VA employees “Show Some Love” during 2020 CFC kickoff

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, employees in the national capital region launched their 2020 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season to support causes ranging from Veteran suicide prevention to children with special needs. As the “Show Some Love” theme continues for this year’s campaign, VA personnel will once again step up to pledge money […]

VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers begins expanding eligibility to Veterans of earlier eras

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today  implementation of a new information technology (IT) system marking the official launch of the first phase of expansion of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) to caregivers of eligible Veterans of earlier eras. The Caregiver Records Management Application (CARMA) automates manual processes and integrates with […]

Borne the Battle Podcast Ep. 213: Ericka Land, War Poet *FULL INTERVIEW*

The first poem Army Veteran Erika Land composed was meant to be her farewell gift to the world before she committed suicide. Now she travels around the country to share the art which motivated her to keep on living. Full Episode (SUBSCRIBE): www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/borne-the-battle-podcast/ READ: www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/79285/borne-battle-episode-213-army-veteran-erika-land-war-poet/

VA awards adaptive sports grants for Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it will award nearly $15 million to 119 national, regional and community programs, headquartered in 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Programs funded through these grants will offer adaptive sports and activities to more than 13,000 Veterans and members of the Armed Forces […]

VA wins presidential award for its in-house innovations improving health care services for Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it received the highest level of distinction within the Gears of Government President’s Award program for three innovations that have greatly improved services for Veterans at VA hospitals across the country. The award recognized Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) staff responsible for curating, funding and expanding in-house innovations, […]

VA completes digitization of archived Vietnam-era deck logs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today completion of an interagency effort with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to digitize declassified deck logs to process claims faster for eligible Vietnam-era Veterans. The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard deck logs within NARA contain helpful information being used to validate claims for Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veterans who served in the […]

VA breaks ground on American Indian Veterans Memorial at Riverside National Cemetery

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie today broke ground on the first American Indian Veterans Memorial at a VA national cemetery. This is VA’s first major monument honoring American Indian, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander Veterans. “Today is California Native American Day and there is no better way to honor American […]

VA completes transfer of U.S. Army cemeteries as part of government reform and reorganization effort

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today completed the consolidation of various Army post cemeteries, an action first outlined in the department’s June 2018 Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations. VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) accepted the last Army post cemetery when it took over operations of the […]

VA’s Home Loan Guaranty program provides regulatory relief in response to COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that VA is allowing home mortgage loan deferments for Veterans who have experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 national emergency. In Executive Order 13924 President Trump directed federal agencies to rescind, modify, waive, or provide exemptions from regulations and other requirements that may inhibit economic recovery. Many […]