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News Releases

Graphic saying New VA Moves to Streamline Identification of Rural Land Areas - In order to more accurately identify and serve rural Veterans, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is improving the method it uses to define urban, rural and highly rural land areas. (8/22/14)

Graphic saying New Remarks by Secretary Robert McDonald during AMVETS National Conference - Secretary Robert McDonald delivers remarks during AMVETS National Conference in Memphis, TN (8/13/14)

Graphic saying New VA Expands Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) Contracts to Provide Access to Primary Care - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that primary care has been added to the services available to Veterans through VA’s Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) contracts, a key and evolving part of the non-VA medical care program. Eligible Veterans are already able to access inpatient specialty care, outpatient specialty care, mental health care, limited emergency care and limited newborn care for female Veterans following childbirth under PC3.  (8/13/14)

Graphic saying New VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veterans Homelessness - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. (8/11/14)

Graphic saying New VA Secretary McDonald Delivers Keynote Speech During Disabled American Veterans Conference in Las Vegas - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today delivered the keynote address during the Disabled American Veterans Conference in Las Vegas.  (8/9/14)

In Phoenix, Secretary McDonald Announces Independent Review of All VA Scheduling Practices - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has initiated an independent, nation-wide review of all scheduling practices at VA medical facilities. In his first trip as Secretary, McDonald also announced a series of additional actions to improve veterans’ access to timely, quality health care following a series of meetings with veterans and employees at the Phoenix VA Health Care System (VAHCS). (8/8/14)

Secretary McDonald Announces Town Hall Events at Veterans’ Facilities Nationwide - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald has directed all Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare and benefits facilities to hold town-hall events by the end of September to improve communication with, and hear directly from, Veterans nationwide. (8/5/14)

VA Fights Against Veteran Identity Theft - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it has launched a new campaign to educate Veterans about identity theft prevention. The new campaign, titled More Than a Number, references the personally identifiable information that VA encourages Veterans to protect. (8/5/14)

Secretary McDonald Issues Message to VA Employees - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today released the following message to VA employees: MESSAGE FROM SECRETARY McDONALD I am grateful to President Obama and to Congress for this opportunity to join the dedicated employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and I am honored to serve as your Secretary and lead VA. We are immensely fortunate to work in an organization with the noblest and most respected mission in Government—serving this Nation’s Veterans.  (7/31/14)

VA Releases Latest Facility-Level Patient Access Data - In keeping with the commitment to improve transparency in the department’s processes, VA today released the latest update of facility-level patient access data. (7/31/14)

VA Proposes Removal of Employees Who Manipulated Data - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today proposed a series of disciplinary actions against six employees at Department facilities in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Fort Collins, Colo. These actions are a part of VA’s effort to rebuild the trust of America’s Veterans. (7/29/14)

Acting Secretary Gibson Outlines Progress in Phoenix - As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Accelerating Access to Care Initiative, the Phoenix VA Health Care System has reached out to more than 5,000 Veterans to coordinate the acceleration of their care.  (7/28/14)

Actions taken to improve health care in Phoenix - Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson today told members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken action on the four recommendations made in the Interim Report of the Office of Inspector General for the Phoenix VA Health Care System. (7/24/14)

VA Announces $8 Million in Grants for New Adaptive Sports for Disabled Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the availability of up to $8 million in grant funding to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces; adaptive sports are those sports that have been created or modified for persons with disabilities. (7/24/14)

Remarks of Acting Secretary Sloan D. Gibson During VFW Annual Convention - Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson today spoke during the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 115th National Convention.  (7/22/14)



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