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The Independence Fund knows how important it is to get resources out about programs within the VA and how to navigate the complex system.

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If you are ever experiencing an immediate need or a have a roadblock in navigating the system, please reach out to our advocacy department’s casework team by calling The Independence Fund at 888-851-7996 or emailing us at info at independencefund.org (or using the direct contact form at the bottom of this page.

Together, we will ensure that we can be a hero for our heroes, especially when it comes to understanding the VA.

Supporting the Whole Woman Veteran – Leadership and Resiliency through COVID and Beyond

Supporting the Whole Woman Veteran – Leadership and Resiliency through COVID and Beyond Please join the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for a one of a kind Woman Veteran Series experience hosted by Deputy Secretary Pamela Powers with closing remarks by the VA’s Chief Veterans Experience Officer, Dr. Lynda Davis. TOPICS INCLUDE: » Mental Health/Suicide […]

Bipartisan Coalition Urges Pentagon to Reinstate Stars and Stripes Funding

Bipartisan Coalition Urges Pentagon to Reinstate Stars and Stripes Funding Posted on September 4, 2020 On September 2, 15 Republican and Democratic senators sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper urging him to ensure funding for the Department of Defense’s editorially independent military newspaper, Stars and Stripes. “The 15.5 million currently allocated for the […]

Five U.S. Military Facilities to Begin Testing for Final Stage Coronavirus Vaccine Development

Five U.S. Military Facilities to Begin Testing for Final Stage Coronavirus Vaccine Development Posted on September 4, 2020 The Department of Defense is requesting volunteers to test its final-stage COVID-19 vaccine currently in development, Stars and Stripes reports. Those who qualify are Military Health System beneficiaries – service members, their families and retirees. Potential participants can submit […]

Student Veterans: Apply for Virtual Leadership Training

Student Veterans: Apply for Virtual Leadership Training Student Veterans of America (SVA) Regional Summits provide the tools, techniques, and tactics needed for student Veterans to manage a successful and sustainable SVA chapter. Apply today for this virtual, immersive experience being held on September 19-20 and September 26-27. APPLY NOW

Calling All Those Who Answered the Call: Mission BBQ is Hiring!

Calling All Those Who Answered the Call MISSION BBQ is hiring Veterans for all positions in CT, DE, FL, IL, IN, KT, MD, MI, NJ, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WI. APPLY

Virtual Appeals Hearings

Virtual Appeals Hearings On April 10, 2020, President Trump signed legislation making virtual tele-hearings a permanent option for Veterans. If you have a cell phone, computer or tablet with Wi-Fi, you can have a virtual BVA hearing anywhere with a Veterans Law Judge (VLJ). LEARN MORE

A New Electronic Virtual Assistant Helps Veterans Connect With VR&E

A New Electronic Virtual Assistant Helps Veterans Connect With VR&E VA’s Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) Service is rolling out its electronic Virtual Assistant (e-VA) to help Veterans securely schedule VR&E appointments, text and email their VR&E counselor, receive automated alerts, and submit documentation, all from a smartphone or computer! GET STARTED

Expanded Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

Expanded Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers To support those who support our Veterans, VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers is expanding in October to include: eligible WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Veterans, eligible Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 70% or higher, and access to financial planning and legal services. And all Caregivers have […]

Upcoming Live Virtual Events with the VA for September 2020

Upcoming Live Virtual Events Sept. 3 – VA Benefits Tele-Townhall with VFW Sept. 4 – Heroes Connect: Smithfield Foods Veteran Hiring Sept. 4 – Blue Star Families of Dayton “Flyer Talk Friday” Sept. 8 – Learn about the Veterans Benefits Administration Hiring Process Sept. 9 – Virtual Hiring Fair with Hiring our Heroes, SVA, VA […]

Please Take the PREVENTS Survey

Please Take the PREVENTS Survey On March 05, 2019 President Trump signed Executive Order 13861, known as the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS), Veterans, Veterans service organizations, and communities are requested to take this first-of-its kind PREVENTS survey to share perspectives and feedback on mental health services […]

Support Veterans this Suicide Prevention Month

This month, and every month, take a moment to reach out to a Veteran in your life. Your simple acts of kindness can help give a Veteran hope. Click BE THERE for some ideas to help you get started with a call, text, or email. BE THERE

Caring for Children of Military Families Free Training

Join Cohen Veterans Network and The Training Institute at Home Base for Caring for Children of Military Families. This training is free, self-paced, and online. Please share with any and all of your clinical staff, networks, colleagues, friends or anyone who cares for military children. We want this training to reach anyone serving military children during this challenging time. We are […]

VA Improves Process Speed for Mail In Claims

VA Improves Process Speed for Mail In Claims VA has decreased the processing time for mailed Veteran claims from 10 days to just one day. Thanks to artificial intelligence software, VBA can process the more than 550,000 pieces of mail per month received in support of benefits and services. READ MORE

How to Appeal Your VA Compensation Claim

How to Appeal Your VA Compensation Claim Veterans have three paths for easier and faster appeal of VA’s decision on their compensation claim. Find out which is right for you: Supplemental Claim, Higher-Level Review, or an Appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. LEARN MORE

Free Transition Training for Women Veterans

Free Transition Training for Women Veterans Transitioning from Service? Interested in VA’s health care, including mental and physical care, specific to your needs as a woman? Sign up for this live, interactive, virtual training–offered twice a day through mid-December–to learn more about VA’s benefits and services for Women Veterans transitioning to civilian life. LEARN MORE […]

VA Home Loans, No Money Down and Cost Savings for Veterans and their Families

VA Home Loans, No Money Down and Cost Savings for Veterans and their Families The VA home loan is available for eligible Veterans, service members, and certain surviving spouses. No money down and no private mortgage insurance! The VA home loan guaranty can help save you thousands of dollars on the purchase or refinancing of […]

New COVID Screening Tool Helps Reduce Risk

New COVID Screening Tool Helps Reduce Risk Veterans now have a new tool to help make checking in for their medical appointments faster and safer. With VA’s new digital pre-entry screener tool, Veterans answer a few questions on their mobile phones before they enter the facility, which helps reduce their wait times and exposure risk. […]

Caregivers Expansion FAQ

https://www.caregiver.va.gov/ Caregivers PCAFC Expansion FAQ 7-31-2020 Caregivers PCAFC Legacy FAQ 7-31-2020 Caregivers PCAFC Eligibility FAQ 7-31-2020 Caregivers PCAFC Stipend FAQ 7-31-2020 En Espanol Programa de asistencia integral para cuidadores familiares-heredados Preguntas_frecuentes_sobre_el_pago_de_estipendio_mensual Programade_Asistencia_Integralpara_Cuidadores_Familiares Norma Final del Programa de Asistencia Integral para Cuidadores Familiares-elegibilidad

VA Disaster Assistance for Veterans

VA Disaster Assistance for Veterans Live Veterans Disaster Response Line:  1-800-507-4571   https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance

“Postvention”: Support After Suicide Loss

“Postvention”: Support After Suicide Loss VA is committed to the prevention of suicide. It is also offers “postvention” with a community of shared healing and supportive services and resources for those affected by suicide loss. These resources support anyone who has been touched by suicide loss, regardless of their military, Veteran, or military family status. LEARN MORE

Support for Veterans Facing Homelessness

Support for Veterans Facing Homelessness Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness is a growing issue, and goes beyond housing with impacts to physical and mental health. VA has a new guidebook offering information on VA resources, programs, and services to help with housing and improving mental well-being. LEARN MORE

Protein Power: the Healthy Plate Method

Protein Power: the Healthy Plate Method This episode of the Fresh Focus podcast lays out the different types of protein, why they are important, and provides insight into how much we should be aiming to eat each day. LEARN MORE LISTEN

VA Virtual Career Fairs: What to Expect

VA Virtual Career Fairs: What to Expect VA’s virtual career fairs connect Veterans and their families with employers via text, web chat, video conferencing, or email. Find out what career events are coming up, how to register, and what to expect at a VA virtual career fair. LEARN MORE

Most Popular Veteran Monument in Your State

Most Popular Veteran Monument in Your State State representatives share the most popular Veteran monuments in their states. FIND YOUR STATE

August 27: Live Q&A on Going Back To School

Live Q&A on Going Back To School Join the Veterans Experience Live (VetXL) August 27 from 3:00–4:00pm (ET) for a live Q&A chat focusing on Back to School resources, GI Bill, learning options, and virtual tools. Ask VA, Student Veterans of America, Easter Seals, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Service to School and other partners questions now. ASK A […]

Do You Know Your VA Education Benefits?

