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We’ve Cut Off the Chicken’s Head

Montel Williams says “It’s time we took the chicken down…”

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – December 27, 2013

Last week, the city of Phoenix made a startling announcement. The Arizona capital had previously identified 222 chronically homeless veterans living in the city, more than half of them veterans of the Vietnam War.

Message From The Secretary of The Veterans Affairs

On Christmas Day, 1878, the New York State Soldiers and Sailors Home in Bath, New York, opened its doors for the first time, serving Christmas dinner to Veterans of the Civil War.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – December 17, 2013

Dr. Ron Pekala, a VA researcher, helps his patients find happiness and is concerned about how the holiday blues affect them. He helps them understand happiness and what it takes to be happy.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – December 13, 2013

“Big data” and “data analytics” are hot topics in government and industry, but how much do they affect the care that Veterans receive at VA?

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – December 05, 2013

Insurance Specialist, Veterans Benefits Administration Under certain circumstances, military spouses can transfer their servicemembers' group life insurance to a private policy.

Process for Complex VA Claims Examined at House Hearing

The House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a hearing today to examine the VA’s process for adjudicating complex disability claims.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – December 02, 2013

Did you know that 6.1 million Veterans live and work in America’s rural communities, and half of those Veterans are enrolled for VA health care?

Opening Doors to Innovation: Building Strong Connections to Rapidly House Veterans

Please join the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) for a free webinar discussion...

Message From The Secretary Of Veterans Affairs

The blessings of freedom and justice, opportunity and prosperity, so dear to all Americans, were not gained without sacrifice, nor preserved without purpose.

VA Marks the 10-Year Anniversary of My HealtheVet

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of its award-winning Personal Health Record, My HealtheVet (www.myhealth.va.gov), the Department of Veterans Affairs is urging all Veterans and Servicemembers to join the millions already accessing VA health care information and services online.

VA Financing Important for Local Housing Market

The military is an important part of San Diego’s history and economy. With the number of service veterans who choose to call San Diego home, their use of financing from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs play a huge role in the local housing market.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – November 25, 2013

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, check out some travel resources to help you keep up with traffic conditions and airport delays and get through the airport security line faster.

VA and HUD Announce Twenty-Four Percent Reduction in Vets Homelessness since...

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that a new national report shows a 24 percent reduction in homelessness among Veterans since 2010.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – October 25, 2013

PTSD: Exposure versus Cognitive Therapy: VA is preparing to launch a study that will examine the two leading forms of treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder: Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – October 21, 2013

National Physical Therapy Month reminds us how important VA physical therapists are to so many Veterans on the road to managing their conditions with unique treatment interventions.

Rep. Michaud Reacts to VA Furlough Announcement

Today, Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME), Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, reacted to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcement that over 7,000 Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) employees will be put into furlough status and that regional VBA offices will be closed.

Self-help for Posttraumatic Stress

Online self-help tools offer education and coping skills to those affected by trauma, in addition to effective treatments for PTSD. These tools can also be useful for everyday stress management.

Veterans Outrage Over VA Benefit Backlog Justified

But the solution isn’t to replace the VA secretary, it is to push through reforms that will make the benefit system more efficient.

VA News 551 Week of August 12, 2013

VA Expands Access Through Health Technology, Post GI Bill is 4-years-old, Another Tillman Foundation Scholar Profile, Ten Graduate in 7th NCA Academy Class, Preview of August-September Still Serving, Did You Know-Fifth SAVE Award Program....

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 09, 2013

The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.3 million Veterans each year.

VA Exhibits Cutting Edge Health Care

Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today joined the Department of Veterans Affairs at an exhibit of cutting-edge medical technology that is improving treatment and expanding access to care for million veterans throughout the country.

Veterans Summer Celebration & Picnic

August 3rd is the Third Annual Veterans Summer Celebration and Picnic held on the Grand Lawn of the Los Angeles VA National Veterans Home. Prominent guest speakers, music, entertainment, sing-along, picnic-style refreshments and fellowship provide the patriotic foundation for a Grand Salute to honor our World War II Veterans.

Veterans Summer Celebration & Picnic

August 3rd is the Third Annual Veterans Summer Celebration and Picnic held on the Grand Lawn of the Los Angeles VA National Veterans Home. Prominent guest speakers, music, entertainment, sing-along, picnic-style refreshments and fellowship provide the patriotic foundation for a Grand Salute to honor our World War II Veterans.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 26, 2013

OEF/OIF/OND and 1990–91 Gulf War Veterans: Submit your comments through August 20, 2013 about the proposed questionnaire (PDF) for the planned Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.

Bill to Reform VA’s Budget Planning Introduced – Subject of House...

Today, Rep. Mike Michaud (Maine-02), Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced the introduction of H.R. 2704, the “Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Planning Reform Act of 2013,” a bill he wrote to require the VA to institute a more analytical and transparent budget development process.

VA Announces $300 Million in New Grants to Help End Veterans’...

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today the award of nearly $300 million in grants that will help approximately 120,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 11 2013

The mission of the VA is to serve Veterans with the highest-quality health care available anywhere in the world. Here is an introduction to benefits and links to find out more and how to apply.

Agent Orange: Alphabetized Ship List

If your vessel is not included in the Mobile Riverine Force, ISF Division 93 or listed designations (see "Find Your Ship"), check the alphabetized list of ships below.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 08 2013

Prudential’s Communications Manager for the Office of Servicemember's Group Life Insurance If you have Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI), then you should know that VGLI Paperless Billing is now available.

HVAC Explores VA Lease Scoring Stalemate

Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing on the capital investment options available to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in light of changes made by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on how the cost of major medical facility leases are scored.

VA Benefits Equality

Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today welcomed a Supreme Court ruling on federal benefits for married same-sex couples and urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to implement the decision and provide equal treatment for the spouses and children of all veterans.

Veterans’ Education Policy Subject of House Hearing

Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing examining policies designed to increase the educational opportunities provided to veterans at public, private and for-profit colleges and universities across the country.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 16, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named the elimination of hospital-acquired infections one of their "Top Ten Winnable Battles."

Kirkpatrick’s VA backlog legislation passes House

VA CORE, the bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., to help tackle the substantial claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs, today passed the House of Representatives as an amendment to HR 1960, the Department of Defense reauthorization bill.

Security of Veterans Private Information Examined

Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing that examined the security of veterans’ private information.

VA Hires Over 1600 Mental Health Professionals to Meet Goal

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obama’s Aug. 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families.

VA and Veterans Service Organizations Announce Claims Initiative to Reduce Claims...

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and The American Legion announced a new partnership to help reduce the compensation claims backlog for Veterans.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 13, 2013

VA Secretary Shinseki Delivers FSU Commencement Address: Secretary Shinseki delivered the spring 2013 commencement address at Florida State University.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 08, 2013

Various factors may contribute to nonuse of mental health treatment. A survey by VA researchers of a nationally-representative sample of OEF/OIF Veterans indicates that gender and type of presenting problem are two important factors that affect treatment attitudes and likelihood of treatment utilization.