VA and Virta Health partner in innovative approach to diabetes care

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a partnership on May 13 with Virta Health to explore an innovative program focused on improving the health of persons with type 2 diabetes. In effect since March 22, the agreement will give 400 Veterans the opportunity to participate in the Virta Treatment, which can help individuals safely and […]

VA’s voluntary research genetics program reaches major milestone with 750,000 Veteran partners

In its journey to improve the lives of Veterans through health care research and innovation, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently reached a major milestone with enrollment of its 750,000th Veteran partner in the Million Veteran Program (MVP) — a national, voluntary research initiative that helps VA study how genes affect the health of Veterans. […]

VA senior official, nine other employees win federal government awards

Lauding their transformative efforts, the White House recently selected a senior official from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its Gears of Government President’s Award and nine VA individuals and teams for Gears of Government Agency Awards. The White House’s Executive Office of the President (EOP) and its Office of Management and Budget […]

Five VA employees named as finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals

Five employees from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were recently announced as finalists for the annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, or Sammies, and will be recognized May 9 during a breakfast on Capitol Hill, as part of Public Service Recognition Week. The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, which created the awards program to […]

VA celebrates ‘Science of Hope’ during National Research Week

In celebration of important medical research conducted by the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), VA medical centers (VAMCs) nationwide will showcase innovative solutions that VA scientists are developing and bringing into clinical practice with help of university partners and other public and private institutions during VA Research Week, May 13-17. VAMCs will commemorate VA Research […]

VA joins local officials in celebrating effective end of Veteran homelessness in Lexington, Kentucky

Officials from the departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) joined the mayor and representatives of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Continuum of Care (CoC) on April 25 to celebrate the effective end of Veteran homelessness in Lexington, Kentucky. Lexington joins more than 65 other communities and three states — Connecticut, Delaware […]

Top VA official honored for contributions to women’s health

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) recognized a senior official from the U.S. Departmentof Veterans Affairs (VA) during a ceremony May 1 in Washington, D.C., for her contributions to improving women’s health research. The organization presented Dr. Carolyn Clancy, VA’s deputy under secretary for Health, for Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks, with its Health Public Service Visionary Award […]

VA proposes new AFGE collective bargaining agreement

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) presented its proposals to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). AFGE represents over 250,000 federal employees within VA. VA’s proposals are designed to align with the statutory rights Congress provided to federal employee unions and VA while ensuring taxpayer […]

VA recognizes elementary school students for role in ending Veteran homelessness

In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) community partnership efforts to combat Veteran homelessness, VA recently recognized Henry Zarrow International School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for winning the 2018 End Veteran Homelessness Challenge. Mark E. Morgan, director of the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System, presented a certificate of appreciation to the school on […]

VA launches digital campaign encouraging mental health conversations

In recognition of Mental Health Month in May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching “The Moment When” campaign, a nationwide effort starting May 1 that will feature Veterans’ personal experiences with mental health treatment and recovery. The campaign aims to demystify mental health treatment, build awareness of available mental health resources, and […]