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Navy Veteran finds profound healing through music therapy

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.

Puerto Rico National Cemetery after Hurricane Maria

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 […]

VA Working to Reduce Time Doctors Spend on Paperwork

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 […]

VA Appoints New Members to Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans

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 […]

VA Launches Program Aimed at Providing Veterans More Options in Claims Disagreements

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 […]

Statement from Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions

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 […]

November is now Veterans and Military Families Month

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 […]

New VA and Johnson & Johnson Campaign Encourages Public to Take Note of Veterans at Risk for Suicide

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: To mobilize the nation, a new video narrated by actor and […]