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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Solid Start program makes Strides in First Year

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Solid Start program makes Strides in First Year | site |


    VA says successful contact made with recently separated Veterans during first 365-days following transition from military service


    (Information contained in U.S Department of Veterans Affairs press release: December 2, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, as VA Solid Start celebrates its one year anniversary — the Veterans Benefits Administration connected with nearly 70,000 newly-separated service members. Annually, the program aims to proactively contact Veterans three times during their first year of transition from military to civilian life at the 90-, 180- and 360-day mark after separation. “The department’s efforts have been effective,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Approximately 124,000 service members separated from the military in fiscal year 2020, and nearly 60% of those
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Commemorates addition of Western New York National Cemetery

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Commemorates addition of Western New York National Cemetery | site |


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: November 30, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today dedicated a new 269-acre national cemetery in Corfu, New York, 20 miles east of Buffalo — to provide for the first time — a nearby VA burial option for an estimated 77,100 Veterans and their eligible family members.

    VA Secretary Robert Wilkie along with Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves, New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and U.S. Representative Chris Jacobs unveiled the dedication plaque for Western New York National Cemetery. "Our nation owes a debt to our Veterans who served and sacrificed so that we all could enjoy the blessings of liberty," said Wilkie. "It is a tremendous honor for me, on behalf of VA, to provide the Veteran
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognized for Impact on Lives of Blue Water Navy Veterans

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognized for Impact on Lives of Blue Water Navy Veterans | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: November 25, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals has awarded the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Blue Water Navy (BWN) communications and outreach campaign with a 2020 MarCom Platinum Award.

    The campaign increased awareness about the BWN Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 which extended the presumption of exposure to herbicides such as Agent Orange to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. “VA supports BWN Veterans, their families and survivors around the country,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilke. “Ensuring Veterans and their families are aware of the benefits available to them is a priority
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  • U.S. Veterans Affairs Program helping more Veterans connect with Bank, Credit Union Account choices

    U.S. Veterans Affairs Program helping more Veterans connect with Bank, Credit Union Account choices | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: November 20, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today at least 25,000 more Veterans are now receiving monetary benefits through federally-insured banks and credit unions — mitigating their risk of fraud occurrence.

    Prior to the inception of the Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP), established in December 2019, Veterans who did not have bank accounts were only able to receive monetary benefits through pre-paid debit cards or paper checks. “At any given time, there are approximately 250,000 Veterans who do not have bank accounts, and as a result of the Veterans Benefits Administration working diligently to contact Veterans directly by mail and telephone calls to explain the benefits of switchin
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  • Veterans Affairs, Federal Partners plan for COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution

    Veterans Affairs, Federal Partners plan for COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution

    Veterans Affairs, Federal Partners plan for COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution | site |


    (November 17, 2020) - - On November 17, 2020 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information: Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 vaccine plan to ensure VA safely and equitably distributes vaccines once authorized. The plan will be a phased approach based on scientific and historical evidence, lessons learned from past pandemic vaccine plans and input from scientific experts both within and outside VA. “In October, staff at VA medical facilities conducted important planning exercises in preparation for the vaccine,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “These exercises help us to address vaccine distribution, allocation, safety monitoring and supply tracking.” COVID-19 v...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognized for Clear, Consistent Communication to Veterans

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognized for Clear, Consistent Communication to Veterans | site |



    (November 13, 2020) - - On November 13, 2020 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, that for the second consecutive year, the organization received a top grade from the Center for Plain Language in its annual Federal Report Card.

    The 2020 Federal Plain Language Report Card awarded VA an “A-” score in the category of “writing quality.”

    In 2019, VA received an “A” grade in the same category and drew specific praise from the center for VA’s suicide prevention resource page. “This recognition highlights the ongoing efforts VA makes to clearly communicate critical information to our Veterans, their families and their caregivers,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “As we continue prioritizing timely delivery of
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs confirms Authority for its Health Care Professionals to Practice across State Lines

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs confirms Authority for its Health Care Professionals to Practice across State Lines | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - Today, November 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it published an interim final rule affirming VA’s current policy allowing VA health care professionals to practice across state lines in accordance with the scope and requirements of their VA employment, regardless of conflicting state requirements.

    This regulation allows VA the flexibility to mobilize and hire qualified health care professionals from any state and quickly place them in areas of need — which is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    VA maintains and continues to exercise this authority. Reaching beyond the coronavirus pandemic and as identified in “VA’s Fourth Mission”,
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  • Veterans Affairs releases 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report

    Veterans Affairs releases 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report | site |


    (November 12, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released today the 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report which found no significant increases in the Veteran suicide rate from 2017-2018, average suicide deaths per day or total count of Veteran suicides — however, there were positive trends related to VA health care and suicide prevention efforts overall.

    The report includes analyses of Veteran suicide from 2005-2018 and findings from ongoing monitoring of VA health system suicide-related indicators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “The suicide data presented in this new report is an integral part of VA’s Public Health Model for Suicide Prevention, which combines evidence-based clinical interventions
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases COVID-19 Response Report

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases COVID-19 Response Report

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases COVID-19 Response Report | site |


    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs today announced publication of its Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response Report detailing its efforts to address the pandemic from early January through June 30. The report 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 fights COVID-19. “As the nation’s largest integrated health care system, VA’s COVID-19 response has been robust and far-reaching. This includes 24 current and 75 completed Fourth Mission assignments involving more than 2,000 VA employees helping to support non-Veteran patients and non-VA health care systems,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This
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  • VA Partnership helps secure Permanent Housing for more than 4,000 formerly Homeless Veterans

    Department of Veterans Affairs Partnership helps secure Permanent Housing for more than 4,000 formerly Homeless Veterans | site |


    (October 30, 2020) - - On October 30, 2020 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today their partnership with Veterans Matter has helped more than 4,000 Veterans exit homelessness and move into permanent housing since 2012.

