VA announces $200M in funding for Grant and Per Diem Program to support homeless Veterans programs nationwide

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it plans to provide approximately $200 million in fiscal year 2019 funding to support more than 13,000 transitional housing beds for its Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program. The list of community partners who will work with VA to provide transitional housing for homeless Veterans can be […]

VA General Counsel Jim Byrne named VA Acting Deputy Secretary

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that its General Counsel, Jim Byrne, has been named Acting Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs effective Aug. 28. Byrne was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 9, 2017, as the General Counsel for the department. Prior to joining VA, Byrne served in Lockheed Martin Corp.’s […]

VA expands Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program to improve service to Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) recently began the process of reducing the average counselor-to-caseload ratio, to one to 125 or below, through the hiring of 172 vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRCs). The hiring effort, which began early this summer, will help improve service to Veterans with service-connected disabilities and employment […]

Appeals Modernization: VA’s Progress One Year Since Enactment of the Historic Law

Today marks one year since President Donald J. Trump signed into law one of the most significant statutory changes in decades to affect the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Veterans it serves. The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (Appeals Modernization Act) was signed Aug. 23, 2017, aimed at transforming a complex, […]

VA’s Veterans Cemetery Grants Program

The Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Cemetery Grants Program was established in 1978 to complement VA’s National Cemetery Administration. The program assists states, territories and federally recognized tribal governments in providing gravesites for Veterans in those areas where VA’s national cemeteries cannot fully satisfy their burial needs. Any cemetery assisted by a VA grant must […]

VA, Walgreens collaborate to improve care coordination for Veterans

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to improve care coordination for Veterans, the department is working with pharmacy services provider Walgreens to coordinate patient and pharmaceutical care for VA-enrolled patients. With the click of a button, VA providers will be able to see the entire medication and immunization history of […]

VA Secretary clarifies collective bargaining authority related to professional conduct, patient care

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that VA Secretary Robert Wilkie clarified that unions can no longer use collective bargaining rights when it comes to professional conduct and patient care by VA providers. Specifically, Secretary Wilkie has taken back rights the VA gave away under the previous Administration to preclude collective bargaining […]

At White House, VA Secretary underscores low unemployment for Veterans under President Trump

In his first White House Cabinet Meeting as Secretary of Veterans Affairs yesterday, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie underscored for President Donald Trump and the public how the President’s policies have led to near-record-low unemployment rates for America’s Veterans. Asked by the President to talk about Veterans’ Choice with reporters present, Secretary Wilkie said, “Sir, it’s moving […]

Veterans ‘TEE’ up for 25th anniversary golf tournament sponsored by VA & DAV

More than 200 Veterans with visual impairments, severe illness or injury are set to tee up for the 2018 National Disabled Veterans Training, Exposure and Experience (TEE) Tournament, which will take place Sept. 9-14 near Iowa City, Iowa. Made possible by strategic corporate partnerships, nonprofit organizations and individual donors, the six-day event is co-sponsored by […]