Do You Know Your VA Education Benefits? Learn more about the education benefits you have earned, such as the GI Bill, in a three-part series to help guide Veterans, Service Members, and their families through the education pathways available and finding the right program for you. LEARN MORE

Editorial: Anonymity Could Help Mitigate Military Suicide

Editorial: Anonymity Could Help Mitigate Military Suicide Posted on August 19, 2020 Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families, recently wrote about suicide in the armed forces for Military Times. Military spouses are all too aware of the challenges that come with addressing mental health issues for service members. A spouse of an active-duty service member […]

Public Outcry Forces USPS to Halt Services Changes

Public Outcry Forces USPS to Halt Services Changes Posted on August 19, 2020 The United States Postal Service will halt its planned service changes which would have caused major delays in delivery, Military Times reports. Last week media outlets reported the service changes’ effect would have on delaying medications delivered to veterans. “There are some long-standing […]

ICYMI: CMSI Town Hall on VA Health Services

ICYMI: CMSI Town Hall on VA Health Services  Posted on August 14, 2020 The Department of Veterans Affairs had to “think outside the box” to support veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic and relied on data, technology and input from veterans, according to Dr. Lynda Davis, chief veterans experience officer at VA. “When facilities began to expand […]

Lawmakers Urge VA, USPS to Solve Veteran Medication Delivery Delays

Lawmakers Urge VA, USPS to Solve Veteran Medication Delivery Delays Posted on August 17, 2020 A result of new operational changes at the United States Postal Service is causing wait times to double, and sometimes triple, for veterans seeking prescription medicine. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chair Mark Takano, along with Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick and […]

Trump Signs Two Veteran Support Bills into Law

Trump Signs Two Veteran Support Bills into Law Posted on 8/11/2020 Two pieces of legislation signed by President Donald Trump over the weekend will provide help to veterans in the legal system and provide opportunities for disabled veterans to seek home renovation grants. The Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act directs the Department of Justice to develop […]

Borne the Battle Podcast: Marine Alex Calfee Connects Veterans to Employers online

Marine Alex Calfee Connects Veterans to Employers online This week’s episode of Borne the Battle features Marine Corps Veteran Alex Calfree, the co-founder of OpLign, a website that uses artificial intelligence instead of keyword searches to connect Veterans to employers. LEARN MORE LISTEN

Conquering Veteran Cancer, Together

Conquering Veteran Cancer, Together VA’s Dr. Richard Stone discusses Veteran cancer care, stories of Veteran cancer survivors, how TeleOncology visits work and partnerships to continuously improve care. WATCH

How VA helps Veteran Business Owners

How VA helps Veteran Business Owners VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is working diligently to ensure small, Veteran-owned businesses maintain the resources needed to keep their businesses afloat during these unprecedented times, with more than $8 billion awarded to date for fiscal 2020. LEARN MORE

Healthy Plate Method: All About Fats

Healthy Plate Method: All About Fats The fourth episode of VA’s Fresh Focus podcast series is focused on fats. Learn healthy tips on adding good fat from whole foods to your plate for energy and nutrition! LISTEN NOW 

Largest Employers of Veterans in Your State

Largest Employers of Veterans in Your State State representatives shared the largest employers of Veterans in their states. FIND YOUR STATE

Live Q&A with PREVENTS: August 18

Q&A with Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen to discuss how together, we will prevent suicide for Service members and Veterans.  ASK A QUESTION NOW

Rx Refills During the Pandemic

Rx Refills During the Pandemic Online with MyHealtheVet The NEW Rx Refill Mobile App Call your local VA Pharmacy number on the prescription label By mail: VA Refill Form LEARN MORE

VA Describes Top Employers of Vets in Each State

VA Describes Top Employers of Vets in Each State Posted on August 13, 2020 The Department of Veterans Affairs is highlighting top veterans employers in each state in a new blog post. VA talked with officials in each state for the informal survey. Here are some of the notable findings: The state government is among the […]

Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Expand Virtual Health for Veterans

Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Expand Virtual Health for Veterans Posted on 8/10/2020 The House Committee of Veterans’ Affairs announced two new bipartisan bills that will help prevent veteran suicide by expanding access to virtual mental healthcare and teaching critical coping strategies to veterans’ families. The Veterans’ Access to Online Treatment Act, introduced Rep. Jared Golden […]

President Trump Announces Extension of Title 32 Orders

President Trump Announces Extension of Title 32 Orders Posted on August 6, 2020 President Donald Trump announced on Aug 3. he would be extending National Guard deployments responding to the COVID-19 to the end of 2020. Earlier that same day, the National Governors Association sent a letter urging Trump to extend National Guard Title 32 […]

Veterans Experience Live (VetXL): Minority Veterans Together. August 13th 3 – 4pm ET.

Veterans Experience Live (VetXL): Minority Veterans Together. August 13th 3 – 4pm ET. Live Q&A Chat (no audio) with VA Veterans Experience Office, VA Center for Minority Veterans, Tribal Relations, and State Department of Veterans Affairs. https://www.rallypoint.com/command-post/vetxl-minority-veterans-together-ask-questions-now-on-services-and-benefits-for-minority-veterans-and-tribal-communities

VA, America’s Adopt A Soldier Partner to Help At-Risk Homeless Population

VA, America’s Adopt A Soldier Partner to Help At-Risk Homeless Population Posted on August 4, 2020 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new partnership with the non-profit, America’s Adopt a Solider, to better assist homeless veterans stay in touch with loved ones and health care providers. A major issue for homeless and […]

VA provides expanded services for women Veterans

  VA provides expanded services for women Veterans 08/04/2020 09:50 AM EDT When Navy Veteran Dawn Bates sought care at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System, she learned how health care services for women Veterans have developed extensively over the last few years. The post VA provides expanded services for women Veterans appeared first […]

Collections relief extended for VA medical care debts during COVID-19

Collections relief extended for VA medical care debts during COVID-19 Due to COVID-19, VA is suspending collection actions and extending the terms of current repayment agreements until Dec. 31, 2020. VA stopped sending monthly billing statements for medical care debt April 6. This change was in compliance with the president’s April 2 announcement. In addition, […]

VA, Elizabeth Dole Foundation to offer respite relief for Veteran caregivers

VA, Elizabeth Dole Foundation to offer respite relief for Veteran caregivers WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in partnership with the Elizabeth DoleFoundation (EDF) today announced the launch of a new foundation program granting family caregivers access to no-cost, short-term aid to help those caring for wounded, ill or injured Veterans or service […]

Town Hall Recap: Pandemic Continues Push for Virtual VA Health Care Services

Town Hall Recap: Pandemic Continues Push for Virtual VA Health Care Services Posted on August 3, 2020 The Department of Veterans Affairs had to “think outside the box” to support veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic and relied on data, technology and input from veterans, according to Dr. Lynda Davis, chief veterans experience officer at VA. […]

Alaska Native Veterans Program Land Claim Eligibility

Alaska Native Veterans Program Land Claim Eligibility The Alaska Native Veterans Program of 2019 allows Alaska Native Veterans who served in the Vietnam era, or an heir of theirs, to claim between 2.5 and 160 acres of land in Alaska. Join a panel of representatives from VA and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for details […]

Most Underused Veterans State Benefits

Most Underused Veterans State Benefits Are you using all the Veterans benefits  available in your state? State representatives share some of the most underused benefits available to Veterans. Find local benefits available to you, in alphabetical order by state. FIND YOUR STATE

