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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Reports Significant increase in Veteran use of Telehealth Services

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Reports Significant increase in Veteran use of Telehealth Services | site |



    (November 22, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) found more than 900,000 Veterans used VA telehealth services in fiscal year 2019 (FY) as revealed in a mid-October report. The 17% increase over the prior fiscal year contributed to VA’s delivery of more than 2.6 million episodes of telehealth care in FY 2019. “VA is committed to offering Veterans the health care they deserve, whenever and wherever they need it,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We want every Veteran to have a choice to schedule an in-person, telephone or video visit with their providers depending on their preferences for health care delivery.” This comes as VA improves its efforts to inform Veterans about telehealth service options, and wit...
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  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Releases Video Featuring Formerly Homeless Veteran

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Releases Video Featuring Formerly Homeless Veteran | site |



    (November 15, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today launched the latest story in the “Humans of HUD” campaign, which features photos and videos of individuals who have overcome hardships with assistance from HUD. Porsche Williams, a U.S. Navy veteran talks about experiencing homelessness and how the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program helped her find a place to call home. This week, HUD announced veteran homelessness in the U.S. continues to decline according to a new national estimate which indicates the total number of reported veterans experiencing homelessness in 2019 decreased 2.1 percent.



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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognizes Vietnam Veteran with first Medal of Honor Medallion during Ceremony at Mississippi Cemetery

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognizes Vietnam Veteran with first Medal of Honor Medallion during Ceremony at Mississippi Cemetery



    Washington, DC - - (November 2, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnished the first Medal of Honor (MOH) Medallion for the private headstone of Pfc. Milton L. Olive III, a decorated Vietnam-era war hero, during a ceremony Nov. 1 at West Grove Cemetery in Lexington, Mississippi.

    With the passage of Public Law 114-315 on Dec. 16, 2016, Congress authorized VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) to issue, upon request, a medallion, headstone or marker signifying a Veteran as an MOH recipient who served on or after April 6, 1917, and is buried in a private cemetery with a private headstone or marker. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie saluted Olive for his selfless bravery during a battle in the Vietnam conflict. “Private Fi
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  • Decline in Veteran Homelessness Announced

    Decline in Veteran Homelessness Announced

    Decline in Veteran Homelessness Announced


    Number of homeless vets drops 5.4% since last year and by nearly half since 2010



    Washington, DC - - (November 1, 2018) - - Veteran homelessness in the U.S. continues to decline according to a new national estimate announced today by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson. HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report finds the total number of reported veterans experiencing homelessness in 2018 decreased 5.4 percent since last year, falling to nearly half of the number of homeless veterans reported in 2010.

    In announcing the latest annual estimate, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie noted that local communities are reporting reductions in the number of veterans in their shelter systems and on their streets. View local estimates of veteran hom
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  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Celebrates National Family Caregivers Month

    U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Celebrates National Family Caregivers Month



    Washington, DC - - (November 1, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is commemorating National Family Caregivers Month this November by honoring the service of 5.5 million family members and friends who have dedicated their lives to providing much-needed care for chronically ill, injured or disabled Veterans. “Caregivers make tremendous sacrifices to address the daily needs of Veterans who served our nation,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “These mothers, wives, fathers, husbands and other loved ones deserve our recognition and support for all they do to care for Veterans.” Caregivers provide a valuable service to Veterans by assisting them beyond the walls of VA medical facilities with much-needed support, such as accessing the health care system, providing emotional and physical ...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Fund First National Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Fund First National Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research




    Washington, DC - - (September 7, 2018) - - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will fund a new center of excellence to expand the department’s capacity to deliver innovative, data-driven and integrated approaches to improve services for Veterans and their caregivers.

