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Graphic saying New  VA Expands Disability Benefits for Air Force Personnel Exposed to Contaminated C-123 Aircraft - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some benefits for a select group of Air Force Veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand. (6/18/15)

Graphic saying New Hundreds of Veterans to Participate in National Veterans Wheelchair Games - More than 600 of America’s best wheelchair athletes, all disabled U.S. military Veterans, are arriving in Dallas, Texas, for the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games being held there June 21–26, 2015. The Wheelchair Games is occurring this year during the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) “Summer of Service,” an initiative designed to build upon existing partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans in their communities. (6/17/15)

Graphic saying New VA Partners with Richmond International Raceway to Increase Veterans’ Access to Benefits - The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced a partnership with the Richmond International Raceway (RIR) to promote greater access and awareness to VA benefits and services at the upcoming NASCAR races on Sept. 11 and 12 in Richmond. The partnership with RIR is part of VA’s “Summer of Service” initiative designed to encourage and grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans in their communities. (6/16/15)

VA Campaign Encourages Public to Help Raise PTSD Awareness - As the country recognizes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, the VA National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) is inviting the public to participate in its “PTSD Awareness: June 2015” campaign, which began June 1. This year’s goal is to help more Veterans, their families, caregivers and community members understand what PTSD is and know that there are specific treatments that can help improve and save lives. (6/15/15)

Study may help Department of Veterans Affairs find patients with high-risk of suicide - NIH/VA Release: Using Veterans Health Administration health system electronic medical record data, the Department of Veterans Affairs and National Institute of Mental Health scientists were able to identify very small groups of individuals within the VHA’s patient population with very high, predicted suicide risk -- most of whom had not been identified for suicide risk by clinicians. Such methods can help the VHA to target suicide prevention efforts for patients at high risk, and may have more wide-ranging benefits. (6/11/15)

VA Launches Community-Based Employment Service for Homeless Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced a new employment program aimed at helping job-ready Veterans exiting homelessness, and those on the brink of homelessness, gain stable and long-term employment.  (6/10/15)

VA moving Forward on Denver Replacement Facility, Transformational Plan - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today submitted a plan to Congress to move forward on the Denver Replacement Medical Center.  (6/5/15)

VA to Conduct Nationwide Series of Events to Celebrate Women Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a series of one-day events to raise awareness and celebrate the stories of women Veterans. The events, to be held in five locations across the country, will provide an overview of services and benefits available to women Veterans. Experts will be available to answer Veterans’ questions, and exhibitors will share information on their many resources. (6/2/15)

VA Begins Summer of Service to Bolster Volunteer Assistance for Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new nationwide initiative designed to build upon its existing partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans in their communities. The Department is renewing its commitment to Veterans and embarking upon a “Summer of Service” that seeks the help of citizens across the country to honor that commitment. (5/26/15)

MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY - Memorial Day 2015 - Many have heard the saying, "Poor is the Nation that has no heroes, but beggared is the Nation that has and forgets them." On this Memorial Day, let us pause to remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion for our Nation. Let us remember the special nobility and grace of those who donned the uniforms of our country and sacrificed their lives during times of conflict. Let us remember—as we renew our commitment to honor those we have lost—that, every day, dedicated men and women put their lives on the line to protect all of us. We owe them all our deepest gratitude.  (5/22/15)

Statement from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald on Aurora VA Hospital - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald made the following statement regarding the apparent compromise legislation moving through Congress that would prevent a shutdown of the construction of the Denver Replacement Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado (5/21/15)

Statement from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald - Statement from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald (5/20/15)

VA Launches Campaign to Increase Veterans’ Economic Potential - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, with leaders from national and local Veterans service organizations, corporate employers and government agencies, announced the launch of the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative, an effort focused in a total of 50 U.S. cities to promote economic success for Veterans.  (5/18/15)

VA Launches Innovation Creation Series to Improve Quality of Life for Veterans - Can you imagine losing the ability to use everyday objects like your phone, typing on a computer or even enjoying a beloved hobby like photography? These are a just a few of the challenges that Veterans and civilians with disabilities such as amputations and tremors face every day – and these are the challenges the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wants to help solve. Through the launch of VA’s Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies, VA invites all designers, engineers, and problem solvers alike, to help us find creative ways to solve these challenges.  (5/15/15)

VA Secretary Waives Resident-Rate Requirements of the Choice Act through December, 2015 - In order to make it easier for Veterans and their families to receive their GI Bill benefits where they choose, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has used his authority to waive the provisions of Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act). This action will ensure all GI Bill® students are able to continue training at their chosen institutions. Under Section 702, VA must disapprove education programs at public institutions for Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (MGIB-AD) benefits if a school charges certain individuals tuition and fees in excess of the resident rate for terms beginning after July 1, 2015.  (5/15/15)

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