Eight VA Facilities Recognized for Patient Experience Achievements

Eight VA Facilities Recognized for Patient Experience Achievements Facilities received the awards during a virtual VA Patient Experience Symposium. More than 450 VA leaders attended VA’s first Patient Experience Symposium in person in 2019 to share best customer experience practices. Many practices shared at last year’s symposium were put in place by VA employees since, contributing to […]

Town Hall Recap: Learning to Manage Life Transitions

Town Hall Recap: Learning to Manage Life Transitions Posted on July 24, 2020 The world is collectively going through an “involuntary life quake,” according to Bruce Feiler, author of the new book Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age. Here are some of the insights Feiler shared during a COVID-19 Military Support […]

July 30th 3 – 4pm ET – Veteran Reskilling in Today’s Economy

July 30th 3 – 4pm ET – Veteran Reskilling in Today’s Economy This virtual event, hosted by Samsung and The Manufacturing Institute, will provide a platform to bring awareness to the likely rise in veteran unemployment due to COVID-19 and highlight what companies can do in response. According to a recent study by the Bob […]

DoD Extends DoDEA Virtual Learning Deadline to July 30

DoD Extends DoDEA Virtual Learning Deadline to July 30 Posted on July 29, 2020 Service members and others deciding to send their child to a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school this fall will have the option of in-person or virtual instruction, the latter of which must be decided by this Thursday. Virtual learning […]

Veteran Caregiver Reform Virtual Town Hall for NC & NY Residents

Veteran Caregiver Reform Virtual Town Hall for NC & NY Residents Please join The Independence and TREA for a virtual town hall on Veteran Caregiver Reform, featuring Representatives Richard Hudson and Kathleen M. Rice. The event is hosted specifically for caregivers from New York and North Carolina. Thursday, July 30 at 3:30PM EST RSVP here: […]

Senate Approves NDAA with 86-14 Vote

Senate Approves NDAA with 86-14 Vote Posted on July 24, 2020 The Senate voted to pass its annual defense bill on Thursday which includes legislation to remove Confederate names from Army installations in the United States. Both the House’s NDAA, passed on July 21, and the Senate’s defense policy bill were voted with majorities large […]

July 29: Heroes Foundation & Department of Labor Vet-Ready Corporate Workshop

July 29: Heroes Foundation & Department of Labor Vet-Ready Corporate Workshop The Heroes Foundation Quarterly Event is rather timely based on the activism across the US. This topic is a sensitive issue and although it can be deemed controversial to some, we have never shied away from the elephant in the room. It is with conversations like […]

VetXL: Hire a Vet- Are you looking for your next job or to start a new business? Ask questions to Veteran hiring and entrepreneurship experts

VetXL: Hire a Vet- Are you looking for your next job or to start a new business? Ask questions to Veteran hiring and entrepreneurship experts The Department of Veterans Affairs and our hiring partners at Amazon, Chamber of Commerce, National Veteran Small Business Coalition, and The Manufacturing Institute will be here on July 28th at […]

July 28: VetTalkX Hiring Veterans Panel on FB

Join the VetTalkX Hiring Veterans Panel on FB on July 28 Veterans discuss what led them to pursue and gain a meaningful and personally rewarding post-military career with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Join the event live at 2PM EST at: https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/posts/10157779863008178

House Approves FY21 NDAA with 295-125 Vote

House Approves FY21 NDAA with 295-125 Vote Posted on July 22, 2020 The House’s annual defense authorization bill passed on Tuesday, adopting hundreds of amendments added Monday evening and rejecting several amendments from House progressives, CQ reports. HR 6395 authorizes $733.7 billion for fiscal 2021 through 2025. Before the bill’s passing, the Office of Management […]

July 21: VA Live Q&A Virtual Chat

We invite VSOs to help bring resources to Veteran families (Veterans’ families, spouses, kids, caregivers, survivors) during this live Q&A virtual chat (no audio) that is scheduled for July 21st at 3pm ET.   https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/vetxl-families-together-q-a-with-va-and-community-partners-to-provide-information-and-responses-from-experts-on-veteran-family-resources

Virtual Digital Media Internships for Students

Virtual Digital Media Internships for Students Did you know VA offers a virtual digital media internship? College students interested in work experience at VA on projects in social media, writing, graphic design, web design and more should apply now. #ApplyInJuly. APPLY NOW

Work at VA to Make a Positive Impact on Veterans

Work at VA to Make a Positive Impact on Veterans Employees agree that a top reason they joined the VA is to make a positive impact on the Veterans they serve. VA encourages a culture of innovation to improve Veterans’ and employees’ experiences. LEARN

July 21: VetXL: Q&A on Veteran Family Resources

VetXL: Q&A on Veteran Family Resources Join VA and community experts on July 21 at 3:00pm (ET) for a live Q&A session to learn about resources for Veterans and their families. Start posting your questions now on RallyPoint. JOIN

Comcast Offers 60 days of Free Internet for Low Income Families

Comcast Offers 60 days of Free Internet for Low Income Families  To help Veterans and others access important resources such as benefits, education, training and employment opportunities, Comcast is offering new eligible customers two months of free internet service and a discounted rate. Apply by December 31, 2020 for the Comcast Internet Essentials package. LEARN […]

Bill Expands Counseling Opportunities for Transitioning Service Members

Bill Expands Counseling Opportunities for Transitioning Service Members Posted on July 15, 2020 A recent bill introduced by California Rep. Mike Levin would provide better placement in counseling pathways offered under the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). “One of my top priorities is ensuring that servicemembers have all of the support they need to start a […]

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY21 NDAA

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY21 NDAA Posted on July 15, 2020 The House Appropriations Committee voted 30-22 to approve the nearly $695 billion defense spending package on Tuesday. The bill is a $1.3 billion increase in defense spending levels from fiscal 2020, CQ reports. Republican members of the committee voiced opposition to provisions in the […]

VA reinstates in-person services at 100 hospitals across the country

VA reinstates in-person services at 100 hospitals across the country WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, as of mid-June, more than 100 VA medical facilities and medical centers (VAMCs) have reinstated at least one in-person service within their direct health care delivery system after certain services were temporarily on hold […]

VA hits major milestone in the resolution of legacy appeals

VA hits major milestone in the resolution of legacy appeals WASHINGTON –The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has reached a significant milestone in the overall Legacy Appeals Resolution Plan with the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) completing actions on nearly all non-remand legacy appeals as of July 4. The non-remand inventory includes Notices of […]

White House, VA launch REACH — a call to action to engage the nation in preventing suicide

White House, VA launch REACH — a call to action to engage the nation in preventing suicide WASHINGTON – The White House and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched the REACH national public health campaign aimed at empowering all Americans to play a critical role in preventing suicide. The goal of REACH, which was […]

Help Heal Veterans donates craft kits to VA hospitals to help provide activities for Veterans who are alone

Help Heal Veterans donates craft kits to VA hospitals to help provide activities for Veterans who are alone WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today Help Heal Veterans has provided nearly 50,000 craft kits, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, to more than 90 VA facilities for Veterans […]

VA offers debt relief to Veterans through year’s end

VA offers debt relief to Veterans through year’s end WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced its commitment to extend debt relief to Veterans adversely impacted by COVID-19 to the end of 2020 by suspending certain debt collection actions. The department recognizes Veterans and beneficiaries are still being greatly impacted by […]

With coronavirus cases surging, VA’s ‘fourth mission’ now covers 46 states, Wilkie says

With coronavirus cases surging, VA’s ‘fourth mission’ now covers 46 states, Wilkie says As new coronavirus hotspots have emerged across the country, the Department of Veterans Affairs has so far deployed nearly 1,000 of its own medical professionals to 46 states as part of its “fourth mission.” The department is currently tracking some 5,254 active […]

Could phone calls be the key to preventing veteran suicide?

