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Graphic saying New  National Creative Arts Festival in North Carolina Showcases Veterans’ Artistry - The Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina will host more than 100 Veterans from across the country for the 2015 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. The festival runs Oct. 12 through Oct. 18. (10/9/15)

Graphic saying New VA’s Million Veteran Program hits 400K Milestone - The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Million Veteran Program (MVP) has enrolled its 400,000th Veteran volunteer, squarely putting it on track to become one of the world’s largest medical databases, linking genetic, clinical, lifestyle and military-exposure information, with the goal of learning more about the role of genes in health and disease. (10/8/15)

Graphic saying New VA Announces Expansion of Veterans Economic Communities Initiative - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the expansion of a program aimed at increasing education and employment opportunities to America’s Veterans to an additional to 25 new communities. The Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) brings together local and national partners to coordinate services for Veterans, Servicemembers and military families. (9/30/15)

Graphic saying New VA Announces $12.8 Million in funding to Help the Homeless - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced $12.8 million in renewal funding through the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program to 20 community agencies that currently provide transitional housing with supportive services for homeless Veterans under the Transition in Place (TIP) model. (9/29/15)

VA Announces $4 Million in Funding to Help the Homeless - WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of $4 million in renewal funding offered through the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program to 21 community agencies that currently provide enhanced services for homeless Veterans with special needs. (9/24/15)

VA Secretary Robert McDonald to Meet With First-Ever All Female Honor Flight Participants - VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald will speak to more than 140 Veterans who are in Washington D.C. as part of the first-ever all female Honor Flight. Honor Flights transport our nation’s Veterans to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service. The flight arriving on September 22 is comprised of 70 female World War II Veterans and 70 post-9/11 era female Veterans. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs will provide remarks during a short ceremony at the Women in Military Service Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to honor these Veterans. (9/21/15)

VA Awards $8 Million in Adaptive Sport Grants to Aid Disabled Veterans - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the awarding of up to $8 million in grants to eligible recipients with experience managing largescale adaptive sports programs for disabled Veterans and disabled Servicemembers of the Armed Forces. The grant recipients may use these funds for planning, developing, managing and implementing adaptive sports programs. (9/15/15)

VA Awards Local Grants to Prevent and End Homelessness - Thousands of very low-income Veteran families around the nation, who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing, will continue to have access to crucial services with the renewal of approximately $300 million in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.  (9/14/15)

VA More Than Triples Volunteers in Facilities Nationwide through Summer of Service - The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that the 2015 Summer of Service initiative, which launched in May, has exceeded the goals set for community volunteers serving Veterans and the development of new partnerships to reach Veterans and their family members. VA’s Summer of Service mobilized approximately 300,000 citizens across the country to honor the nation’s sacred commitment to caring for Veterans. (9/9/15)

National Rehabilitation Event Marks 22 Years of Golf Therapy - More than 200 Veterans from across the country are set to participate in one of the nation’s top adaptive golf events for blind and disabled Veterans. The National Veterans Training, Exposure, and Experience (TEE) Tournament will kick off in Iowa City on Sept. 7 and run through Sept. 11.  (9/3/15)

VA/DoD Online Service Tops 5 Million Users - Participation in the joint Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense eBenefits website topped five million users this week, two months ahead of schedule. VA established an agency priority goal of reaching five million eBenefits users by the end of fiscal year 2015. VA achieved this early milestone through aggressive outreach efforts and with the support of DoD and its Veterans Service Organization partners. (9/1/15)

VA Announces New Rules Regarding Service Animals in VA Facilities - Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has revised its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property. The updated regulation will ensure VA practices remain consistent with applicable federal law. It will also assist individuals entering VA facilities in developing a clear and consistent understanding of the criteria governing facility access for service animals.  (8/17/15)

Senior Veterans Showcase Benefits of Sports During National Veterans Golden Age Games - More than 800 Veterans ages 55 and older are expected to compete in the 29th National Veterans Golden Age Games, Aug. 8-12 in Omaha. The official kick-off starts at 6:30 p.m., August 8 at the CenturyLink Center Arena. (8/7/15)

VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs - The Department of Veterans Affairs today launched two new no-cost training programs, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, to help transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from all eras learn skills, earn credentials, and advance in civilian careers following separation from service. (8/5/15)

VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune - As part of VA’s ongoing commitment to provide care to Veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that it will start the process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain conditions resulting from exposure to contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.  (8/3/15)

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