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Graphic saying New 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)

Graphic saying New 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)

Graphic saying New 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)

Graphic saying New 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)

Graphic saying New 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)

VA Secretary and Deputy Secretary tell Commission on Care: Transformation is Underway and Already Delivering Measurable Results for Veterans - Today Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald and Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson updated the Commission on Care laying out the current state of VA and the transformation that is underway to deliver better customer service and results for America’s Veterans (4/18/16)

New Members Appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans - Five new members were recently appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on Women Veterans (Committee), an expert panel that advises VA’s Secretary on issues and programs impacting women Veterans. Established in 1983, the Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary for policy and legislative changes. “The Committee’s guidance is instrumental in shaping VA policy for women Veterans, and providing insight on their diverse needs,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. “VA anticipates the important contributions and fresh perspectives the newest members will offer to this invaluable Committee.”  (4/18/16)

VA Announces Future Site of the VA National Archives - The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that the Dayton VA Medical Center has been officially selected as the site for the National Department of Veterans Affairs Archives. Secretary Robert A. McDonald made the announcement this morning speaking to a group of Dayton-area leaders. (4/12/16)

Top VA Health Care Official Announces Initiatives and Progress Made to Improve Access to Care - – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) top health care official today announced progress and new steps VA is taking to improve Veterans access to health care. Dr. David J. Shulkin, Under Secretary for Health, announced the measures during a briefing to a group of more than 100 journalists attending the Association of Health Care Journalists’ conference April 8 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (4/8/16)

100th VA Grant-Funded Veterans Cemetery Dedicated - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the opening of the 100th VA grant funded Veterans cemetery. An $8.9 million grant from the VA funded the new Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Marana, Arizona. The cemetery is the 100th Veterans cemetery funded with a VA grant awarded to a State or Tribal organization.  (4/7/16)

Hundreds of Disabled Veterans to Attend 30th Winter Sports Clinic - Nearly 400 disabled Veterans are hitting the slopes this week at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colorado. The Clinic, sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and DAV (Disabled American Veterans), is the largest adaptive event of its kind in the world and will take place April 3 – 8. (4/4/16)

VA Makes Contract Awards Totaling up to $6.8 Billion for Medical Disability Examinations - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the award of twelve major contracts that will enhance its ability to deliver timely disability benefits claims decisions to the nation’s Veterans in line with the MyVA initiative. The contracts make up a $6.8 billion enterprise-wide Medical Disability Examination Program under Public Law 104-275, and represent a major step forward in improving the disability examination experience for Veterans.  (3/29/16)

VA Awards Grants to Develop Technology to Help Veterans, Servicemembers Modify Their Specially Adapted Homes - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the award of $784,421 in Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grants to eligible individuals, researchers, and organizations to develop new technologies that would enhance Veterans and Servicemembers’ ability to live in specially adapted homes.  (3/28/16)

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