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Graphic saying New  VA Launches Veterans Legacy Program - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the launch of the Veterans Legacy Program to memorialize Veterans’ service and sacrifice through public educational programming. The program uses the rich resources found throughout VA national cemeteries, Soldiers’ lots and monument sites. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the program yesterday during a Memorial Day ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California. (5/31/16)

Graphic saying New VA Proposes to Grant Full Practice Authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing a rule to grant full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment. Full practice authority will help optimize access to VA health care by permitting APRNs to assess, diagnose, prescribe medications and interpret diagnostic tests. This action proposes to expand the pool of qualified health care professionals authorized to provide primary health care and other related health care services to the full extent of their education, training, and certification to Veterans without the clinical supervision of a physician.  (5/29/16)

Graphic saying New Ahead of Memorial Day, Seven VA National Cemeteries Are Added to the National Register of Historic Places - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior has added seven VA national cemeteries to the National Register of Historic Places. The recognition coincides with the national celebration of Historic Preservation Month each May and comes ahead of a weekend of Memorial Day observances at VA National Cemeteries nationwide. (5/27/16)

Graphic saying New Statement from VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald - On Monday, I made some remarks on how we’re working to improve Veterans' satisfaction with the care they receive from VA. It was never my intention to suggest that I don't take our mission of serving Veterans very seriously.  (5/24/16)

VA Announces Telemental Health Clinical Resource Centers During Telemedicine Association Gathering - As the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) works to improve Veterans’ access to health care, its telehealth services play an integral role in that process, said Dr. David J. Shulkin, VA’s Under Secretary for Health. Dr. Shulkin spoke today to members of the American Telemedicine Association attending the group’s 2016 conference in Minneapolis, where he also announced the establishment of five VA Mental Health Telehealth Clinical Resource Centers to provide enhanced mental health access and services to Veterans in remote locations.  (5/16/16)

Rosemary Williams Appointed as VA Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today welcomed the appointment of Rosemary Freitas Williams as Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Public Affairs.  (5/13/16)

Two VA Employees Lauded For Their Work With Homeless Veterans - Two Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) employees were named finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medal, also known as the Sammies. The Sammies, called the “Oscars” of government service, are a highly respected public service honor named for the late founder of the non-profit organization, Partnership for Public Service. The awards align with his vision of a dynamic and innovative federal workforce that meets the needs of the American people. (5/10/16)

Hundreds of Injured Military Veterans from Around the Globe Come to Orlando to Compete in the 2016 Invictus Games - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proud to support the over 500 ill and injured military Veterans from 15 Nations who have come to Orlando, Fla. to compete in the 2016 Invictus Games taking place May 8 – 12, 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.  (5/6/16)

Improving the Veteran’s Experience through MyVA Communities - As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) MyVA initiative, the largest transformation in the history of VA, VA is reporting the progress and growth of the locally led, community-driven initiative, MyVA Communities.  (5/4/16)

VA selects new Director of the Center for Women Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the appointment of a new director of the Center for Women Veterans. (5/3/16)

VA Life Insurance Program Scores High in Veteran Satisfaction - VA’s Life Insurance Program received a strong customer satisfaction score of 81 on a scale of 100 from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), an independent survey that scores customer satisfaction for more than 300 private companies and federal and local government agencies.  (4/29/16)

VA Announces New Leaders - The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced four senior leader appointments at facilities in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  (4/26/16)

MESSAGE FROM THE VA UNDER SECRETARY FOR HEALTH - On April 19, I testified before the House Veteran Affairs Committee during a hearing related to delays in Veteran’s Access to Healthcare. In the course of that hearing, a member of the Committee said that it was his understanding that the Department of Veterans Affairs refused to fire a VA Caribbean Health Care System employee who was convicted of an armed robbery in Puerto Rico. The member further asked what VA was doing to “take care of the situation.”  (4/22/16)

VA Secretary Joins Others in Pledge to Donate their Brains to VA-lead TBI Research Program - Today the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced that he, along with three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar and former NFL player and Super Bowl champion Phil Villapiano, have pledged to donate their brains to advance brain research ?conducted by VA in partnership with the Concussion Legacy Foundation. (4/20/16)

VA Convenes Leaders in Brain Health to Advance Solutions for mTBI and PTSD at Brain Trust Summit - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is leading a groundbreaking two-day event focused on brain health, Brain Trust: Pathways to InnoVAtion. The first annual public-private partnership event will take place this week at the National Press Club and the IBM Institute for Electronic Government in Washington, DC. (4/19/16)



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