VA researchers work to create 3D-printed artificial lung that may revolutionize treatment of Veterans with lung disease

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) scientists at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Michigan recently announced that they are working to create a 3D-printed artificial lung that could potentially revolutionize treatment of Veterans affected by lung disease. Though still in its infancy, VA researchers hope to build what they call the first artificial lung that […]

VA national cemeteries welcome nonprofit volunteers providing tree-and landscape-care services

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that its National Cemetery Administrationis partnering with more than 2,000 green-industry professionals across the country Sept. 19 to host “Saluting Branches: Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance,” an opportunity for tree-care professionals to help maintain and beautify VA cemeteries. “The work and volunteerism of Saluting Branches shows everyone has […]

VA achieves historic goal by delivering 81,000 appeals decisions to Veterans in fiscal 2018

On Sept. 14, two weeks ahead of schedule, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) exceeded its goal to deliver 81,000 appeals decisions of disability benefits and services to Veterans in fiscal year 2018 — 28,000 more decisions than the previous year. In doing so, VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals provided thousands of Veterans with critical, life-changing […]

VA SAIL report scorecard shows majority of VA medical centers have improved over past year in quality of services provided to Veterans

Using a web-based report scorecard that measures, evaluates and benchmarks quality and efficiency at its medical centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released data that showed significant improvements at the majority of its health care facilities. Compared with data from the same period a year ago, the July 2018 release of VA’s Strategic Analytics […]

President signs bill into law requiring VA to hire 50 outreach specialists to support Veterans involved in justice system

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is ready to hire an additional 50 Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists following President Trump’s signing today of the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018, a new law shoring up support services to Veterans impacted by the justice system. The law requires VA, within one […]

Veterans gather in San Diego for VA’s 11th annual Summer Sports Clinic

About 120 Veterans from across the country were expected to participate in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) 11th National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in Southern California, which began Sept. 16. The annual gathering of Veterans with disabilities will feature cycling, surfing, sailing, kayaking, pickleball and archery at venues throughout San Diego. “This clinic and all […]

VA implements new fiduciary regulations

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently updated regulations related to how it governs the oversight of beneficiaries, who, because of injury, disease, or age, are unable to manage their VA benefits, and the appointment and oversight of fiduciaries for these vulnerable beneficiaries. Managed by VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), the new regulations, which took effect […]

VA marks Suicide Prevention Month in September with ‘Be There’ campaign

To mark Suicide Prevention Month this September, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is shining a light on effective ways to prevent Veteran suicide with its Be There campaign. The campaign highlights the risk factors and warning signs for suicide, provides information about VA mental health and suicide prevention resources, and helps individuals and organizations start […]

VA to fund first national center of excellence for Veteran and caregiver research

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will fund a new center of excellence to expand the department’s capacity to deliver innovative, data-driven and integrated approaches to improve services for Veterans and their caregivers. Managed by VA’s Office of Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D), the first of its kind center will be […]