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VA renews partnership with Y-USA to expand whole-health services to Veteran communities

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently renewed a nationwide partnership with Y-USA that focuses on whole health to enhance services available that promote the health and well-being of Veterans, their families and caregivers. In the next phase of the partnership, renewed Oct. 1, VA and YMCA of the USA — the national entity that oversees […]

VA and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation launch effort to prioritize mental health and emotional wellbeing in America’s workplace

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary’s Center for Strategic Partnerships and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today, pledged to support the mental health and welfare of the country’s workforce. Included in this collaboration is the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide or PREVENTS and more than two dozen leading partners representing more […]

VA’s version of ‘Shark Tank’ awards grassroots health care innovations

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to promote grassroots innovations throughout its health care system, the agency recently crowned winners from the Veterans Heath Administration (VHA) Innovation Ecosystem’s “Shark Tank” competition during the Oct. 23, VHA Innovation Experience (iEx) event. The competition serves as a platform for employees to pitch their ideas for improving […]

Department of Defense Expanding Access to Commissaries, Military Exchanges and Recreation Facilities

The Department of Defense is expanding commissary, military exchange, and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) retail privileges on U.S. military installations as specified in the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, included in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, access will […]

VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration makes strides during 2019 fourth quarter

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) delivered performance improvements made for the fourth quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2019 during a late October live webcast. The presentation included advances in processing Veteran claims and an overview of VBA’s eight business lines known as programs: Disability Compensation, Appeals, Pension and Fiduciary, Insurance, Education, Vocational […]

VA Center for Women Veterans celebrates 25th anniversary

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Center for Women Veterans (Center)  commemorated 25 years of providing dedicated advocacy for America’s women Veterans Nov. 7, at VA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Established by Congress in November 1994, the Center monitors VA’s administration of benefits and services to women Veterans to ensure they receive equal access to VA […]

VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals named finalist for Military Spouse Employment Award

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) was named a finalist Oct. 30, for the 9th Annual U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes awards and is a contender for the Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring Award. The Hiring Our Heroes initiative launched in March 2011 is a nationwide effort to connect […]

VA video series teaches Veterans how to use new tool when filing disability claims online

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is transforming the way Veterans learn about and apply for benefits earned, through a new video tutorial completed in October highlighting the digital Disability Compensation Benefits Claims tool released earlier this year . Built with Veterans, for Veterans, — an iterative development process that incorporates user testing and human-centered design principles — the […]

VA and Pet Partners combine efforts to bring therapy animal services to more Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partnered with non-profit organization Pet Partners in October to help improve quality of life, social engagement and health of Veterans, by increasing access to animal-assisted activities (AAA) and animal-assisted therapy (AAT) services throughout the VA health care system. Pet Partners and VA will train therapy animal teams, encourage VA medical […]

The VA Innovators Network enlists FedTech to help transform employee ideas into Veteran solutions

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has contracted with start-up organization FedTech to provide training to VA employees during FedTech’s Innovation Boot Camp Nov. 19 – 21 in Washington, D.C. The instruction will be provided throughout a one-year period to more than 150 employees from 34 Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Innovators Networks (iNET), sponsored medical centers. […]