VA SAIL report scorecard shows majority of VA medical centers have improved over past year in quality of services provided to Veterans

Using a web-based report scorecard that measures, evaluates and benchmarks quality and efficiency at its medical centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released data that showed significant improvements at the majority of its health care facilities. Compared with data from the same period a year ago, the July 2018 release of VA’s Strategic Analytics […]

President signs bill into law requiring VA to hire 50 outreach specialists to support Veterans involved in justice system

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is ready to hire an additional 50 Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists following President Trump’s signing today of the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018, a new law shoring up support services to Veterans impacted by the justice system. The law requires VA, within one […]

Veterans gather in San Diego for VA’s 11th annual Summer Sports Clinic

About 120 Veterans from across the country were expected to participate in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) 11th National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in Southern California, which began Sept. 16. The annual gathering of Veterans with disabilities will feature cycling, surfing, sailing, kayaking, pickleball and archery at venues throughout San Diego. “This clinic and all […]

VA implements new fiduciary regulations

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently updated regulations related to how it governs the oversight of beneficiaries, who, because of injury, disease, or age, are unable to manage their VA benefits, and the appointment and oversight of fiduciaries for these vulnerable beneficiaries. Managed by VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), the new regulations, which took effect […]

VA marks Suicide Prevention Month in September with ‘Be There’ campaign

To mark Suicide Prevention Month this September, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is shining a light on effective ways to prevent Veteran suicide with its Be There campaign. The campaign highlights the risk factors and warning signs for suicide, provides information about VA mental health and suicide prevention resources, and helps individuals and organizations start […]

VA to fund first national center of excellence for Veteran and caregiver research

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will fund a new center of excellence to expand the department’s capacity to deliver innovative, data-driven and integrated approaches to improve services for Veterans and their caregivers. Managed by VA’s Office of Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D), the first of its kind center will be […]

VA releases data on vacancies as required under MISSION Act

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its figures on employment vacancies as of June 30, as mandated each quarter under the recently passed MISSION Act. VA reported the following vacancies: 45,239 overall vacancies at the department, out of a total of 419,353 full-time authorized and budgeted positions. This overall number of vacancies includes: […]

VA announces upcoming awards of nearly $326M in grants to help at-risk Veterans and family members

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that thousands of low-income Veteran families around the nation will continue to receive benefits under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. These Veterans, who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing, will continue to have access to crucial services with the funding of approximately […]