POW/MIA UPDATE: May 26, 2017

URGENT NOTICE: DPAA WEBSITE RESTORED: There now have been corrections to replace the inaccurate information that resulted from an ongoing review and improvement project. Earlier, due to problems encountered, changes were made that altered the countries of loss for Vietnam War missing. The accurate list of US personnel still missing and unaccounted-for from the Vietnam […]

Leading Veterans Groups Respond to VA Budget for Fiscal Years 2018-19

Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)—authors of The Independent Budget (IB)—today responded to the Administration’s proposed budget for the delivery of health care for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for FY 2018 and advance appropriations for FY 2019. The Independent Budget Veterans Service Organizations […]

Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $186.5 Billion VA Budget

In his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, President Trump is proposing $186.5 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The budget request will ensure the nation’s Veterans receive high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services. The budget also supports the continued transformation of VA to rebuild the full trust of Veterans […]

VA Secretary Shulkin in Support of Senate Accountability Bill

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin is issuing the following statement in support of the Senate Accountability Bill: “I’m pleased to see the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee moving forward tomorrow on our much-needed accountability bill, and hope the senators pass it promptly without delay. Another example from this month underscores the […]

VA Earns Top Honors for Environmental Sustainability in Health Care

Nine Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Medical Centers were recognized for their efforts in environmental sustainability in health care at an award ceremony May 18 in Minneapolis. Sponsored by Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit focused on environmental stewardship in the health-care industry, the awards honored the top 25 health-care facilities that exemplify the best in environmental excellence […]

VA’s Lead Geriatrician to Receive Top Award and Deliver Lecture at Annual Meeting

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that its chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care, Dr. Richard M. Allman, is receiving the Edward Henderson Award and will present the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting this week in San Antonio. The organization is recognizing Allman for his […]

American Legion GI Bill forum, exhibit set for The National WWII Museum

The original cover and signature page of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, along with the typed and hand-edited speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after signing it, will be showcased at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans beginning June 20 as part of an American Legion centennial salute to the GI Bill. […]

VA Union Slams Pending Anti-Worker Legislation

In response to H.R. 1461, as amended by Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, passing through the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement: “We are sick and tired of the political witch hunt unfolding before our eyes in Congress. Federal public […]

“You’re Fired” bill scapegoats frontline VA workers and politicizes career civil service, union says

A Senate bill that would allow VA managers to fire rank-and-file workers based on scant evidence of wrongdoing and with little ability to appeal is a dangerous step toward politicizing the federal government’s career civil service, the head of the largest government employee union testified today. “In AFGE’s view, this bill not only decreases accountability […]