Aimed at Preventing Suicides, VA Invites 7 Cities to Participate in Mayor’s Challenge

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the inaugural Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among service members, Veterans and their families. The goal of the Mayor’s Challenge is to eliminate suicide by using a comprehensive public health approach […]

Reopening of Lafayette Building in D.C. Highlights VA’s Modernization Efforts

Underscoring a key milestone in VA’s efforts to modernize its infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) marked the reopening of its newly renovated Lafayette Building at 811 Vermont Ave., in Washington, D.C., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility Dec. 11. The 11-year renovation project consolidates VA’s footprint from four buildings into one […]

VA Decision Ready Claims Program Expands to Include More Types of Claims

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing efforts to modernize and improve Veterans’ experience with the disability claims process, VA unveiled its latest enhancements to the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) program, which will expand the pool of Veterans, surviving spouses and service members eligible to participate in the program. “These enhancements […]

VA Exploring Alternative Treatments for TBI and PTSD

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will use two innovative treatments to ease the everyday challenges associated with living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “We know that for a small group of Veterans, a traditional approach to health care may not be the most effective,” […]

VA and Humane Society of United States Announce Partnership

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to encourage Veterans to consider pet ownership and volunteer opportunities with community organizations, including local animal shelters and humane societies in an effort to pair Veterans with rescued animals. This announcement represents the latest example of […]

Statement by VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin – Permanent Community Care Legislation

President Donald J. Trump is working to ensure his Administration fulfills its commitment to America’s veterans so they receive the care they deserve. Under the President’s leadership, we have enacted major reform bills including Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, the Forever GI Bill, and Appeals Modernization, among others. I am pleased that Congress is working on […]

Navajo Code Talker, Marine Veteran George B. Willie Sr. remembered for heroic service to the nation

Today Navajo Code Talker, Marine Veteran George B. Willie Sr passed away after a storied life of service to our nation. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a 17-year old in 1943. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) honors the heroism, commitment and dedication of Willie and his comrades that made up […]

VA Announces Formation of Veterans and Community Oversight and Engagement Board Advisory Committee for Los Angeles Area

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the formation of the Veterans and Community Oversight and Engagement Board Federal Advisory Committee, part of its commitment to supporting Veterans and their families in the greater Los Angeles area. The committee will coordinate with the local LA local community and VA to identify goals and […]