Could phone calls be the key to preventing veteran suicide? Can a phone call change the trajectory of a veteran’s post-service life? Could it potentially save a veteran from taking their own life in what sometimes can be a challenging transition process to return to the civilian way of life? These are questions that Margarita […]

Pentagon was Aware of Cancer-Causing Toxins at K2, VA Denies Care

Pentagon was Aware of Cancer-Causing Toxins at K2, VA Denies Care Posted on July 13, 2020 According to documents recently declassified by the Department of Defense, the Pentagon knew troops stationed at Karshi-Khanabad Air Base, known as K2, were exposed to cancer-causing toxins and hazards. This has lead to hundreds of cancer cases and a […]

Virtual seminar on the needs of rural Veterans and Caregivers in the midst of COVID-19

Calling all Veterans and Caregivers: Leaders from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Philips invite you to join a virtual seminar on July 14, at 2pm EST focused on the needs of rural veterans and caregivers in the midst of COVID-19. Even under the best of circumstances, veteran families in rural […]

Navy, Marines May Continue Pre-Training Quarantine into 2021

Navy, Marines May Continue Pre-Training Quarantine into 2021 Posted on July 8, 2020 New Navy and Marine Corps recruits are still required to quarantine for two weeks before starting their training, and training commands have said that system may continue well into next year, along with other coronavirus mitigation efforts, USNI News reported. Despite early pauses […]

Eglin Becomes First Air Force Site with Intrepid Facility for PTSD, TBI Treatment

Eglin Becomes First Air Force Site with Intrepid Facility for PTSD, TBI Treatment Posted on July 8, 2020 The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has opened its eighth on-base facility to treat service members with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. The new facility at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the first at an […]

Draft Defense Spending Bill Released by House Falls $3.7B Short of Administration Request

Draft Defense Spending Bill Released by House Falls $3.7B Short of Administration Request Posted on July 7, 2020 The House Appropriations Committee released a draft fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill Tuesday, with a cost of $694.6 billion. That is a $1.3 billion boost over the current fiscal year’s spending but is $3.7 billion less than […]

Today with VP Pence and SECVA Wilkie: VA PREVENTS Web

The VA Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative (CFOI) will be partnering with PREVENTS (Presidents Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide) and the VA National Chaplain Center on a Virtual Webinar for our faith and community partners from 2:00pm to 3:00pm (eastern) this Wednesday, July 8th.  The Vice President of […]

Now Live! The New VA Podcast Network

Get the Latest on VA News & Resources Join the newly launched VA Podcast Network for the latest news and information on topics that matter most to the Veteran community. Our official Department of Veterans Affairs podcasts cover an array of topics for Veterans, caregivers, VA employees, researchers—even friends and family. Our growing network now […]

House NDAA Bill Funds More Medical Equipment, Protects Reservists Hit by COVID-19

House NDAA Bill Funds More Medical Equipment, Protects Reservists Hit by COVID-19 Posted on July 3, 2020 The House Armed Services Committee unanimously advanced its version of the FY 21 defense authorization bill to the full House this week, with several provisions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The bill includes a $1 billion pandemic response […]

Walmart Hits Goal of Hiring 250k Veterans

Walmart Hits Goal of Hiring 250k Veterans Posted on July 3, 2020 Walmart has reached a goal it set in 2013 of hiring a quarter-million veterans by this year. The company has hired 265,000 veterans through its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, and more than 44,000 of those have been promoted, it said in a press […]

Breaking Down How the CARES Act Supports Homeless Veterans

Breaking Down How the CARES Act Supports Homeless Veterans John Kuhn, National Director of the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, explains how  VA is addressing the challenges of homeless and at-risk Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic with the emergency funding provided by the CARES Act. WATCH LISTEN

Free Student Resources for Veteran Families

Free Student Resources for Veteran Families School may be out for summer, but it’s a good time to get a head start on the next school year. The Military Child Education Coalition has several online, interactive tools for students, parents, and educators. Join the online community of Veteran families who share your experiences, explore podcasts and […]

Walgreens offers discounts for Veterans and their families July 3-5

Walgreens offers discounts for Veterans and their families July 3-5. LEARN MORE Veterans get $15 off a first purchase of $50 or more during the first 30 days of membership on ShopVCS.com. LEARN MORE

Celebrate July 4th with the National Archives

Happy Birthday, America! Celebrate July 4th with the National Archives Join the National Archives for its first ever virtual July 4th celebration! There will be plenty of patriotic online programming, fun activities for the entire family, and a special presentation of the traditional reading ceremony. And show off your patriotic pride at #ArchivesJuly4! CELEBRATE TOGETHER

VA rolls out simplified travel reimbursement system for Veterans, beneficiaries 

VA rolls out simplified travel reimbursement system for Veterans, beneficiaries  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is rolling out a new system in July for Veterans and eligible beneficiaries to submit and track transportation reimbursement claims using VA’s secure web-based portal, Access VA. The Beneficiary Travel Self-Service System (BTSSS), which is accessible […]

VA launches COVID-19 screening tool

VA launches COVID-19 screening tool Pre-screening expedites Veteran access to facilities for care WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the launching of a digital COVID-19 screening tool to streamline Veteran access to medical care during the coronavirus pandemic. The tool, designed with Veteran and staff input, enables the screening of […]

National Academies affirms scientific necessity of VA canine research

National Academies affirms scientific necessity of VA canine research WASHINGTON – A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) study has affirmed the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) position that canine research is “scientifically necessary” for certain areas of research that benefit seriously disabled Veterans. An independent committee assembled by NASEM to examine the […]

VA reinstates in-person services at 100 hospitals across the country

VA reinstates in-person services at 100 hospitals across the country WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, as of mid-June, more than 100 VA medical facilities and medical centers (VAMCs) have reinstated at least one in-person service within their direct health care delivery system after certain services were temporarily on hold […]

I’m Losing Him Before He’s Gone”: Coping with Anticipatory Grief Live Webinar

“I’m Losing Him Before He’s Gone”: Coping with Anticipatory Grief Live webinar   July 28 | Noon–1:00 p.m. ET   When a loved one is facing a life-threatening illness or injury, grief is a natural reaction not only to the anticipation of death, but also to all the losses associated within the course of an illness […]

VA receives funding from the US Postal Service for PTSD research

VA receives funding from the US Postal Service for PTSD research WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, during national Post-traumatic Stress Awareness (PTSD) month, VA’s National Center for PTSD will fund more research about PTSD. This is thanks to the proceeds from the Healing PTSD semipostal stamp, which was issued […]

VA supports 988 expansion for National Suicide Prevention Crisis Line and Veterans Crisis Line access

VA supports 988 expansion for National Suicide Prevention Crisis Line and Veterans Crisis Line access WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today their support for the Suicide Prevention 988 expansion initiative, a new national three-digit emergency telephone number to access crisis call centers across the country for suicide prevention and mental […]

VA holds first virtual Women Veterans Forum

VA holds first virtual Women Veterans Forum WASHINGTON – Acting Deputy Secretary Pamela Powers on Tuesday led VA’s first virtual Women Veterans Forum, which helped women Veterans from across the country learn about the care and services they can receive at VA, and how VA is changing to better serve the growing population of women […]

VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment service signals transformation through readiness

VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment service signals transformation through readiness WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)service announced today it’s changing its name to Veteran Readiness and Employment Service to better reflect the needs of Veterans. The new name, which includes readiness, is more in line with what […]

July 1: Virtual Caregiver Support in times of COVID-19

Virtual Caregiver Support in times of COVID-19 Date & Time: July 1st at 4:00pm Announcing new episodes of our web-based series to empower and engage military and Veteran caregivers nationwide! In partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, VA Caregiver Support Program and the Wounded Warrior Project, Caregiver Community Connection (C3)  highlights community resources available to caregivers while also providing interactive content and exclusive […]

