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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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  • 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 approves a Dozen new Fisher House Sites

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approves a Dozen new Fisher House Sites

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approves a Dozen new Fisher House Sites | 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) approved 12 VA medical centers as new priority sites for future Fisher Houses to keep Veterans’ loved ones together during medical care. These homes provide short-term accommodations for families and caregivers of hospitalized active-duty or retired military members and Veterans who do not live within commuting distance of a hospital. “Fisher Houses help enhance VA’s services and resources, providing Veterans, their families and caregivers a comforting space to reside during potentially stressful times of recovery and rehabilitation,” said Acting VA Secretary Dat Tran. “The new priority sites will expand the VA Fisher House footprint to 76 homes. These homes sit on VA h...
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  • Veterans Affairs to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to caregivers of Veterans in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to caregivers of Veterans in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers | site |



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

    Washington - - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities will begin offering COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to designated family caregivers of Veterans participating in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). Each facility will determine its own start date based on site-specific resources, needs and vaccine availability. “Caregivers play a critical role in caring for some of our most vulnerable Veterans,” said VA Acting Under Secretary for Health Richard A. Stone, M.D. “One of the most important things we can do for caregivers is to help them take care of themselves. The current pandemic has am...
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  • Biden Administration Enlists GSA Team with a Mix of Obama Veterans and Public-Private Sector Expertise

    Biden Administration Enlists GSA Team with a Mix of Obama Veterans and Public/Private Sector Expertise | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration press release dated: January 20, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is set to begin work on the four key priorities of the Biden Administration to include COVID relief, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate. The appointees selected are a combination of seasoned Obama-Biden administration officials and others with public/private sector experience specifically in climate and technology.

    Among these appointees are:

    - Katy Kale, former Assistant to the President for Management and Administration under President Obama and GSA Chief of Staff has been appointed the Deputy Administrator and will serve as the Acting Administrator.

    - Sonny Hashmi, former Chief Information Officer of GSA and
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces Biden Administration Appointees

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces Biden Administration Appointees | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 20, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the names of several key Biden administration political appointees joining the department.

    Paula Molloy, PhD, assistant secretary, Human Resources and Administration/ Operations, Security and Preparedness: Paula Molloy rejoins VA after serving as chief administrative officer for the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), an independent federal agency since 2017. Molloy served as VA assistant deputy undersecretary for Health for Workforce Services, leading the strategic integration of initiatives to support human capital systems for more than 320,000 Veteran Health Administration employees and over 120,000 health professions trainees.

    Kayla M. Williams,
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says VA plays Crucial Role in COVID-19 Treatment Study

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says VA plays Crucial Role in COVID-19 Treatment Study | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 19, 2021)

    Washington - - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers and Veteran volunteers from the Atlanta and San Antonio VA medical centers were part of a recently published study that yielded crucial insights into COVID-19 treatment.

    The study published Dec. 11, 2020, by the New England Journal of Medicine, showed the drugs baricitinib and remdesivir combined were far better at improving and reducing recovery time of COVID-19 patients than treatment with remdesivir alone. “Safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are being rolled out in VA and other health care settings, but finding treatments remains crucial,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA researchers and all the Veterans who volunteer for studies are contributing to steady p
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  • Veterans Affairs, Israel Ministry of Defense renew Partnership to Share Best Practices in Veteran Health Care

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Israel Ministry of Defense renew Partnership to Share Best Practices in Veteran Health Care
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 15, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is renewing its partnership with the Israel Ministry of Defense to continue sharing expertise on caring for Veterans. The partnership focuses on enhancing the quality of life for Veterans through the delivery of state-of-the-art, evidenced-based physical and mental health care that leverages the experience, resources and research of both partners. “The partnership with the Ministry will augment the important work VA does to support Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This collaboration will also identify opportunities for VA and the Ministry to share best practices in polytrauma rehabilitation and assessment, treatme...
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches Public Guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal Information
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    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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    02-26-2021, 06:16 AM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces additional Leadership Appointments
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    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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    02-23-2021, 05:02 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers continued Debt Relief Options to Veterans
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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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    02-19-2021, 10:20 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Veterans Affairs receives additional 200,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to administer to Veterans, Employees
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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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    02-11-2021, 06:27 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Veterans Affairs says it advances Medical Research for Minority Veterans with new Genomic Tool
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    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
    ...
    02-10-2021, 05:05 AM

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