Forbes ranks VA as one of the best employers in 17 states

Forbes has named the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) one of America’s best employers in 17 states in its second annual survey of America’s best employers by state. According to the survey, VA is a top-ranked employer in 17 states: Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South […]

Study finds VA outperforms community hospitals on Veteran outcomes for a coronary procedure

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today study results, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found Veterans undergoing an elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for stable angina at community hospitals had an increased chance of dying following the intervention than Veterans who underwent the procedure at VA hospitals who had better outcomes. At community hospitals Veterans had a […]

During Suicide Prevention Month VA encourages supporters to “Be There” for Veterans and help connect them with resources

This September, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes Suicide Prevention Month highlighting VA’s Be There campaign, reminding Veterans and their loved ones that small actions can make a big difference to Veterans going through difficult times. During this and every month, Be There wants Veterans, community leaders and Veterans’ families and friends to know there is no […]

VA offers electronic virtual assistant for Veterans to connect faster with counselors

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a new artificial intelligence platform designed to enhance customer service and provide timely responses to Veterans. The electronic Virtual Assistant (e-VA) allows Veterans to receive a timely response to basic questions, automated alerts, follow-up messages, appointment reminders and the ability to schedule and reschedule appointments. “For […]

VA dedicates Acadia National Cemetery in Maine

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today dedicated a new national cemetery in rural Jonesboro, Maine. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie unveiled the dedication plaque for Acadia National Cemetery, the first national cemetery in the state to be open to new interments in nearly 60 years. “This new cemetery nestled here in the balsam fir forests […]

VA announces new clinical trial for Veterans with COVID-19

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new clinical trial to study convalescent plasma for treating seriously ill COVID-19 patients as part of a larger effort to give Veterans faster access to potential COVID-19 treatments and test the treatments’ effectiveness. The trial is the first of multiple studies in VA Coronavirus Research and Efficacy Studies […]

VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals reaches appeal decisions goal early

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the Board of Veterans’ Appeals(Board) has exceeded its annual goal of issuing 91,500 appeals decisions in fiscal year 2020. The Board reached this goal weeks ahead of schedule and is on track to issue more decisions. “This goal was reached ahead of schedule despite the challenges and difficulties of operating […]

VA recognizes winners of 2020 Community Partnership Challenge

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the winners of the 2020 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Community Partnership Challenge recognizing VA facility partnerships with local community organizations that help Veterans and their families lead happier healthier lives. The annual challenge spotlights successful partnerships between VA medical facilities and nongovernmental organizations and brings attention to the […]

VA’s digital COVID-19 screening for Veterans, employees, aids in low infection rate

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the use of digital screening at VA health care facilities and increased telehealth has enabled the department to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing for Veterans and employees. To date, VA has tested more than 576,000 Veterans and employees for COVID-19, one of many aggressive steps used to prevent […]