VA Extends Record of Transparency with First-Ever Posting of Annual Nursing Home Ratings

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) extended its unprecedented 18-month record of transparency disclosures by making public for the first time its annual nursing home ratings. View the ratings here. The data show that, overall, VA’s nursing home system – composed of more than 130 community living centers – compares closely with private sector […]

VA’s Veterans Crisis Line Improves Service With Third Call Center Opening in Topeka, Kansas

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has opened its third Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) call center in Topeka, Kansas on the campus of the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center. “Our focus is, as it always has been, to provide 24/7 world-class suicide prevention and crisis intervention services,” said VA Acting Secretary Peter O’Rourke […]

VA Commits $17 Million to Expand Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking action to address Intimate Partner Violence(IPV) by earmarking $17 million in funds to support Veterans in need. The funds will strengthen IPV Assistance Programs in VA facilities nationwide. “VA recognizes that intimate partner violence is a health issue faced by many Veterans and their families,” said Acting […]

President Trump signs historic MISSION Act

Today President Trump kept his promise to our Nation’s Veterans and signed the historic VA MISSION Act into law. His leadership today in the Rose Garden is testament to his commitment to Veterans, caregivers, and their families. The bipartisan support fostered by the tireless work of both the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairmen […]

Tampa’s VA team practices for natural disaster assistance

More than 50 James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital staff members moved their base of operations to Tampa International Airport earlier this year when they joined with community partners to triage and transport victims of a massive earthquake in Mississippi to local hospitals. Fortunately, while the victims weren’t real, the training received during Exercise Patriot South […]

VA Leaders and Team Named as Finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals

Two employees and a team from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were recently honored as finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, or Sammies, by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, which recognizes the accomplishments of federal civil servants. Announced last month by the Partnership, Marcella “Marcy” Jacobs, executive director of VA’s Digital Service, and […]

VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals resolves record number of claims to date for FY 2018

Underscoring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) pledge to reduce the wait time for those appealing disability benefits claims, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, as of May 27, has signed more than 53,650 decisions to date in fiscal year (FY) 2018, which is approximately 86 percent more than the 28,839 decisions signed through the same […]

Focused on Patient Safety, VA to Host Summit Launching a National Registry for Medical Implant Devices

In collaboration with three federal agencies and several academic leaders, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a national summit June 4 in Washington, D.C., focused on launching the nation’s largest health-system, medical-implant tracking program. The implant registry collaboration with U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Department of Defense and Centers for Medicare and […]

President Trump’s Executive Order Supporting Mental Health Care for Transitioning Service Members Now Underway

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the White House has approved an interagency plan to implement President Trump’s executive order supporting Veterans with mental health care and suicide-prevention resources during their transition from uniformed service to civilian life. Signed by the president in January 2018, the executive order directs VA, the Department of […]

VA Recognizes Mental Health Month With Video Campaign Focused on How Treatment Can Transform Lives

In recognition of Mental Health Month this May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) emphasized the positive impact of mental health treatment through a video campaign spotlighting hundreds of Veterans who have stepped forward to combat the stigma around mental health that is still deeply entrenched in American culture. “VA is a leader in […]