    Managed by VA’s Office of Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D), the first of its kind center will be named for Sen. Elizabeth Dole in recognition of her national leadership and advocacy on behalf of the nation’s 5.5 million military and Veteran caregivers, and her support for the landmark RAND Corp. research on their challenges. The Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research will serve as the model for excellence in peer-review
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  • Veteran Affairs VEText System Transforming VA’s Medical Scheduling Process

    Veteran Affairs VEText System Transforming VA’s Medical Scheduling Process


    Text messaging improves access, reducing thousands of missed appointments


    July 24, 2018



    Washington, DC - - (July 17, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched VEText, a text messaging appointment-reminder system, which to date has helped VA reduce no-show medical visits by more than 100,000. VA introduced VEText in March and 138 VA facilities are currently using the automated interactive text-message system, which reminds Veterans of upcoming health-care appointments, allowing them easily to confirm or cancel the event. “Every missed appointment represents a lost opportunity to provide faster access to care for a Veteran in need,” said VA’s Acting Secretary Peter O’Rourke. “VEText underscores VA’s commitment to digital modernizatio
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Issues New Policy to Protect Veteran Homeowners from Predatory Lending

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Issues New Policy to Protect Veteran Homeowners from Predatory Lending




    Washington, DC - - (June 15, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a new policy implementing the May 2018 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, to protect Veteran homeowners from predatory lending practices when obtaining a VA-guaranteed refinance loan. The act helps protect Veterans and service members from the dangers associated with repeatedly refinancing their home loans, requiring, among other things, the seasoning of the original loan and a recoupment period for fees, closing costs, and expenses related to the refinance. “We want to ensure Veterans have the informed ability to take advantage of economic opportunities and make sound decisions that enable them to prosper when using their benefits,” said Acting VA Secretar...
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  • Veteran Affairs’ Board of Veterans’ Appeals Resolves Record Number of Claims to Date for FY 2018

    Veteran Affairs’ Board of Veterans’ Appeals Resolves Record Number of Claims to Date for FY 2018



    Washington, DC - - (June 4, 2018) - - Underscoring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) pledge to reduce the wait time for those appealing disability benefits claims, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, as of May 27, has signed more than 53,650 decisions to date in fiscal year (FY) 2018, which is approximately 86 percent more than the 28,839 decisions signed through the same period last year.

    The Board is currently on track to meet and exceed its FY 2018 total goal of reviewing a historic 81,000 appeals by Sept. 30, 2018.

    This pace paves the way for implementation of the Appeals Modernization Act, which has a target implementation date of Feb. 14, 2019, and will offer Veterans more choice and control over their claims and appeals process. “I’m proud of the Boar
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Small Business Administration Team up to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Small Business Administration Team up to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs




    Washington, DC - - (May 4, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide education and support to disabled Veterans interested in self-employment.

    VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) entered into an agreement with the SBA Office of Veterans Business Development in early December to provide self-employment guidance, assistance and on-the-job training to disabled Veterans. “Our partnership with the Small Business Administration brings together the best of public and private business resources to help disabled Veterans start their business on a firm footing,” said VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This program is available to Veterans who want to transition
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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Names Arlington Veteran Champion As The 2018 DFW District Veteran Business Champion of the Year

    U.S. Small Business Administration Names Arlington Veteran Champion As The 2018 DFW District Veteran Business Champion of the Year!


    DALLAS/FORT WORTH DISTRICT

    2018 DFW District Veteran Business Champion of the Year

    Myron Pullum, Business Advisor at the UTA Veterans Business Outreach Center




    SBA winners to be formally recognized in Arlington on May 4th during National Small Business Week, April 29th – May 5th



    Dallas/Fort Worth, TX - - (April 26, 2018) - - Herbert Austin, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Dallas/Fort Worth District Office, announced today this year’s 2018 DFW District Veteran Business Champion of the Year Award will go to Myron Pullum, Business Advisor at the University of Texas at Arlington Veterans Business Outreach Center. Myron serves a three sta
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  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Charges Oklahoma Landlords with Discriminating Against Veteran with Disabilities

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Charges Oklahoma Landlords with Discriminating Against Veteran with Disabilities






