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VA Announces Whole Health Flagship Sites: Personalized Plan Puts Veterans in Control of their Health Care

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released the names of 18 facilities designated VA Whole Health Flagship Sites, which are spread around the country within the VA health-care system and are focused on empowering and equipping Veterans to take charge of their health and well-being. As VA shifts from a health-care system focused primarily on […]

VA announces Paul Lawrence as new Under Secretary for Benefits

Today VA announced that Paul R. Lawrence will assume office Tuesday, May 15 as the department’s new Under Secretary for Benefits. Lawrence is a former Army captain and airborne school graduate, and has served in a number of key positions in the accounting industry, focusing primarily in the area of federal government practices. Most recently, […]

VA Updates Disability Rating Schedule to Better Align with Modern Medicine

Effective May 13, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will update portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD, or rating schedule) that evaluates the organs of special sense eye conditions, as well as gynecological conditions and disorders of the breast. The VASRD is the collection of federal regulations used by Veterans Benefits Administration claims […]

VA Celebrates National VA Research Week 2018

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will celebrate 93 years of improving the lives of Veterans and other Americans through the department’s health research and research programs during National VA Research Week held May 14-18. The 2018 theme, “InnoVAtion to Implementation,” highlights VA researchers’ role in identifying and testing new ways to prevent and treat illness […]

VA Celebrates ‘Nurses Week 2018’ with a Number of Activities Recognizing VA’s 93,000 Nurses Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was pleased to recognize and celebrate National Nurses Week held May 6 – 12 with a number of activities, including the release of “Meaningful Tweets,” a heartfelt VA twist on a popular late-night talk show host’s segment by a different name. This year marks the 28th anniversary of […]

VA Expands Telehealth by Allowing Health Care Providers to Treat Patients Across State Lines

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new federal rule that will allow VA doctors, nurses and other health-care providers to administer care to Veterans using telehealth, or virtual technology, regardless of where in the United States the provider or Veteran is located, including when care will occur across state lines or outside a […]

VA Nurse and formerly homeless Veteran: ‘For every bad thing you hear that goes on at the VA, there’s a thousand great things that go on there that you will never hear about’

Today Little Rock’s Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System nurse and Veteran David Hathcock works in the same hospital that helped him pull his life together after becoming addicted to drugs and losing “everything” including his home and car. His story, as reported on this morning’s Fox and Friends, was one of drug addiction that led him […]

Appeals status on Vets.gov

VA launched a new update for the appeals status tracker and now Veterans with a compensation appeal can view their past and current appeals issues, receive alerts for deadlines when action is required, preview the next events in their timeline, and see estimates of how long it will take to reach those events. Read more […]

Statement by Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie – Committee Approval of H.R. 5674, the VA MISSION Act

I commend Chairman Roe and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee for approving the VA MISSION Act today and sending it to the full House for a vote. As White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said yesterday, the bill “will transform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) into a modern, high-performing, and integrated healthcare system that will […]

VA and Small Business Administration Team up to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide education and support to Veterans with disabilities interested in self-employment. VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services entered into an agreement with SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development in early December to provide self-employment guidance, assistance and on-the-job training to Veterans […]