VA’s VetSuccess on Campus Program marks 10th anniversary

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Service in June celebrated a decade of the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) Program, which supports service members, Veterans and eligible dependents as they complete their education and obtain viable careers. The VSOC program, which provides dedicated vocational rehabilitation counselors on VSOC school locations to support […]

VA extends Agent Orange presumption to ‘Blue Water Navy’ Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing to process Agent Orange exposure claims for “Blue Water Navy” Veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975. These Veterans may be eligible for presumption of herbicide exposure through Public Law 116-23, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, […]

VA overhauls religious and spiritual symbol policies to protect religious liberty

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently revised its directives permitting religious literature, symbols and displays at VA facilities to protect religious liberty for Veterans and families while ensuring inclusivity and nondiscrimination. The move aims to simplify and clarify the department’s policies governing religious symbols, and spiritual and pastoral care, which have been interpreted inconsistently at […]

VA’s Vet Centers to host open houses to celebrate initiative’s 40th anniversary

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host open houses during the month of June to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its Vet Centers, which provide readjustment counseling for eligible Veterans, service members and their families. “Vet Centers have a longstanding legacy of building trust, fostering community and providing confidential counseling, outreach and referral,” said […]

VA receives awards for innovation in health IT

For the second year, nine U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs were recognized for innovations in federal health technology during an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Initiatives ranging from text messages to remind Veterans of their appointments to programs that help modernize business practices, VA’s programs were among 29 winners honored June 11 at […]

VA health care facilities to go smoke-free

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) commitment to provide excellent health care for Veterans, the department will implement a new policy restricting smoking by patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors at its health care facilities by October. Although VA has historically permitted smoking in designated areas, there is growing evidence that […]