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  1. Physical Evaluation Board Forum

    Nine VA Programs Receive Awards for Innovation in Health IT

    Nine U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs were recently recognized for outstanding innovations in federal health technology at an awards ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Continue reading...
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    VA Provides Reorganization Plan to Strengthen and Modernize Department

    WASHINGTON - Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced specific recommendations in the President's 'Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century' - Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations.' Continue reading...
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    VA Showcases New Medical Advancements in Veteran Care on Capitol Hill

    WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Office of Research and Development hosted a Research Fair at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill to share new medical advancements in improving health care and quality of life for Veterans across the nation. Continue...
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    VA Releases National Suicide Data Report

    WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Continue reading...
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    VA Issues New Policy to Protect Veteran Homeowners from Predatory Lending

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a new policy implementing the May 2018 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, to protect Veteran homeowners from predatory lending practices when obtaining a VA-guaranteed refinance loan. Continue...
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    VA Extends Record of Transparency with First-Ever Posting of Annual Nursing Home Ratings

    Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) extended its unprecedented 18-month record of transparency disclosures by making public for the first time its annual nursing home ratings. The data show that, overall, VA's nursing home system - composed of more than 130 community living...
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    VA and PsychArmor Institute Offer Online Suicide Prevention Training

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with PsychArmor Institute, a national nonprofit that provides online education and support to Americans who work with, live with or care for military service members, Veterans and their families, recently launched an...
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    VA's Veterans Crisis Line Improves Service With Third Call Center Opening in Topeka, Kansas

    WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has opened its third Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) call center in Topeka, Kansas on the campus of the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center. Continue reading...
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    VA Commits $17 Million to Expand Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program

    WASHINGTON - The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking action to address Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) by earmarking $17 million in funds to support Veterans in need. Continue reading...
  10. Physical Evaluation Board Forum

    Statement by Acting VA Secretary Peter O'Rourke - President Trump signs historic MISSION Act

    Today President Trump kept his promise to our Nation's Veterans and signed the historic VA MISSION Act into law. His leadership today in the Rose Garden is testament to his commitment to Veterans, caregivers, and their families. Continue reading...
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    VA Leaders and Team Named as Finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals

    WASHINGTON - Two employees and a team from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were recently honored as finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, or Sammies, by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, which recognizes the accomplishments of federal civil servants...
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    VA's Board of Veterans' Appeals resolves record number of claims to date for FY 2018

    Underscoring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) pledge to reduce the wait time for those appealing disability benefits claims, the Board of Veterans' Appeals, as of May 27, has signed more than 53,650 decisions to date in fiscal year (FY) 2018, which is approximately 86 percent more...
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    Focused on Patient Safety, VA to Host Summit Launching a National Registry for Medical Implant Devices

    In collaboration with three federal agencies and several academic leaders, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a national summit June 4 in Washington, D.C., focused on launching the nation's largest health-system, medical-implant tracking program. Continue reading...
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    President Trump's Executive Order Supporting Mental Health Care for Transitioning Service Members Now Underway

    WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the White House has approved an interagency plan to implement President Trump's executive order supporting Veterans with mental health care and suicide-prevention resources during their transition from uniformed...
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    VA Recognizes Mental Health Month With Video Campaign Focused on How Treatment Can Transform Lives

    WASHINGTON - In recognition of Mental Health Month this May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) emphasized the positive impact of mental health treatment through a video campaign spotlighting hundreds of Veterans who have stepped forward to combat the stigma around mental health that...
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    VA Announces New Acting Secretary, Retirement of Deputy Secretary

    Today, the White House named Peter O'Rourke as Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. O'Rourke previously served as VA Chief of Staff. Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd will serve as VA Acting Chief of Staff while Mr. O'Rourke serves as Acting Secretary. She previously was VA Deputy...
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    Statement by Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie - VA signs contract with Cerner for an electronic health record system

    I am pleased to announce we have signed a contract with Cerner today that will modernize the VA's health care IT system and help provide seamless care to Veterans as they transition from military service to Veteran status, and when they choose to use community care. This is one of the largest IT...
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    Statement by Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie - House Passage of the MISSION Act

    I congratulate Chairman Roe and Members from both parties who forged an overwhelming vote of support for the MISSION Act. This long-awaited legislation streamlines VA's community care programs, strengthens health care options for our nation's Veterans, whether in the VA or in the community, and...
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    VA Announces Whole Health Flagship Sites: Personalized Plan Puts Veterans in Control of their Health Care

    WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released the names of 18 facilities designated VA Whole Health Flagship sites, which are spread around the country within the VA health-care system and are focused on empowering and equipping Veterans to take charge of their health and...
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    VA announces Paul Lawrence as new Under Secretary for Benefits

    Today VA announced that Paul R. Lawrence will assume office Tuesday, May 15 as the department's new Under Secretary for Benefits. Lawrence is a former Army captain and airborne school graduate, and has served in a number of key positions in the accounting industry, focusing primarily in the area...
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