Pentagon Travel Ban Remains in Effect for California, Florida and Michigan

Pentagon Travel Ban Remains in Effect for California, Florida and Michigan Posted on July 1, 2020 The Department of Defense issued a memo outlining the easing of travel restrictions for permanent change-of-station moves which have been in effect during the coronavirus pandemic. The exceptions are California, Florida and Michigan; states that seen a surge in […]

With Slow Return to ‘Normal,’ Questions Remain for Military Families

With Slow Return to ‘Normal,’ Questions Remain for Military Families Posted on June 18, 2020 Military families still face great uncertainty even as some parts of the nation and military start to continue to pre-pandemic operations, according to panelists at the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative’s Thursday virtual town hall, “Strategies for Career & Family Post COVID-19.” […]

Critical Update: COVID-19 Challenges Test Veterans Affairs’ Customer Experience Office

Critical Update: COVID-19 Challenges Test Veterans Affairs’ Customer Experience Office Among the largest federal agencies, the Veterans Affairs Department’s mission is also among the most complex, providing health care to tens of millions of veterans wherever and whenever they require it. As the coronavirus interrupted the daily lives of millions of Americans and shuttered the […]

America must address coronavirus nursing home situation: Robert Wilkie

America must address coronavirus nursing home situation: Robert Wilkie Jun. 16, 2020 – 6:07 – Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie discusses the substantial number of coronavirus deaths linked to nursing homes and says the VA is helping 46 states and territories with their COVID-19 responses. https://video.foxbusiness.com/v/6164675761001/?playlist_id=937116503001#sp=show-clips

VA study finds Transition Assistance Program worthwhile

VA study finds Transition Assistance Program worthwhile WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released today, results of the first long-term study aimed at determining the effectiveness of the VA Transition Assistance Program (TAP) — and its impact on Veterans in their civilian life. The 2019 Post-Separation Transition Assistance Program Assessment (PSTAP) Outcome […]

VA Video Connect visits increase 1000% during COVID-19 pandemic

VA Video Connect visits increase 1000% during COVID-19 pandemic Video appointments provide Veterans safe, convenient access to care WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today telehealth video appointments using VA Video Connect increased from approximately 10,000 to 120,000 appointments a week between February and May of 2020. This increase of 1000% […]

VA and GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer partner to improve outcomes for Veterans at risk of lung cancer

VA and GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer partner to improve outcomes for Veterans at risk of lung cancer WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has partnered with nonprofit GO2Foundation for Lung Cancer to increase awareness about lung screening options and improve outcomes for Veterans impacted by lung cancer. This […]

VA reaches 1 million Veterans and family members through tele-town hall meetings

VA reaches 1 million Veterans and family members through tele-town hall meetings WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has reached more than one million Veterans and family members through telephone town hall meetings held with states across the country. The weekly meetings highlight VA benefits […]

Service Members Would Be Among First to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Service Members Would Be Among First to Get COVID-19 Vaccine Posted on June 18, 2020 Service members would be among the earliest Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine if one is determined to be effective and safe, administration officials told reporters this week. “Our role, as the federal government, is to ensure anyone who is vulnerable, […]

VetXL VETERANS EXPERIENCE LIVE WOMENtogether

VetXL VETERANS EXPERIENCE LIVE WOMENtogether JUNE 30 Live Q&A focused on Women Veterans on RallyPoint  The Department of Veterans Affairs will be answering questions LIVE on June 30th at 3PM EST. Ask your questions today! EVENT INFO: https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/veterans-experience-live-vetxl-women-together-live-q-a-with-women-veterans-what-are-your-questions You can ask questions to the following VA offices: VA.gov Appeals Benefits Center for Minority Veterans Center for Women […]

June 23, 2020 – Women Veterans Forum: connection information

June 23, 2020 – Women Veterans Forum: connection information   Link for attendees: https://veteransaffairs.webex.com/veteransaffairs/onstage/g.php?MTID=e249f7d540b14ba6d5de769838f37b431 Date and time: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) Duration: 3 hours Event number: 199 080 9748 Event password: VAWomen#23 Audio conference: To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, […]

White House Unveils Nationwide Veteran Suicide Prevention Plan

White House Unveils Nationwide Veteran Suicide Prevention Plan Posted on June 18, 2020 The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) was released on Wednesday, a “road map” to help connect Veterans and other at-risk individuals to receive federal and local resources and coordinate suicide research. Recent research has […]

Pentagon Reservation Enters ‘Phase One’ of Reopening on Monday

Pentagon Reservation Enters ‘Phase One’ of Reopening on Monday Posted on June 15, 2020 In accordance the White House guidelines for Opening Up America Again, staff at the Pentagon Reservation will enter Phase One of the DoD’s COVID-19 resilience plan on June 15. “Main differences that may be seen starting Monday, as outlined below, are […]

The Independence Fund Joins Formation of Toxic Exposures Coalition

Wounded Warrior Project Announced Formation of Toxic Exposures Coalition WASHINGTON, June 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — For thousands of service members who served in the post-9/11 generation, environmental and chemical hazard exposures have carried real and potential health risks. Service members and veterans seem to be suffering from uncommon illnesses or unusual early onset of more familiar […]

Bill Would Extend Free Tricare Coverage for Dependents Until Age 26

Bill Would Extend Free Tricare Coverage for Dependents Until Age 26 Posted on June 10, 2020 A bill to be introduced this week would allow young people keep free coverage through their parents’ Tricare accounts until they turn 26, Military Times reported. “The Affordable Care Act allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health […]

Senate Confirms First Black Service Member to Lead a U.S. Military Branch

Senate Confirms First Black Service Member to Lead a U.S. Military Branch Posted on June 10, 2020 In a unanimous 98-0 vote on Tuesday, Senate lawmakers confirmed Gen. Charles Q. Brown as the U.S. Air Force’s 22nd Chief of Staff. Gen. Brown, who was previously commander of the Pacific Air Forces, will replace Gen. Dave Goldfein as the service’s top general, reports Defense News. […]

Employment Resources

Want to work at USAA, Amazon, Walgreens, Walmart, or VA? Ask your questions now! Amazon, USAA, Walgreens, Walmart, American Corporate Partners, Blue Star Families, LinkedIn VA and more will be answering Veteran and military spouse employment questions live on June 16th at 3PM ET. Ask your questions now and connect directly with some of the […]

ASSESSING VA’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: 90 DAYS LATER

ASSESSING VA’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: 90 DAYS LATER FULL COMMITTEE DATE: 06.11.20 TIME: 02:00 PM PRESIDING: Chairman Mark Takano On Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 2:00 P.M. (EDT), the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will conduct a full committee oversight hearing to discuss “Assessing VA’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: 90 Days Later.” […]

CMSI Community Dispatch

CMSI Community Dispatch Posted on June 12, 2020 One of the top concerns of military families and veteran families during the coronavirus pandemic has been maintaining adequate access to food. Service members and community groups such as Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) have been helping fill the gap. Watch how they are doing it: Post […]

Military Aid Societies Continue to Serve Coronavirus-Impacted Families

Military Aid Societies Continue to Serve Coronavirus-Impacted Families Posted on June 12, 2020 Despite the country beginning to reopen and Pentagon travel restrictions being lifted, many military families continue to feel the financial burden caused by the pandemic. Military aid societies, namely the Army Emergency Relief (AER), the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) and the Air Force Aid […]

Women and the VA Event: June 23

SAVE THE DATE: VA’s Acting Deputy Secretary Pam Powers will host an event for women Veterans June 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. Secretary Robert Wilkie will kick off the event that will include presenters from all three VA administrations as well as the Center for Women Veterans the Veterans Experience Office. This […]

VA Expands Telehealth Services For Veterans Living With Cancer

VA Expands Telehealth Services For Veterans Living With Cancer The Department of Veterans Affairs is using a $4.5 million grant from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation to expand its teleoncology platform, giving veterans virtual access to genetic testing and precision cancer care. June 08, 2020 – The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its telehealth platform […]

