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VA Fills First Phase of Veteran Retraining Program

The Veterans Affairs Department has approved applications for all 45,000 slots available in fiscal 2012 under the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program and is in the process of approving applications for 54,000 slots available in fiscal 2013, VA officials announced today.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – September 19 2012

Dr. Patricia Hayes, VA's chief consultant on women’s health care, has spearheaded the effort to transform VA's culture to better care for female Veterans.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – September 12, 2012

Eleven years ago today, nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives in the September 11 attacks. As our country transformed, many Veterans have helped make 9/11 as a reason to serve their communities.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 28, 2012

Veterans! Here’s your Top 10 News stories of the day compiled from the latest sources   We encourage you to browse our list so that you...

Interagency Agreement Offers Convenience to Veterans’ Prescription Refills

Nearly 250,000 patients served by the Indian Health Service (IHS) have utilized a prescription service available through an interagency agreement between IHS and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA Central Office Installs System to Efficiently Manage Energy Use

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently completed the installation of a sophisticated Environmental Management System (EMS) at its central office, which will provide an estimated $3.5 million in savings over the next five years.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 14, 2012

Currently, 74 VA facilities in 36 states have an active VA Medical Foster Home Program, with hundreds of caregivers opening their homes to Veterans who would otherwise be in a nursing home.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 11, 2012

More than 100 sailors are suing the federal government for pushing them out of the Navy amid mass layoffs driven by record retention rates.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 08, 2012

ongressman Sanford Bishop calls it "the sword" once poised over a special congressional budget "super committee" charged with cutting $1.2 trillion in federal discretionary spending.

VA Supports Gulf War Veterans on Multiple Fronts

It has now been 22 years since the start of the 1990-1991 Gulf War which comprises the deployment and combat operations known as Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 07, 2012

UPI.com U.S. President Barack Obama greets U.S. Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune in 2009. ... The bipartisan "Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012" allows the Department of Veterans Affairs ...

VA, Veteran Representatives Partner in Fully Developed Claims Process

The Department of Veterans Affairs hosted an event July 31 for 10 Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) to collaborate in VA’s effort to eliminate the claims backlog.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 03, 2012

On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

VA Expanding Burial Options in Rural Areas

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that it is moving forward with a plan to provide burial services for Veterans in rural areas where there are no available VA national cemeteries, state Veterans cemeteries or tribal Veterans cemeteries.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 01, 2012

National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, is a time to celebrate the history, achievements, traditions and contributions of Hispanic Americans to our nation.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 28, 2012

Department of Defense United States Department of Defense ... Eventually, Blackburn went to a local law enforcement academy, where she got her training in contract security.

NCHV Announces Teleconferences on Homeless Female Veterans

Homeless female veterans face many barriers in obtaining gainful employment. In fiscal year (FY) 2010, 77% of homeless female veterans were unemployed.

Home Operators Claim VA Misled Them in Contracts for Sheltering Homeless...

Tara Ingram says she and her mother spent thousands of dollars installing sprinklers and making other improvements to ensure their house would qualify for a Veterans Affairs contract to shelter homeless veterans.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 24, 2012

Reverse boot camp provides a five to seven day training program for returning Veterans on career readiness and transitioning back to civilian life.

Redesigned Transition Assistance Program Announced

VA has launched a comprehensive program to identify, screen and treat all Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI), and to ensure that they receive patient-centered, integrated care and benefits.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 20, 2012

San Antonio Express A local paralympian and San Antonio Veteran was chosen to join First Lady Michelle Obama during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 19, 2012

A VA outpatient clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma is taking new strides to provide comprehensive health care for women Veterans.

VA to Expand Health Care Service

As part of the continuing effort to provide world-class health care closer to where more Veterans live, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs today announced plans to open 13 new community-based outpatient clinics in nine states.

VA Exceeds 2012 Goal to Improve Online Access to Benefits Information

VA has completed a record-breaking 1 million claims per year the last two fiscal years, and is on target to complete another 1 million claims in FY2012.

House Approves Vets Legislation, Sends Two Bills to Senate for Consideration

The House unanimously approved Monday two bills meant to help jobless and disabled veterans

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 16, 2012

U.S. Navy Veteran and longtime movie icon Ernest Borgnine died at the age of 95 on July 8. Raised during the Great Depression, Borgnine enlisted in the Navy in 1935, mainly to help his family through the difficult times.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 13, 2012

VA has created segmented lanes to help get claims processed faster and with greater accuracy.

VA Report: New Training Model Yields Faster, More Accurate Claims Processing

VA has also developed a skills certification process to assess employees’ job proficiency in comparison to national performance standards.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 03, 2012

A Pentagon review of compensation members of the National Guard and reservists receive is recommending that changes be made to make salaries and benefits more equitable, according to an article from The Associated Press.

States’ Attorneys General Action A Victory for Veterans and the GI...

Officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs applauded a decision by the attorneys general of several states to give VA the rights to use the GIBill.Com website, after the website’s original owners QuinStreet Inc. agreed to give up the internet site to settle a lawsuit by the states.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 27, 2012

The VA for Vets Hiring Event started Tuesday in Detroit. June 26-28 the COBO Center will host employers from all over the country who have jobs for Vets.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 26, 2012

The shiny item coming up through dirt near Rome turned out to be the dog tag for an American soldier from World War II.

New Mental Health Center at VA Palo Alto Health Care System...

The Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Robert Petzel joined Veterans, staff and congressional representatives on June 22 to open a state-of-the-art, 80-bed acute mental health center at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 23, 2012

On Thursday, US Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood "unveiled a new portal on their departments' websites designed to help military veterans find jobs in the transportation industry.

VA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation Sign Pact to...

Leaders of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program have signed an agreement pledging “cooperation and collaboration” to help Veterans find civilian jobs. In that spirit, the two organizations will work together in Detroit during the Veterans Hiring Fair June 26-28.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 18, 2012

Millions of dads have served the country in uniform, and for Father’s Day, we honor and thank them for their service by listening to their stories.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 16, 2012

Department of Defense Detroit's Cobo Center will host three major U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-sponsored events from June 26-29.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 15, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the third essay in an 11-part Father’s Day series entitled, Honoring Fathers Who Serve. In May, we asked readers to submit essays about the men who have served our country.

VA Announces Contract for New Butler Facility

The Department of Veterans Affairs has selected Westar Development Company of Aurora, Ohio, to build a health care center in Butler, Pa.

New Education Benefit for Unemployed Veterans Has Strong Response

Within two weeks of being announced, a program to give skills training to some unemployed Veterans has garnered over 12,000 online applications, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.