Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund receives $10 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. for campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) has received a $10 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. for the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall. VVMF is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in 1982. It has pursued a mission of honoring and preserving the legacy of service […]

VA supports ‘Great American Spit Out,’ encouraging Veterans to quit smokeless tobacco

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) is urging Veterans with smokeless tobacco habits to participate in the “Great American Spit Out” on Feb. 23. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, the annual nationwide observance challenges smokeless tobacco users to quit for good by committing to a “quit date.” “Whether you’re using smokeless or smoking […]

VA offering up to $8 million in grants for adaptive-sports programs that aid disabled Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing up to $8 million in grants to fund adaptive-sports programs that offer activities for disabled Veterans and members of the armed forces who have disabilities, VA announced Feb. 22. The application period for the fiscal 2018 Adaptive Sports Grant begins Feb. 21, 2017, and will close at […]

Watch veterans and service members sharing their experiences with TBI recovery

Jennifer, a military spouse, spoke up when she noticed symptoms in her husband, Army Sgt. 1st Class Bradley Lee. Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Tina Garcia used a beauty pageant to raise awareness about her injury and recovery. Former Air Force Tech. Sgt. Krys Bowman took up adaptive sports to support his recovery. In advance […]

PVA Leader Recognized for Positive Impact on Veteran Advocacy

Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) Executive Director Sherman Gillums, Jr. has been named among 100 of 2016’s most impactful leaders in veteran advocacy by HillVets. The HillVets 100 list annually highlights the most effective veterans, service members and supporters. HillVets compiles a list encompassing individuals from many diverse sectors and areas, including those in […]

American Legion asks VA Secretary to reverse Black Hills call

National Commander Charles E. Schmidt of The American Legion is calling on VA Secretary David Shulkin to reverse the department’s decision made under the previous secretary to end needed services at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs, S.D. “The historic Black Hills VA Health Care System has saved countless lives over the years as […]

Head of AFGE Urges Lawmakers to Protect Workers’ Representation Rights

The head of the largest union representing federal and D.C government workers today urged Congress and the Trump administration to protect the decades-old right of employees to have fair representation at the worksite. In testimony delivered today before two House subcommittees, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. said employee representatives […]

VA awards 3 university contracts promoting community engagement with national cemeteries

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded three university contracts to research and share local history through the diversity of Veterans’ experience found in VA national cemeteries, officials announced Feb. 16. “The award of these three contracts signifies the VA National Cemetery Administration’s (NCA) dedication and commitment to providing enhanced memorialization and lasting tributes […]

Paralyzed Veterans of America Looks to the Future with Confirmation of Dr. David Shulkin as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs

Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) National President Al Kovach, Jr. today released this statement following the confirmation of former VA UnderSecretary of Health, Dr. David Shulkin, as the new VA Secretary: “America’s veterans deserve the very best advocates at the VA, conscientious civil servants who have veterans’ best interests at heart, and those who […]

The American Legion congratulates new VA Secretary, Urges Shulkin to ‘keep your promises’

The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization congratulated VA Secretary David Shulkin for his confirmation earlier this evening by the U.S. Senate and made clear that The American Legion is counting on him to deliver on promises he made during his testimony. “As a highly experienced physician, The America Legion has confidence that Dr. […]