Centralized Anticoagulation Hub Appears Promising for VA

Centralized Anticoagulation Hub Appears Promising for VA By Karen Blum Heather L. Ourth, PharmD A pilot program by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide pharmacist-directed, centralized anticoagulation services is helping streamline care for patients in some rural areas and free up time for clinicians in regional VA centers to manage other patients. The Centralized […]

Listen: James Gfrerer, CIO, Veterans Affairs

Listen: James Gfrerer, CIO, Veterans Affairs SEASON: 3 | EPISODE: 16 Activating VA’s Fourth Mission involved several technological advancements to support the nation and its veterans. Tue, 06/09/2020 – 12:36 ShareFacebookTwitterLinkedIn The Department of Veterans Affairs activated its “Fourth Mission” in response to the national emergency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The department mobilized […]

ABC 36 EXCLUSIVE: SECRETARY OF VETERAN AFFAIRS TALKS COVID19

ABC 36 EXCLUSIVE: SECRETARY OF VETERAN AFFAIRS TALKS COVID19 An ABC 36 Exclusive interview with the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs. Lexington, Ky (WTVQ)– Since the start of the pandemic more than 12,000 veterans have tested positive for Covid19. The VA system had to act quickly in order to protect veterans. U.S. Secretary of Veteran […]

Veterans finally see families — in a parade

Veterans finally see families — in a parade About 25 vehicles took part in a parade Friday morning at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. Veterans from the center’s Community Living Center were taken outside for the event, seeing family members who were driving the vehicles. Mike Hibbard photos/Finger Lakes Times Until Friday’s parade, family members […]

VA names new national cemetery in rural Wyoming

VA names new national cemetery in rural Wyoming WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today Cheyenne National Cemetery for the name of the new VA national cemetery in Cheyenne, WY. “VA recognizes the need for having a national cemetery in rural areas,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This cemetery in Wyoming, […]

VA, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation deliver cancer care to Veterans via teleoncology

VA, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation deliver cancer care to Veterans via teleoncology Multimillion-dollar grant to help reach Veterans in rural areas WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced it is teaming with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation (Foundation) to build new programs to enable VA oncology specialists to provide Veterans access […]

Veteran trust in VA reaches all-time high

Veteran trust in VA reaches all-time high WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced Veteran trust in VA reached 80% in April, reflecting a 19% increase since January 2017. Each quarter Veterans Signals (VSignals), VA’s customer experience feedback program, randomly surveys approximately 257,000 Veterans with recent interactions VA-wide with claims, appeals, […]

VA health IT innovations receive high marks for impact on Veterans lives

VA health IT innovations receive high marks for impact on Veterans lives WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was recognized, early June, for delivering results in the federal health information technology (IT) community as part of FedHealthIT’s 2020 Innovation Awards. VA’s 14 projects  identify innovative products or services that positively impacts the […]

Veterans find ‘dirt therapy’ in VA greenhouse program

Veterans find ‘dirt therapy’ in VA greenhouse program Navy veteran Aaron Robinson shows off the fig tree in the VA greenhouse on Tuesday, June 9. Robinson said the veterans choose which plants are grown in the greenhouse. Photos by Jaylan Miller / [email protected] Members of the Grant County American Legion present the VA with funds […]

Are you getting VA’s text messages? VA is texting health care updates and reminders

Are you getting VA’s text messages? VA is texting health care updates and reminders Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 4:00 pm Posted in #VetResources, VA Innovations, Vets Experience by Kiran Dhillon 20k views VA is sending text messages to its 7+ million Veterans enrolled in VA health care. The texts deliver VA’s latest information, […]

House Armed Services Committee Announces NDAA Markup Schedule

House Armed Services Committee Announces NDAA Markup Schedule  Posted on June 8, 2020 In a statement on Friday, House Armed Service Committee (HASC) Chairman Adam Smith and Ranking Member Mac Thornberry released the full committee and subcommittee markup schedule for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. On June 22 the Subcommittees on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities and Strategic Forces […]

VA national cemeteries resume committal and memorial services halted by the COVID-19 pandemic

VA national cemeteries resume committal and memorial services halted by the COVID-19 pandemic WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries will resume committal services starting June 9 in all but two VA national cemeteries. VA national cemeteries will contact families who were unable to hold a committal service due to the COVID-19 […]

Veterans Experience Live (VetXL): Hiring Together – live Q&A with VA and partners now hiring Veterans and Spouses. What are your questions?

Veterans Experience Live (VetXL): Hiring Together – live Q&A with VA and partners now hiring Veterans and Spouses. What are your questions? https://www.rallypoint.com/command-post/veterans-experience-live-vetxl-hiring-together-live-q-a-with-va-and-partners-now-hiring-veterans-and-spouses-what-are-your-questions The Department of Veterans Affairs and our hiring partners will be here on June 16th at 3PM EST to answer questions. What questions do you have for the largest employers hiring veterans […]

VA Expands Services in Phases

VA Expands Services in Phases VA medical facilities are expanding services to Veterans in phases, while continuing safety measures such as screenings, face coverings, and distancing. In VA’s Moving Forward Together plan, full services may not be immediately available, but Veterans’ clinical needs will be taken into account. Virtual care options are also available for your convenience. LEARN […]

Dashboard of all COVID-19 patients tested or treated at VA facilities

Dashboard of all COVID-19 patients tested or treated at VA facilities VA’s new National Surveillance Tool aggregates data from dozens of databases for a comprehensive, national view of all patients tested or treated at VA facilities for known or probable COVID-19. LEARN MORE

Vet Centers Ready to Support

Vet Centers Ready to Support “I want to remind you that the Vet Center community is here — for counseling, care and other services by phone and via video chat.” – Michael Fisher, VA Chief Readjustment Counseling Officer LEARN MORE

What questions do you have for some of the largest employers hiring Veterans?

What questions do you have for some of the largest employers hiring Veterans? VA and community partners like Amazon, USAA, Walgreens, Walmart, American Corporate Partners, Blue Star Families and more will be answering questions live on June 16th at 3PM ET in this Veterans Experience Live event. Ask your questions beforehand to ensure they are seen. […]

VA Chaplains add new mission: tech support to keep Veterans connected

VA Chaplains add new mission: tech support to keep Veterans connected VA chaplains understand the value of personal connections. They’re trained to provide counsel and comfort to Veteran patients in challenging and distressing times, to seek out new ways to facilitate those connections. Now, they’re leveraging video calling or conferencing applications on phones, tablets, and laptops […]

Free LinkedIn For Veterans and Caregivers

Free LinkedIn For Veterans and Caregivers Free resources specific to the military, Veteran, and caregiver communities are right at your fingertips. VA has partnered with the Red Cross and Elizabeth Dole Foundation to provide Veterans and their caregivers a free year of LinkedIn’s premium subscription. Join the online network to connect to others for peer support, learn new […]

VA Benefits Virtual Talk Show

VA Benefits Virtual Talk Show Transitioning into civilian life can be a culture shock. Veterans Benefits Administration’s new video series, Transition Talk, provides helpful information and resources to help ease this change, such as coping with anxiety, GI Bill payments, filing compensation claims, accessing cash assistance programs, and more. Presented like a virtual talk show, […]

Live Broadcasts Offer Tips for VA Job Seekers

Live Broadcasts Offer Tips for VA Job Seekers VA is helping to make it easier to apply for VA jobs. Check out our live broadcasts on LinkedIn for tips on understanding the VA application process and using the VA Careers website, finding work after military service, and interviewing successfully. WATCH

Esper: National Guard is ‘Last Resort’ for Law Enforcement, Orders Troops to Remain in Washington D.C.