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA’s Supportive Housing program, known as HUD-VASH, works with Veterans Matter to help Veterans experiencing homelessness and who qualify for rental subsidies to cover the cost of security deposits. “Collaborations with organizations like Veterans Matter is fundamental to achieving our goal of ending homelessness among Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We celebrate the more than 4,000 Veterans that have stable hous
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  • U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Wilkie Thanks President Trump for Making “988” America’s New National Suicide Prevention Number

    U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Wilkie Thanks President Trump for Making “988” America’s New National Suicide Prevention Number | site |



    (October 17, 2020) - - Today, October 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the following information: Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following statement after President Trump signed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act: “People in distress and in need of timely care should face the fewest obstacles possible to get help. The bill President Trump signed today will soon make it easier for those at risk to be quickly connected to a trained responder and will help save lives.” Currently, anyone in need of timely crisis suicide prevention resources can reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline by dialing 1-800-273-8255. Veterans who call that number can press 1 to be connected to the Veterans Crisis Line. During the ...
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  • Veterans Affairs completes Secure Transfer of Veteran Data ahead of new Electronic Health Record Launch

    Veterans Affairs completes Secure Transfer of Veteran Data ahead of new Electronic Health Record Launch | site |



    VA completes secure transfer of Veteran data ahead of new electronic health record launch


    (October 15, 2020) - - Today, October 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it completed transferring patient data into its new electronic health record (EHR) solution in preparation for the system’s launch in the Pacific Northwest later this month.

    The Oct. 1 migration includes clinical and demographic data for approximately 88,000 Veterans and equips VA health care providers with a longitudinal view of patient information when using the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) solution at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Spokane, Washington. “Giving our VA clinicians quick, secu
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  • Department of Veterans Affairs says Federal Electronic Health Record connects with more Community Partners

    Department of Veterans Affairs says Federal Electronic Health Record connects with more Community Partners | site |


    VA says addition of new health care network enhances patient care


    (October 13, 2020) - - Today, October 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM) program office announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) expanded their joint health information exchange (HIE) network with the private sector, Oct. 9, after connecting with the CommonWell Health Alliance. CommonWell brings a nationwide network of more than 15,000 hospitals and clinics to the 46,000 community partners already part of the joint HIE. Launched earlier this year, the joint HIE is a modernized health data sharing capability that enhances the abili...
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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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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Solid Start program makes Strides in First Year
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Solid Start program makes Strides in First Year | site |


    VA says successful contact made with recently separated Veterans during first 365-days following transition from military service


    (Information contained in U.S Department of Veterans Affairs press release: December 2, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, as VA Solid Start celebrates its one year anniversary — the Veterans Benefits Administration connected with nearly 70,000 newly-separated service members. Annually, the program aims to proactively contact Veterans three times during their first year of transition from military to civilian life at the 90-, 180- and 360-day mark after separation. “The department’s efforts have been effective,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Approximately 124,000 service members separated from the military in fiscal year 2020, and nearly 60% of those
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    12-03-2020, 08:34 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Commemorates addition of Western New York National Cemetery
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Commemorates addition of Western New York National Cemetery | site |


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: November 30, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today dedicated a new 269-acre national cemetery in Corfu, New York, 20 miles east of Buffalo — to provide for the first time — a nearby VA burial option for an estimated 77,100 Veterans and their eligible family members.

    VA Secretary Robert Wilkie along with Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves, New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and U.S. Representative Chris Jacobs unveiled the dedication plaque for Western New York National Cemetery. "Our nation owes a debt to our Veterans who served and sacrificed so that we all could enjoy the blessings of liberty," said Wilkie. "It is a tremendous honor for me, on behalf of VA, to provide the Veteran
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    12-01-2020, 02:49 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognized for Impact on Lives of Blue Water Navy Veterans
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognized for Impact on Lives of Blue Water Navy Veterans | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: November 25, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals has awarded the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Blue Water Navy (BWN) communications and outreach campaign with a 2020 MarCom Platinum Award.

    The campaign increased awareness about the BWN Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 which extended the presumption of exposure to herbicides such as Agent Orange to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. “VA supports BWN Veterans, their families and survivors around the country,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilke. “Ensuring Veterans and their families are aware of the benefits available to them is a priority
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    11-26-2020, 04:58 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Veterans Affairs Program helping more Veterans connect with Bank, Credit Union Account choices
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Veterans Affairs Program helping more Veterans connect with Bank, Credit Union Account choices | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: November 20, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today at least 25,000 more Veterans are now receiving monetary benefits through federally-insured banks and credit unions — mitigating their risk of fraud occurrence.

    Prior to the inception of the Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP), established in December 2019, Veterans who did not have bank accounts were only able to receive monetary benefits through pre-paid debit cards or paper checks. “At any given time, there are approximately 250,000 Veterans who do not have bank accounts, and as a result of the Veterans Benefits Administration working diligently to contact Veterans directly by mail and telephone calls to explain the benefits of switchin
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    11-24-2020, 12:11 PM
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    Veterans Affairs, Federal Partners plan for COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution
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    Veterans Affairs, Federal Partners plan for COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution | site |


    (November 17, 2020) - - On November 17, 2020 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information: Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 vaccine plan to ensure VA safely and equitably distributes vaccines once authorized. The plan will be a phased approach based on scientific and historical evidence, lessons learned from past pandemic vaccine plans and input from scientific experts both within and outside VA. “In October, staff at VA medical facilities conducted important planning exercises in preparation for the vaccine,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “These exercises help us to address vaccine distribution, allocation, safety monitoring and supply tracking.” COVID-19 v...
    11-19-2020, 08:57 AM

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