Participation in the New Post-9/11 GI Bill Continues to Grow

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has provided certificates of eligibility to nearly 200,000 applicants for the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. Over 61,000 payments totaling over $50 million to schools and students have been issued since the August 1, 2009, implementation of the new program. “Our […]

VA Honors Eye Researchers With Olin Teague Award

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Two researchers for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Palo Alto, Calif., were recognized with the Olin Teague Award for their research in vision issues that led to improved eye and vision injury examination techniques for Veterans. “VA has identified these techniques as ‘best practices’ and now requires eye […]

VA’s Health System Top Employer for AARP

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The health care network operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been named as one of the best employers this year for workers over 50 by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). “Quality care is what drives VA and is our primary mission,” said Secretary of Veterans […]

Doonesbury Creator Garry Trudeau to Accept AND Positive Voice Award Sept. 25 at WREI/AND Conference

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ — The Alliance for National Defense (AND) will present Positive Voice Awards to Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau and longtime military women’s rights advocate Capt. Barbara Brehm at the Eighth Conference on Women in the Military September 25 at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington , VA. […]

Secretary Shinseki Announces Progress on $1.4 Billion in Recovery Act Spending

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) progress in executing more than $1.4 billion as the Department’s share of spending under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), more commonly known as the economic stimulus program. “In putting America back to work, […]

Historic Groundbreaking Set in Massachusetts

PITTSFIELD, Mass., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Soldier On, a Northampton, Massachusetts-based non-profit organization devoted to ending veteran homelessness, will make history on October 29 when it breaks ground here on a first-of-its-kind limited equity cooperative housing project for formerly homeless veterans. Speakers at the historic groundbreaking event will include Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the […]

Veterans Healing Initiative Formed to Help Meet Burgeoning Addiction and Mental Health Issues of Returning U.S. Veterans

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ — The Veterans Healing Initiative (VHI) has been formed in response to the dramatic increase of Substance Abuse (SA) and co-occurring mental health disorders among U.S. Veterans. Formed by Margaret Stone and James L. Abernathy, VHI’s core mission is to raise funds for veterans who need treatment for Addiction and […]

Was That Just Santa Claus?! ‘Salute’ Santa Claus Takes To DC Streets, Announces The 2009 A Salute To Our Troops Program Hosted By Microsoft & USO Metro

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft and the USO of Metropolitan Washington will kick off the third season of the annual A Salute to Our Troops program on Wednesday, Sept. 23 with some help from Santa Claus. On Wednesday morning, Santa will be traveling around Washington DC on a pedicab, giving out goodies from his […]

Secretary Shinseki Kicks-Off National Sports Clinic

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki offered encouragement to injured Veterans and their family members at the opening ceremony of the 2nd National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego. Calling on them to strive for their best to overcome their injuries, Shinseki kicked-off the clinic by telling his […]

Inspector General Completes Study of VA Endoscopic Programs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General inspected every VA medical site with endoscopic equipment, independently verifying the success of a national program VA instituted to ensure safe and sterile procedures for reprocessing endoscopic equipment across the country. “VA’s top priority is to provide the highest quality […]