VA updates the disability rating schedule related to skin conditions

Effective Aug. 13, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD, or Rating Schedule) that evaluate conditions related to the skin. The VASRD is the collection of federal regulations used by Veterans Benefits Administration claims processors to evaluate the severity of disabilities and assign disability ratings. VA is […]

VA announces leadership changes to take effect shortly

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced several leadership changes that will take effect shortly.  These leadership changes will build upon a strong current team that will continue to carry out the priorities of President Trump and newly appointed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie. The leadership changes are as follows: Pamela Powers […]

VA releases health care benefit application for Spanish-speaking Veterans

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the Spanish version of the application for health benefits, as part of VA’s effort to simplify and improve the health care enrollment process for Veterans. The new language version implements the VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans’ recommendation to provide Spanish versions of the application and […]

Secretary Wilkie meets with leaders at Washington DC VA Medical Center

Today, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie visited the Washington DC VA Medical Center (VAMC), where he met with facility and regional leaders and received updates on recent progress in Veterans’ care and plans for further improvements at the facility. Of the 25 recommendations made to the facility in a recent Inspector General report, […]

President Trump selects Jake Leinenkugel to lead VA commission focused on Veterans’ mental health treatment

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that President Donald J. Trump has selected former VA White House Senior Advisor Thomas “Jake” Leinenkugel to lead a key commission focused on the department’s mental health care programs. The Creating Options for Veterans’ Expedited Recovery (COVER) commission will examine VA’s evidence-based therapy model for treating […]

VA implementing presidential executive order governing union activities during official work hours

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it has begun implementing a recent presidential executive order (EO), which offered new guidelines for how union officials use work hours when representing federal employees. Signed by President Trump on May 25, “Executive Order 13837 Ensuring Transparency, Accountability, And Efficiency in Taxpayer Funded Union Time Use” is […]

VA and IBM Watson Health Extend Partnership to Support Veterans With Cancer

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and IBM Watson Health announced the extension of a public-private partnership to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to help interpret cancer data in the treatment of Veteran patients. First announced two years ago as part of the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, VA oncologists have now used IBM Watson for Genomics technology […]