Navy Captain David Kushner says music therapy has benefits beyond the physical and emotional. The Iowa folk singer says singing and performing are a spiritual awakening for him. He was one of nearly 120 Veterans from across the country who participated in the 2017 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Buffalo, New York, Oct. 23-29.
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Army Veteran Stan Munson is one of nearly 120 Veterans who participated in the 2017 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, in Buffalo, New York, October 23-29. Munson says creative writing has allowed him an outlet to express himself. For more information about VA’s art therapy programs visit www.creativeartsfestival.va.gov.
Despite a full-force gut punch by Hurricane Maria leaving his cemetery in shambles, the director of the 69-year-old Puerto Rico National Cemetery in Bayamon is upbeat. Save one cracked stone marker (it’s been reordered), the storm damaged none of the National Cemetery Administration 60,000 Veteran gravesites when it hit Wednesday, Sept. 20. Read more at […]
Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced several key activities this week in connection with President Trump’s proclamation of November as Veterans and Military Families month. “Veterans Day has a special place in the lives not only of our Veterans, but for all citizens as we pay tribute to the service of those past […]
Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is making changes to its Inbox Notifications system, a messaging system intended to communicate important clinical information, such as test results, referrals, medication refills or high-priority messages, but has become bogged down with non-urgent, unimportant information. The change will give VA’s primary care physicians, in […]
Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the appointment of four new members to its Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans. Initially chartered on Nov. 2, 1994, the committee advises the VA Secretary on the needs of the nation’s 4.7 million minority Veterans regarding compensation, health care, rehabilitation, outreach and other benefits and programs […]
Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will launch the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program, or “RAMP,” with the goal of providing Veterans with the earliest possible resolution of their disagreement with VA’s decision on their benefit claims. RAMP will provide expanded opportunities for Veterans to enter the new, more efficient claims review […]
Today, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that he is considering possible new presumptive conditions that may qualify for disability compensation related to Agent Orange exposure. “After thoroughly reviewing the National Academy of Medicine (NAM)’s latest report regarding Veterans and Agent Orange, and associated data and recommendations from the NAM Task […]
Today, VA Secretary David Shulkin joined President Donald Trump in the Oval Office for the President’s signing of a proclamation establishing November as Veterans and Military Families Month. This is the first time that America will celebrate Veterans and Military Families for the entire month and not just on Veterans Day. “Our Veterans and Military […]
In advance of Veterans Day, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in partnership with Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), today announced a new public service announcement, “No Veteran Left Behind,” to address the tragic rate of Veteran suicides. Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: www.multivu.com/players/English/8209451-jnj-be-there-for-veterans/ To mobilize the nation, a new video narrated by actor and […]