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the National Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAII) for advancing the health and well-being of Veterans, as part of the commemoration of National Veterans and Military Families Month in November. The new NAII is incorporating input from Veterans and its partners across federal agencies, industry, nonprofits and academia, to prioritize and realize artificial intelligence (AI) research and development that is meaningful to Veterans and the public. “VA has a unique opportunity to be a leader in artificial intelligence,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA’s artificial intelligence institute will usher in new capabilities and opportunities that will improve health out
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Launches Solid Start to ensure Veterans are Contacted during Initial Transition

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Launches Solid Start to ensure Veterans are Contacted during Initial Transition | site |


    Program provides Veterans supportive contact and information to enable success


    (December 4, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, Dec. 2, introduced VA Solid Start which will proactively contact all newly separated service members at least three times during their first year of transition from the military.

    The program will engage contact with approximately 200,000 Veterans each year and is part of Executive Order 13822 which was issued to improve mental health care and access to suicide prevention resources available to transitioning uniformed service members in the year following discharge, separation or retirement.
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Issues Flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs to Combat COVID-19
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Issues Flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs to Combat COVID-19 | site |




    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has delegated authority to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to issue dual compensation reduction waivers, enabling the VA to quickly reemploy retired subject matter experts and deploy them to where they are needed most to combat COVID-19. The delegation of dual compensation reduction waivers allows the reemployment of civilian retirees to meet the needs of this public health emergency. The VA must respond to patient needs at numerous medical centers, community-based outpatient clinics, cemeteries, community living centers, spinal cord injury units, Veterans Benefits Administration offices, headquarters, and miscellaneous VA program ...
    03-24-2020, 04:31 AM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeks to strengthen Care and Benefits for Veterans with 243 Billion Dollars Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeks to strengthen Care and Benefits for Veterans with $243 Billion Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021| site |



    (February 10, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a proposed $243.3 billion budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021.

    The 10.2% increase from FY 2020 will allow VA’s continued commitment to provide Veterans with high quality health care and timely access to benefits and services.

    “The budget request will ensure Veterans and their families experience health improvements and technological modernization advancements,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “That’s evidenced by the increase in budget funds we’re receiving — that not only increase health care services and benefits to Veterans — but allow VA to lead the way in forward thinking innovation.”


    Budget...
    02-11-2020, 03:43 AM
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    Statement from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie
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    Statement from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie| site |



    (February 3, 2020) - - Today (February 3, 2020), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the following information:


    Statement from Secretary Robert Wilkie:

    Today, I dismissed VA Deputy Secretary James Byrne due to loss of confidence in Mr. Byrne’s ability to carry out his duties. This decision is effective immediately.
    ...
    02-04-2020, 05:49 AM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases Updated DOD List Identifying Agent Orange sites Outside of Vietnam
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases Updated DOD List Identifying Agent Orange sites Outside of Vietnam| site |



    (January 27, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released in January an updated Department of Defense (DOD) list of locations outside of Vietnam where tactical herbicides were used, tested or stored by the United States military.

    “This update was necessary to improve accuracy and communication of information,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA depends on DOD to provide information regarding in-service environmental exposure for disability claims based on exposure to herbicides outside of Vietnam."

    DOD conducted a thorough review of research, reports and government publications in response to a November 2018 Government Accountability Office report. “DOD will continue to be responsive
    ...
    01-27-2020, 08:09 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces Proposed Rule regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-based organizations in VA-supported Social Service Programs
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces Proposed Rule regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-based organizations in VA-supported Social Service Programs| site |




    (January 16, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed a rule, Jan. 16, that would implement President Trump’s, May 3, 2018, Executive Order (EO) establishing a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, to remove regulatory barriers allowing religious and non-religious organizations equal treatment in VA-supported social service programs. The proposed rule ensures VA-supported social service programs are implemented in a manner consistent with the Constitution and other applicable federal law. Under current regulations governing these programs, religious providers of social services — but not other providers of social services — must make referrals und...
    01-17-2020, 10:17 AM

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