VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry reaches major milestone

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) today announced the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry now exceeds 200,000 registrants. The registry, which began in June 2014, allows Veterans and service members to self-report their exposures and health concerns in an online questionnaire that can be used to initiate discussions of health concerns with a provider. […]

VA enhances National COVID-19 Reporting Summary tool

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it enhanced its National COVID-19 Report Summary website that provides a real-time look at the status of COVID-19 patients who have been tested or treated at VA facilities. “The accelerating pace of VA’s response to the national emergency required VA to leverage the department’s unique national data […]

VA is protecting and serving all of America

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced it is helping 38 states and territories with their response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), providing care, services and supplies to hundreds of non-Veterans in this time of uncertainty. In coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), VA has deployed doctors, nurses and nursing […]

VA expands access to virtual hearings

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) today announced it is expanding access to virtual hearings to all Veterans awaiting their Board hearing after successfully testing the capabilities during the last year. Virtual hearings are a secure, confidential and convenient option for Veterans and their representatives to have their Board hearing […]

VA participating in drug, plasma trials in fight against COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced participation in a series of clinical trials and investigations across the nation aimed at finding ways to mitigate or potentially prevent symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in patients. The trials demonstrate the ability of VA — America’s largest integrated health care network that also […]

VA names Brooks D. Tucker Acting Chief of Staff

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Brooks D. Tucker will serve as VA’s acting chief of staff, effective April 30. He will remain in his current position as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs (OCLA). “As our legislative point man, Brooks helped negotiate some of the most sweeping […]

Veteran trust in VA health care rises above 90 percent for the first time

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released survey results showing Veteran trust in VA health care outpatient services has increased more than 5% since 2017, reaching 90.1% as of April 12. VA received surveys from 4,030,438 Veterans since June 2017 to the present via the Veterans Signals customer feedback program which asks Veterans about their […]

VA works with communities nationwide to meet critical need for blood

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its participating medical centers across the country kicked-off blood drives in late April — partnering with the American Red Cross and community organizations — in response to the ongoing national need for blood during the coronavirus disease 2019 public health emergency. Healthy individuals are encouraged to participate in the […]

VA joins XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance to combat COVID-19 and future outbreaks

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has partnered with the XPRIZE Foundation’s Pandemic Alliance as part of a public and private coalition to help develop ways to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and subsequent global outbreaks. The XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance partnership will help connect VA’s Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) […]

VA establishes the department’s first history office

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the VA History Office (VAHO), April 10, to formally collect and preserve the department’s history. The VAHO will consist of the VA History Program (VAHP) and National VA History Center (NVAHC) and serve as the principal VA-wide management office for centralized VA historical initiatives. The mission of […]