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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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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  • Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries plan mass Flag placements, virtual Memorial Day events

    Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries plan mass Flag placements, virtual Memorial Day events | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: May 24, 2021) Washington - - Veterans Affairs national cemeteries will allow mass flag placements across the U.S. to commemorate Memorial Day. This is one of many events and ceremonies scheduled this year and consistent with the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. Volunteers wishing to place flags should contact their local national cemetery. “Memorial Day is a sacred day where we remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said. “We can never forget these heroes nor the families who continue to grieve the loss of their mother, father, son, daughter, sister or brother who stood in the gap for each of us to maintain the very democracy that we are able to treasure...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Readjudicate Veteran and Survivor Claims for possible Herbicide Exposure

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Readjudicate Veteran and Survivor Claims for possible Herbicide Exposure | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: May 14, 2021)

    Washington - - Veterans who were previously denied service connection for an herbicide related presumptive condition due to lack of in-country Vietnam service will have their claims automatically readjudicated by VA. The department began readjudicating claims in April for Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War but were denied for one or more herbicide related conditions, on the basis that military service was not performed on the landmass of the Republic of Vietnam or on its inland waterways. “Readjudication means VA will review the evidence of record and provide replacement decisions in the cases of Veterans who were previously denied service connection bene
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary recognizes six Nationwide for Dedication, Service to Veterans

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary recognizes six Nationwide for Dedication, Service to Veterans | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: May 12, 2021)

    Washington - - Five nurses and a medical center director from across the Department of Veterans Affairs received top awards for their outstanding work advancing nursing programs.

    VA Secretary Denis McDonough, in conjunction with National Nurses Month, awarded the following employees the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nursing and Advancement of Nursing Programs for their dedication and work to improve health care services for Veterans:
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Under Secretary for Benefits

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Under Secretary for Benefits | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: May 12, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs established a commission to identify candidates to lead and manage the Veterans Benefits Administration. The position is for the Under Secretary for Benefits, who oversees leadership and direction on non-medical Veterans benefits matters — which has an approximate operating budget of $6.2 billion, an average employment level of 24,700 — and a benefits budget of $135 billion for the delivery of services and benefits to Veterans and their beneficiaries. By law, the appointment is made without regard to political affiliation and solely on demonstrated ability in providing oversight and management of this budget and the ability to develop, defend, and administer a budget of this size a
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases Report detailing Efforts to address COVID-19 Pandemic

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases Report detailing Efforts to address COVID-19 Pandemic | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: May 11, 2021) Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs published a second installment report identifying the department’s strategic response from July 1, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021, to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The 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 continues to fight COVID-19. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 Response Report Annex A concludes that overall, VA has aligned responsibilities, communicated with stakeholders and employed an operational concept that produced an effective response in support of Veterans and communities around the country. “We created this document so medical professionals can learn from our eff...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Law expands Veteran Housing Benefits

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Law expands Veteran Housing Benefits | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: May 4, 2021)

    Washington - - May is National Moving Month and many Veterans may find themselves moving to a new address as they take advantage of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded home loan program, which now includes additional benefits for eligible borrowers.

    VA is currently implementing Public Law 116-315 containing three key loan provisions for Vietnam War era Veterans, eligible National Guard members, and service members, Veterans and certain surviving spouses with VA-guaranteed loans. “The law, known as the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 offers new and renewed homeownership possibilities,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy. “These few changes
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  • Veterans Affairs Research reveals Link between Financial Strains and Risk of Homelessness

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Research reveals Link between Financial Strains and Risk of Homelessness | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: April 6, 2021)

    Washington - - Research findings from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study reveal that issues related to financial strain are significant risk factors for becoming homeless and highlight the need to focus on financial well-being to help prevent homelessness among Veterans.

    The study, led by VA’s National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans (the Center), was published in the March edition of Medical Care. “The study revealed that four types of financial strain — debt, unemployment, lower income and financial crises — increased the risk of future homelessness,” said the Center’s Lead Researcher Eric Elbogen, Ph.D. “Focusing on financial well-being as a whole as part of homeless prevention efforts at
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Veterans Health Administration Under Secretary

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Veterans Health Administration Under Secretary | site |



    (Information contained in U.S Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: March 9, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established a commission to identify candidates to lead and manage the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The position is for the Under Secretary for Health, who oversees the country’s largest health care system — which has an approximate annual budget of $61 billion — and supervises the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans. By law, the appointment is made without regard to political affiliation and solely on demonstrated ability in the medical profession, policy formulation, and health care administration and fiscal management. Those being considered must have substantial experience in connection with the programs of VHA or prog
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    Veterans Affairs Secretary statement on Richard Stone, M.D. stepping down as Acting Under Secretary for Health
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    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...
    06-21-2021, 04:00 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs responds with Record Number of Fourth Mission Assignments to assist America during Pandemic
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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,...
    06-18-2021, 08:09 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Mobius delivers first of 50 IBots to VA to determine how Machines may help Veterans
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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
    ...
    06-16-2021, 07:17 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Veterans Affairs, Salesforce join forces to help Veterans, their Spouses develop Skills needed in Tech Sector Jobs
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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...
    06-11-2021, 09:20 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Veterans Affairs seeks increase in Academic Relationships with Minority-serving Institutions to expand Health Professions Training
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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...
    06-10-2021, 10:17 AM

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