    February 8, 2017


    Washington, DC - - (February 7, 2017) - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging the landlords of a Moore, Oklahoma rental home with violating the Fair Housing Act by denying the reasonable accommodation requests of their tenant, a veteran with disabilities. Read the charge. The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing providers from denying or limiting housing to persons with disabilities, or from refusing to make reasonable accommodations in policies or practices for people with disabilities. This includes waiving pet fees for persons with disabilities who use assistance animals. The case came to HUD’s attention when a combat veteran living with a mental disability who uses an emotional support animal filed a complaint alleg
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Reports Significant increase in Veteran use of Telehealth Services
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Reports Significant increase in Veteran use of Telehealth Services | site |



    (November 22, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) found more than 900,000 Veterans used VA telehealth services in fiscal year 2019 (FY) as revealed in a mid-October report. The 17% increase over the prior fiscal year contributed to VA’s delivery of more than 2.6 million episodes of telehealth care in FY 2019. “VA is committed to offering Veterans the health care they deserve, whenever and wherever they need it,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We want every Veteran to have a choice to schedule an in-person, telephone or video visit with their providers depending on their preferences for health care delivery.” This comes as VA improves its efforts to inform Veterans about telehealth service options, and wit...
    11-27-2019, 04:41 AM
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Releases Video Featuring Formerly Homeless Veteran
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Releases Video Featuring Formerly Homeless Veteran | site |



    (November 15, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today launched the latest story in the “Humans of HUD” campaign, which features photos and videos of individuals who have overcome hardships with assistance from HUD. Porsche Williams, a U.S. Navy veteran talks about experiencing homelessness and how the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program helped her find a place to call home. This week, HUD announced veteran homelessness in the U.S. continues to decline according to a new national estimate which indicates the total number of reported veterans experiencing homelessness in 2019 decreased 2.1 percent.



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    11-21-2019, 04:36 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognizes Vietnam Veteran with first Medal of Honor Medallion during Ceremony at Mississippi Cemetery
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognizes Vietnam Veteran with first Medal of Honor Medallion during Ceremony at Mississippi Cemetery



    Washington, DC - - (November 2, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnished the first Medal of Honor (MOH) Medallion for the private headstone of Pfc. Milton L. Olive III, a decorated Vietnam-era war hero, during a ceremony Nov. 1 at West Grove Cemetery in Lexington, Mississippi.

    With the passage of Public Law 114-315 on Dec. 16, 2016, Congress authorized VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) to issue, upon request, a medallion, headstone or marker signifying a Veteran as an MOH recipient who served on or after April 6, 1917, and is buried in a private cemetery with a private headstone or marker. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie saluted Olive for his selfless bravery during a battle in the Vietnam conflict. “Private Fi
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    11-05-2018, 11:19 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Decline in Veteran Homelessness Announced
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Decline in Veteran Homelessness Announced


    Number of homeless vets drops 5.4% since last year and by nearly half since 2010



    Washington, DC - - (November 1, 2018) - - Veteran homelessness in the U.S. continues to decline according to a new national estimate announced today by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson. HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report finds the total number of reported veterans experiencing homelessness in 2018 decreased 5.4 percent since last year, falling to nearly half of the number of homeless veterans reported in 2010.

    In announcing the latest annual estimate, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie noted that local communities are reporting reductions in the number of veterans in their shelter systems and on their streets. View local estimates of veteran hom
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    11-03-2018, 09:54 AM
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    U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Celebrates National Family Caregivers Month
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Celebrates National Family Caregivers Month



    Washington, DC - - (November 1, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is commemorating National Family Caregivers Month this November by honoring the service of 5.5 million family members and friends who have dedicated their lives to providing much-needed care for chronically ill, injured or disabled Veterans. “Caregivers make tremendous sacrifices to address the daily needs of Veterans who served our nation,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “These mothers, wives, fathers, husbands and other loved ones deserve our recognition and support for all they do to care for Veterans.” Caregivers provide a valuable service to Veterans by assisting them beyond the walls of VA medical facilities with much-needed support, such as accessing the health care system, providing emotional and physical ...
    11-02-2018, 04:01 PM

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