VA wait times for new appointments equal to or better than those in private sector

A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows VA significantly reduced wait times for Veteran patients in primary care and three specialty care services between 2014 and 2017. The study, titled “Comparison of Wait Times for New Patients Between the Private Sector and United States Department of Veterans Affairs Medical […]

VA to implement appeals modernization in February

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) announced that the Federal Register will publish on Jan. 18 regulations accompanying the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA), which will help Veterans experience a more transparent claims decision-review process. After publication of the regulations, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie will certify the department’s readiness to […]

VA continues expansion of integrated network system to enable health care staff to share best practice uses of department’s 3D printing capabilities

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it continues to expand its national integrated virtual 3D printing network that began January 2017 at VA’s Puget Sound Healthcare System, growing it from just three hospitals with 3D printing capabilities in early 2017 to 20 at the close of 2018. This growing network allows VA […]

VA partners with DHS to expand Veteran suicide prevention efforts

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced its partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to bolster Veteran suicide prevention initiatives. VA and DHS, the third-largest federal employer of Veterans in the U.S., with Veterans representing approximately 28 percent of its workforce, share the goals of improving Veterans’ health and well-being […]

VA Partners with CaringBridge

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has partnered with CaringBridge, a global nonprofit social network, to aid in Veterans’ connection and communication with their support communities. CaringBridge provides free, secure, personal websites — as a dedicated platform — to assist family and friends in communicating with loved ones during any type […]

VA, Health and Human Services announce Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will convene for the inaugural Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF) on Feb. 6, in Washington, D.C. Through data analysis and their current suicide […]

Navy SEAL 0-6 Captain. John “Coach” Havlik. A Rise, a Fall and a Rise of a 31 year SEAL Officer.

Navy SEAL 0-6 Captain. John “Coach” Havlik. A Rise, a Fall and a Rise of a 31 year SEAL Officer. Retired Navy SEAL Senior Chief Don Shipley interviews Captain. John “Coach” Havlik. giantleapconsulting.com/killer See the DOZENS of other REAL SEAL Interviews only at videos.extremesealexperience.com/

Sec. Wilkie to Govt. Union: Stop Exploiting Veteran Suicide

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the following letter from Secretary Robert Wilkie to American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox: Mr. J. David Cox National President American Federation of Government Employees 80 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 Dear President Cox: One of the most insulting and misleading stereotypes about […]

The VA is making real progress on suicide prevention for Veterans

Under President Trump, VA has done more in the last two years than it has in decades in reforming the department and improving care and benefits for our nation’s heroes. VA has made groundbreaking progress, particularly in the areas of accountability, transparency and efficiency across the department while achieving an unprecedented series of legislative successes, […]