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Graphic saying New 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)

VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge” - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a Make-a-thon challenge, which is 2-day event aimed at accelerating the development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. The challenge brings together designers, makers, technology industry leaders and Veterans. (7/21/15)

VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care - The Department of Veterans Affairs today urged Congress to act expeditiously and approve its pending request for fiscal year 2015 budget flexibility. The request, formally transmitted on June 23, seeks the transfer of funds from the Choice Program to continue VA's efforts to increase Veterans' access to care and life-saving pharmaceuticals. (7/13/15)

VA Funds New Studies Using Million Veteran Program Data - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing four new studies that will use genetic and other data from VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP) to answer key questions on heart disease, kidney disease, and substance use—high-priority conditions affecting Veterans.  (7/7/15)

New VA Leaders Shulkin and Council Take Oath of Office - Dr. David J. Shulkin and LaVerne Horton Council today took the oath of office where they will serve respectively as Under Secretary for Health and Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Both were nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate on June 23. (7/6/15)

VA-led Consortium Launches Brain Bank for Research on PTSD - A consortium led by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has launched the first brain tissue biorepository (also known as a “brain bank”) – to support research on the causes, progression and treatment of PTSD affecting Veterans. (7/2/15)

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)

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)

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)

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