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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statement on GPO Printing and Mailing delay

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statement on GPO Printing and Mailing delay

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statement on GPO Printing and Mailing delay | site |



    A statement on GPO printing and mailing delay



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs [VA] press release dated: November 30, 2021)


    A statement on GPO printing and mailing delay

    Washington - - Due to supply chain and staffing shortages, the vendor contracted by the Government Publishing Office to provide printing services for the Department of Veterans Affairs is experiencing delays in printing and mailing notification letters to Veterans and claimants. The disruption may impact the ability of some claimants to meet required deadlines via written correspondence with VA. In response to the mailing delays and to protect the best interest of claimants, the Veterans Benefits Administration is extending their response period by 90-calendar days for claimants with letters dated between July 13, 20...
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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

    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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  • 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

    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. 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

    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

    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

    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. Small Business Administration Announces Funding Competition to Organizations Providing Federal Procurement Training to Veteran Entrepreneurs

    U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Funding Competition to Organizations Providing Federal Procurement Training to Veteran Entrepreneurs | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: June 12, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced that non-profit organizations and private sector firms are now eligible to compete for funding of up to $500,000 to deliver federal procurement training to veteran and service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs. The application period begins today through July 12, 2021.

    Up to two awardees will use the $500,000 in total funding to participate in the Veteran Federal Procurement Entrepreneurship Training Program (SB-OVVT-21-001) with grants from SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. Awards will be made for a base project period of 12 months, with three option periods of 12 months each. These funds will be used
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  • Mobius delivers first of 50 IBots to VA to determine how Machines may help Veterans

    Mobius delivers first of 50 IBots to VA to determine how Machines may help Veterans

    Mobius delivers first of 50 IBots to VA to determine how Machines may help Veterans | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs accepted a donation of 50 iBOT Personal Mobility Devices from Mobius Mobility LLC, May 27 to help Veterans with spinal cord injuries regain their autonomy.

    The iBOT PMD increases the user’s mobility by allowing them to independently elevate, interact at eye-level, climb stairs and cross various terrains.

    As part of the “Operation Mobility Tour” kickoff, Acting VA Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Carolyn Clancy, M.D. welcomed the first donation at the VA East Orange Medical Center from Dean Kamen, inventor of the iBOT PMD and president of DEKA Research and Development. An iBOT was donated to the center’s Spinal Cord Injuries/Disorders Center as well as the first
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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Awards Funding to Veterans Business Outreach Center at the University of Maryland, College Park

    U.S. Small Business Administration Awards Funding to Veterans Business Outreach Center at the University of Maryland, College Park | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: June 10, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced the awarding of $400,000 in funding to the University of Maryland, Division of Research to provide training and counseling as a Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) serving veteran small business owners in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

    The funding opportunity, offered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, has an initial project year of 11 months with up to four additional one-year option periods, subject to the availability of funds. The project period is effective starting June 1, 2021 and ends on April 30, 2026. “The military small business community – which inclu
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  • Veterans Affairs, Salesforce join forces to help Veterans, their Spouses develop Skills needed in Tech Sector Jobs

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Salesforce join forces to help Veterans, their Spouses develop Skills needed in Tech Sector Jobs | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: June 10, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with Salesforce Military to offer programs that will help Veterans and spouses develop skills and employment options in the tech-driven economy.

    The partnership will build on existing programs and add new ones, offering free technical skills training, career development and Veteran-specific resources in a variety of areas, including:
    “Our military men and women are technologically savvy and the best trained in the world but translating those skills to the civilian workforce can be challenging. Finding positions...
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  • Veterans Affairs seeks increase in Academic Relationships with Minority-serving Institutions to expand Health Professions Training

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeks increase in Academic Relationships with Minority-serving Institutions to expand Health Professions Training | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated June 9, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hosted the 2021 Minority Summit: The Power of Collaborating with VA, June 9, to strengthen and expand its relationships with minority-serving colleges, universities and medical schools, and professional organizations. VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations hosted more than 700 participants in a collaborative effort to increase academic affiliations with minority-serving institutions to create a more diverse cadre of health professions trainees to learn and care for Veteran patients at VA. Summit discussions centered around affiliation, scholarship and research opportunities available through VA. Included were panels comprised of representa...
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  • Veterans Affairs' Rapid Naloxone Initiative recognized in Fight against Opioid Overdose Deaths

    Veterans Affairs' Rapid Naloxone Initiative recognized in Fight against Opioid Overdose Deaths

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Rapid Naloxone Initiative recognized in Fight against Opioid Overdose Deaths | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    Washington - - A life-saving initiative developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs is recognized as the 2020 recipient of the John M. Eisenberg National Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality Award by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum.

    The award acknowledges the national impact of VA’s advancements in preventing opioid overdose deaths and improving the quality and safety of care that patients receive.

    The VA Rapid Naloxone Initiative provides free Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution to Veteran patients at risk for opioid overdose. This also includes stocking Automated External Defibrillator cabinets in high risk areas with naloxone and VA Police having
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  • Veterans Affairs plans expansion of Benefits for Disability Claims for Conditions related to certain Toxic Exposures

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans expansion of Benefits for Disability Claims for Conditions related to certain Toxic Exposures | site |


    VA says new evaluation process to be applied in identifying future presumptive conditions


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: May 27, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today two major decisions related to presumptive conditions associated with Agent Orange and particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia.

    Agent Orange VA will begin implementing provisions of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Public Law 116-283), adding three conditions to the list of those presumptively associated with exposure to herbicide agents, more commonly known as Agent Orange. Those conditions are bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkins
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statement on GPO Printing and Mailing delay
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statement on GPO Printing and Mailing delay | site |



    A statement on GPO printing and mailing delay



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs [VA] press release dated: November 30, 2021)


    A statement on GPO printing and mailing delay

    Washington - - Due to supply chain and staffing shortages, the vendor contracted by the Government Publishing Office to provide printing services for the Department of Veterans Affairs is experiencing delays in printing and mailing notification letters to Veterans and claimants. The disruption may impact the ability of some claimants to meet required deadlines via written correspondence with VA. In response to the mailing delays and to protect the best interest of claimants, the Veterans Benefits Administration is extending their response period by 90-calendar days for claimants with letters dated between July 13, 20...
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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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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ensures access to Health Care as 9/11 Anniversary nears
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    (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...
    08-20-2021, 02:11 PM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs expands Mandate for COVID-19 Vaccines among VHA Employees
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    (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...
    08-16-2021, 11:03 AM
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    Veterans Affairs Secretary appoints new Veterans Law Judges to Adjudicate more Appeals for Veterans
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    (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...
    08-14-2021, 07:43 PM

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