Pearl Harbor Day 73rd Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony To Be Broadcast Live Via Webcast, December 7, 2014

The National Park Service and the U.S. Navy will host a joint memorial ceremony commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 2014 on the main lawn of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, looking directly out to the USS Arizona Memorial, at the World War II Valor in the […]

Minister Fantino launches action plan to respond to Auditor General’s report

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today issued the following statement to respond to the fall report of the Auditor General: “Our Government accepts all of the recommendations made in the Auditor General’s report, and we sincerely thank him for his hard work and valuable insight. Last February, I recommended to the Auditor […]

VA director’s overdue firing applauded by Legion

Monday’s termination of embattled Phoenix VA Healthcare System Director Sharon Helman is “a long-awaited step along the road to restored trust between veterans and their federal health-care system,” American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm said. Helman had been on paid administrative leave for nearly six months since whistleblowers told national media that Arizona veterans […]

Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Removed

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) formally removed Sharon Helman, the director of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, from federal service. This decision followed an investigation by the VA Office of Inspector General in which allegations of lack of oversight and other misconduct were substantiated. This removal action underscores VA’s commitment to hold leaders […]

Legion launches new career platform

The American Legion and its allies in veteran employment and entrepreneurship have launched a new web platform to help those who served in uniform translate military skills to job skills, find employment, start businesses and make successful transitions. Among the key features of The American Legion’s Veteran Employment Center are: A Veteran Job Search tool, […]

VA to Accept Proposals for New Scheduling System

As part of The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing effort to improve Veterans’ access to healthcare, VA announced it has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System (MASS). The new MASS technology will help improve access to care for Veterans by providing schedulers with state-of-the-art, management-based scheduling software. […]

VVA National President States Strong Support For H.R. 5484, the Toxic Exposure Research Act

Representatives Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Mike Honda (D-CA) have introduced the Toxic Exposure Research Act (H.R. 5484) that will, when enacted into law, establish a national center at a VA medical facility for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service in the […]

PSAC calls on the government to stop program and budget cuts at Veterans Affairs Canada

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is calling on Treasury Board to immediately impose a moratorium on program and budget cuts at Veterans Affairs Canada. “We say to the government: no more cuts at Veterans Affairs until an independent assessment can determine whether the department is still able to deliver on its mandate,” said […]