Precision health initiative brings genetic testing to Veterans

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that, as part of an innovative partnership, VA and Sanford Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care systems, will soon provide free genetic testing to some Veterans cared for by VA. The VA PHarmacogenomics Action for cancer SuRvivorship (PHASeR) testing program will begin a pilot […]

VA strengthens care and benefits for Veterans with $220 billion budget

President Donald J. Trump is proposing a total of $220.2 billion in his fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a 9.6 percent increase above fiscal 2019. “The budget request will ensure the nation’s Veterans receive high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services,” said VA Secretary […]

Statement by Secretary Robert Wilkie on President Trump’s FY 2020 budget request

In President Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget, he has once again demonstrated his ongoing commitment to Veterans, ensuring greater quality, efficiency and timely service that our Veterans have earned and deserve. The budget funds our highest priorities, including the Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (MISSION Act) implementation, Electronic Health Record […]

VA selects 18 medical facilities to start ‘high reliability’ journey

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the selection of 18 medical centers that will lead the way in the department’s efforts to transform the nation’s largest integrated health care system into a high reliability organization (HRO). Pioneered in highly complex environments, such as aviation and nuclear energy, HROs put procedures and protocols […]

President Trump signs executive order to empower Veterans and end Veterans suicide

Today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order titled “National Initiative to Empower Veterans and End Veterans Suicide,” which focuses on improving the quality of life for America’s Veterans and ending the tragedy of Veteran suicide. “As the largest integrated health care provider in the nation and a leader in developing innovative mental health […]

Secretary Wilkie statement on signing of the Executive Order, “Supporting the Transition of Active Duty Service Members and Military Veterans into the Merchant Marine”

Today, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie issued the following statement on  President Trump’s signing of the Executive Order, “Supporting the Transition of Active Duty Service Members and Military Veterans into the Merchant Marine:” “This executive order means a lot to me personally because my grandfather was a mariner. “This represents a true win-win for our nation’s Veterans […]

Woody Williams remembers the Battle of Iwo Jima – Part 3

Battle of Iwo Jima (Part 3): Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams remembers his company commander asking if he could do something about the pillboxes on Iwo Jima. “So, I strapped on the flamethrower to go take out some pillboxes.” This six-part series will be released on VA’s social media channels every Tuesday through March […]