Esper: National Guard is ‘Last Resort’ for Law Enforcement, Orders Troops to Remain in Washington D.C. Posted on June 4, 2020 In response to President Donald Trump’s call to invoke the Insurrection Act, an 1807 law allowing the president to deploy active-duty troops for law enforcement, Defense Secretary Mark Esper came out in opposition to the commander in chief. “The option to use active-duty […]

Pentagon Names 7 Sites for Second Round of 5G Experimentation

Pentagon Names 7 Sites for Second Round of 5G Experimentation Posted on June 4, 2020 The Department of Defense has identified seven military installations for “Tranche 2” of 5G communications technology prototyping and experimentation. The sites listed are Naval Base Norfolk, Virginia; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; the National Training Center (NTC) at […]

Navy Seeks Feedback from EFMP Families

Navy Seeks Feedback from EFMP Families Posted on June 4, 2020 Earlier this year, members of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel discussed the current state of the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). Testimonial by participating members of the military community highlighted its many shortcomings. EFMP is a DOD enrollment program that helps coordinate PCS assignments to support military […]

Lawmakers Look to Help Unemployed Vets

Lawmakers Look to Help Unemployed Vets Posted on June 5, 2020 A new bipartisan, bicameral bill would create a rapid retraining program to help prepare unemployed veterans and reservists for high-demand jobs. The unemployment rate among veterans had risen to 11% in April, the House and Senate lawmakers note in a joint press release announcing […]

US Department of Veterans Affairs COVID-19 Pandemic Response Weekly Report

US Department of Veterans Affairs COVID-19 Pandemic Response Weekly Report The Department of Veterans Affairs recently published an update to their response to COVID-19. Visit this link for the detailed report. VETERAN CARE VA has tested 172,046 Veterans for COVID-19 3,621 patients have been admitted to VA facilities for COVID-19 cure 8,659 patients with COVID-19 […]

Caregiver Support Line: Managing Vacation Stress

Caregiver Support Line: Managing Vacation Stress     While summer vacation can be an escape or break from the day-to-day routine, it can also be particularly stressful for #caregivers. Don’t let the stress of planning get in the way of fun. Call the Caregiver Support Line—1-855-260-3274—for referrals to health services and tips on how to […]

House Shoots for NDAA Passage by August

House Shoots for NDAA Passage by August Posted on May 29, 2020 The Senate Armed Services Committee planning to mark up the National Defense Authorization Act the week of June 8. Now, the House Armed Services Committee has a tentative plan to complete its version of the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill by August, […]

DOD Delays Child Care Overhaul but Bumps Coast Guard Families up on Priority List

DOD Delays Child Care Overhaul but Bumps Coast Guard Families up on Priority List Posted on May 28, 2020 Child care policy changes that were set to go into effect next week will be delayed until Sept. 1, DOD announced, according to Military Times. The delay is in response to the coronavirus, which has impacted […]

Senate NDAA Markup to Begin June 8

Senate NDAA Markup to Begin June 8 Posted on May 27, 2020 The Senate Armed Services Committee announced that markup for the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will begin on June 8 and end by/before June 11, CQ reports. “The pandemic just makes it all the more important that we care for our service members and their families, maintain peak readiness and […]

Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE)

Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE) Paralyzed Veterans of America’s employment program, Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE), has helped more than 4,100 Veterans, military spouses and caregivers find meaningful work. PAVE provides free employment support and vocational counseling assistance to ALL Veterans, transitioning service members, spouses and caregivers. In February, PAVE started a new virtual […]

Western PA Virtual Job Fair

Western PA Virtual Job Fair The Erie Times-News is hosting a virtual career fair for anyone currently seeking or just curious about new employment opportunities. You will get the chance to explore top companies, browse jobs they are hiring for, chat with recruiters, and learn more about working in different industries. This event is free […]

Virtual Military-Friendly Job Fair

Virtual Military-Friendly Job Fair Meet dozens of employers  online at the Corporate Gray VIRTUAL Military-Friendly Job Fair. Registered companies and government agencies include Lockheed Martin, Leidos, BAE Systems, Central Intelligence Agency, HII Newport News Shipbuilding, HII Technical Solutions, U.S. Postal Service, and many others. Especially for transitioning and former military and family members seeking employment. […]

Links for Job Seekers to Bookmark!

Links for Job Seekers to Bookmark! Please be sure to regularly review the following sites, as new jobs are posted daily: USA Jobs FEDSHireVets MetroPittsburghJobs PACareer Link PA Serves Vibrant Pittsburgh GI Jobs Feds Hire Vets Military.Com Veteran Jobs Vet Jobs militaryhire.com Hire Purpose

Online Tools for Veteran Job Seekers

Online Tools for Veteran Job Seekers Jobs for Disabled Veterans offers free courses and certification, resume advice, scholarships, as well as job openings throughout the country, with featured employers including: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Pacific Gas & Electric Company AT&T Veterans may also search Jobs from Veteran Friendly Employers at: Veterans.dejobs.org/

VA Welcome Kit

VA Welcome Kit Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years now, the VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned. Based on where you are in life, your VA benefits and services can support you in different ways. Keep your welcome […]

Veteran Service Officers Abroad

Veteran Service Officers Abroad In recent issues of the OCONUS Connection, we provided information pertaining to Veteran Service Officers (VSO) representatives located in various countries.  Following those publications, we received notification of additional VSO contacts abroad and prepared an updated list below: Country Name OMSC E-mail Phone Germany (VFW) Mark Kistner (DSO) Attn: Dpt of Eur Service Officer        CMR 28810 […]

FAQ: How do I get medical care now that a disability has been found related to my service?

FAQ: How do I get medical care now that a disability has been found related to my service? After you receive an award of service connection, you should enroll in Foreign Medical Program so that medical treatment for your service-connected disabilities can be reimbursed.  For more information, watch this video To find a healthcare provider, […]

S.A.V.E. Online Suicide Prevention Training

S.A.V.E. Online Suicide Prevention Training VA recently launched the S.A.V.E. online suicide prevention training video in collaboration with PsychArmor Institute, a national nonprofit providing online education and support to those who work with, live with, or care for Service members, Veterans, and military and Veteran families. S.A.V.E. — which stands for “Signs,” “Ask,” “Validate,” and […]

Veteran Suicide Prevention

Veteran Suicide Prevention If you’re a Veteran in a mental health crisis and you’re thinking about hurting yourself—or you know a Veteran who’s considering this—act now. You’re not alone, and you can get help. Where can I turn for ongoing support? You can also find information and support on our websites: Get information about suicide […]

“Transition Talk” video series: Military to Civilian support during COVID-19

“Transition Talk” video series: Military to Civilian support during COVID-19 The Veterans Benefits Administration knows that the transition from military to civilian life can be stressful and complex. To combat the transition challenge that “You don’t know that you don’t know,” especially now during a global pandemic, VBA has launched a new video series, Transition Talk, […]

Status of Operations: BDD Offices

Status of Operations: BDD Offices Our offices are temporarily closed for in-person assistance.  We’re still open for business to help you by email. Contact information is provided below for your location. Benefits and services, like payments, will continue to be delivered. Exams may be delayed significantly as a result of current COVID-19 related restrictions. The […]

IMPACT OF COVID 19

IMPACT OF COVID 19 The worldwide COVID 19 pandemic continues to impact disability claims processing.  VA is performing many compensation examinations by phone or videoconference.  We are also doing some by records review.  If your claim requires an in-person examination, we will schedule one at a later date when we can ensure your safety.   We […]

Secretary Wilkie Memorial Day 2020 message

Secretary Wilkie Memorial Day 2020 message WASHINGTON – Today, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following video message in honor of Memorial Day 2020. Our country has been blessed with men and women whose sacrifices allowed us to flourish as individuals, as a society and as a nation. On Memorial Day, we pause […]

New VA coronavirus chatbot available

New VA coronavirus chatbot available The just released VA coronavirus chatbot is available 24/7 to quickly triage COVID-19 symptoms and answer your questions on testing options, stimulus payments and telehealth, and  even how to reschedule VA appointments. “At VA, our number one priority is delivering excellent customer service to our Veterans,” said Charles Worthington, VA’s chief technology […]

VA employee empowers her women Veteran peers

VA employee empowers her women Veteran peers VA’s Center for Women Veterans is advancing a cultural transformation throughout VA and aims to serve as a portal – monitoring and coordinating VA’s benefit services, outreach and programs – for women Veterans. One advocate is Ashley Gorbulja-Maldonado, a VBA employee and Army National Guard Veteran, who empowers other women […]

Student Veteran Virtual Graduation

Student Veteran Virtual Graduation Student Veterans of America (SVA) will be streaming a graduation ceremony for the hundred thousand Veterans graduating this year, as well as their families and friends on June 12, 2020 at 6 p.m. ET. Sign up to RSVP. Student Veterans – sign up to be recognized! Share your stories. SIGN UP

Support a Veteran This Mental Health Month

Support a Veteran This Mental Health Month Let the Veterans in your life know you care about their well-being. Whether you’re looking for ways to start the conversation about getting support or seeking advice to keep a loved one encouraged during their mental health journey, learn how you can help. GET STARTED

Questions on VA Burial Benefits?

