VA’s ‘Better Starts Today’ campaign challenges Veterans to ditch smokeless tobacco

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will mark the annual Great American Spit Out on Feb. 21, calling attention to the dangers of using smokeless tobacco, with its “Better Starts Today” campaign. The VA campaign encourages Veterans who use tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, to stop dipping or chewing for at least […]

VA’s Appeals Modernization Act takes effect today

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has implemented the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, which was signed into law Aug. 23, 2017, and represents one of the most significant statutory changes to benefit Veterans in decades. “This is a historic day for VA, its stakeholders and, most importantly, […]

VA exceeds 1 million video telehealth visits in FY2018

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has reached a telehealth milestone, achieving more than 1 million video telehealth visits in one fiscal year (FY18), a 19 percent increase in video telehealth visits over the prior year. Through video technology, VA health care providers are increasing access to care —  diagnosing […]

Applications opening soon for 2019 National Veterans Golden Age Games

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will begin accepting applicants on Feb. 25 for the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games, scheduled to take place June 5-10 in Anchorage, Alaska. The National Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, and the only […]

Registration opens for 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Veterans interested in registering for the 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games can do so online Jan. 7 through April 15. Presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), the world’s largest sports event for Veterans who use wheelchairs will be held July […]

VA announces mortality data collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the recent start of a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve public health surveillance data. Specifically, VA will support CDC’s Modernizing Death Reporting project by integrating patient mortality data from VA’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. A component of vital statistics, […]

VA to receive new Fisher Houses in Michigan, Colorado and Nebraska, which offer temporary lodging to Veterans’ families and caregivers

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Fisher House Foundation plans to construct three new 16-suite Fisher Houses at VA campuses in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Aurora, Colorado; and Omaha, Nebraska; which will provide temporary accommodations for the families and caregivers of Veterans and active-duty military receiving care at the VA facilities. Construction […]

VA to provide capability for Veterans to access their VA health data on Apple iPhones

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will release new capabilities this summer providing Veterans who receive care at VA with the ability to access their personal medical data using the Health Records on iPhone feature from Apple. Veterans will see an aggregated view of their allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals in the Health app on […]

VA’s Rapid Appeals Modernization Program to end ahead of implementation of new Veteran appeals law

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will discontinue the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP), which provided eligible Veterans with early resolutions to their appealed claims, ahead of full implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 that takes effect Feb. 19, 2019. VA will not accept RAMP elections from Veterans […]

VA publishes interim final rule on cash-out home loans to further protect Veterans

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has published an interim final rulerelating to VA-guaranteed cash-out refinance loans to further protect Veteran home-loan borrowers from predatory lending practices. This rule implements certain provisions of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, and provides new regulatory safeguards relating to VA-guaranteed cash-out refinance loans. […]