Questions on VA Burial Benefits? The VA Burial and Memorial Products Quick Start Guide (QSG) provides clear and concise information on VA burial benefits for Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors. Download the guide here: https://www.va.gov/burials-and-memorials-guide.pdf

Create an online memorial for a loved one on the Veterans Legacy Memorial Website

Create an online memorial for a loved one on the Veterans Legacy Memorial Website No Veteran Ever Dies 30 Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 8:00 pm Posted in #VetResources, Memorial Affairs, Veterans Legacy Program by VAntage Point Contributor 30 comments 15k views In time for Memorial Day 2020, VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) has […]

Memorial Day 2020 National Cemeteries Virtual Ceremonies

Memorial Day 2020 National Cemeteries Virtual Ceremonies Each VA national cemetery will conduct a brief wreath laying ceremony, accompanied by a moment of silence and the playing of Taps. In keeping with CDC guidelines to limit large gatherings, the ceremonies will not be open to the public. VA invites you to participate in these ceremonies virtually. Live stream links […]

VA lead facilities reintroduce health care services while ensuring safe environment

VA lead facilities reintroduce health care services while ensuring safe environment WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie announced the department will begin to reintroduce health care services in select VA facilities May 18, as states reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns. Each Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) has selected Lead Sites to […]

Congressmen Urge Lawmakers Prohibit Downsizing of Military Hospitals and Clinics

Congressmen Urge Lawmakers Prohibit Downsizing of Military Hospitals and Clinics Posted on May 21, 2020 In a recent letter by Representatives Bill Posey and Kathy Castor, the lawmakers advised including language in the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to stop planned cuts to military medical capacity. The letter was sent to House Armed […]

VA Safe Firearm Storage Toolkit

VA Safe Firearm Storage Toolkit VA has released the Safe Firearm Storage Toolkit, which was developed in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry. The toolkit guides communities through the process of building coalitions to raise awareness about safe […]

Survey of Defense Communities and States Reveal Concerns about DCIP Implementation

Survey of Defense Communities and States Reveal Concerns about DCIP Implementation Posted on May 21, 2020 An Association of Defense Communities (ADC) survey of nearly 100 communities and states has provided a glimpse into potential participation in the inaugural grant cycle for the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP). The tight schedule and specialized match criteria are […]

Guardsmen ‘Hard Stop’ May Deny Servicemembers Education and Retirement Benefits

Guardsmen ‘Hard Stop’ May Deny Servicemembers Education and Retirement Benefits Posted on May 20, 2020 Over 40,000 National Guard may see their deployment end on June 24, one day before servicemembers would be eligible for federal benefits, according to a report by Politico. In an interagency call on May 12, an official recognized that by […]

VA Caregiver Support: Building Better Caregivers

VA Caregiver Support: Building Better Caregivers In honor and support of caregivers and their loved ones, VA offers supports to caregivers from the comfort of their home through Building Better Caregivers. Building Better Caregivers (BBC) is a free 6-week online workshop developed by Stanford University to support caregivers of Veterans of all eras. Caregivers can […]

VA and Parkinson’s Foundation partner to help Veterans living with Parkinson’s disease

VA and Parkinson’s Foundation partner to help Veterans living with Parkinson’s disease WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Parkinson’s Foundation announced today they are teaming up to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of Veterans living with Parkinson’s disease. “This collaboration ensures Veterans diagnosed with Parkinson’s have access […]

VA kicks off online campaign emphasizing mental health support

VA kicks off online campaign emphasizing mental health support Goal is to build awareness of resources available to Veterans WASHINGTON — In recognition of Mental Health Month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the launch of the “Now Is the Time” campaign. The focus is on getting Veterans the support they need […]

VA national cemeteries to commemorate Memorial Day

VA national cemeteries to commemorate Memorial Day They will be open for public visitation WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) announced today it will commemorate Memorial Day this year with solemn wreath laying ceremonies. Another offering is a new online memorial feature allowing the public to pay tribute […]

Your Benefits Explained on Borne the Battle

Your Benefits Explained on Borne the Battle   Keeping Veterans informed of their benefits and resources is one of the core missions of Borne the Battle. Along with sharing personal stories of service and sacrifice, host Tanner Iskra and his guests give Veterans accurate and up-to-date information about all things VA. Recent episodes have included […]

Vets, Providers Adapting to Telehealth for Mental Health Care

Vets, Providers Adapting to Telehealth for Mental Health Care Posted on May 06, 2020 07:11 pm Veterans across the country who participate in mental health care have adapted to receiving service through telehealth, such as video and phone sessions. The Department of Veterans Affairs reported a 280% jump in mental health care phone consultations in […]

TED Can Help Your Transition

TED Can Help Your Transition Transitioning from military to civilian life can be overwhelming. That’s why VA’s Office of Transition and Economic Development (TED) is here to help you navigate benefit services and get the support you need. Find out how TED can support you! Post courtesy of the Veterans Benefits Administration

Learn the Latest From VBA

Learn the Latest From VBA Stay up to date on all things benefits by checking out the new webcast from the Under Secretary for Benefits, Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D. Learn how VBA has been working to improve benefit services for Veterans and their families. Post courtesy of the Veterans Benefits Administration

Join the Veteran Benefits Administration’s Live Tele-Townhalls

Join Our Live Tele-Townhalls Throughout May, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) will be hosting live tele-townhall events. Veterans and beneficiaries can call in to hear the latest information about VBA’s COVID-19 response, Solid Start, Blue Water Navy, and more. Mark your calendar because the upcoming tele-townhall dates are now available! LEARN MORE! Post courtesy of […]

Explore a Career With VBA

Explore a Career With VBA Are you or someone you know looking for a new career path? VBA offers many professional opportunities to both Veterans and civilians with competitive salaries, retirement plans, and paid leave. Apply online today. Post courtesy of the Veterans Benefits Administration

VA enhances National COVID-19 Reporting Summary tool

VA enhances National COVID-19 Reporting Summary tool WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it enhanced its National COVID-19 Report Summary website that provides a real-time look at the status of COVID-19 patients who have been tested or treated at VA facilities. “The accelerating pace of VA’s response to the […]

VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry reaches major milestone

VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry reaches major milestone WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) today announced the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry now exceeds 200,000 registrants. The registry, which began in June 2014, allows Veterans and service members to self-report their exposures and health concerns in an […]

Senators Call for Full Telehealth TRICARE Coverage for Service Members, Families

Senators Call for Full Telehealth TRICARE Coverage for Service Members, Families Posted on May 05, 2020 07:02 pm As social distancing has increased the necessity for virtual health visits, many military families are finding certain telehealth visits are not reimbursed by TRICARE. U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) recently sent a letter […]

VA health app now available to Veterans across all mobile and web platforms

VA health app now available to Veterans across all mobile and web platforms WASHINGTON — Through public-private partnerships with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), since early April, all Veterans have been able to securely connect to their health care data online. Online Veteran health care records first only available on iOS operating systems, […]

VA expands access to virtual hearings: Virtual hearings provide Veterans a new option to have their appeal heard

VA expands access to virtual hearings Virtual hearings provide Veterans a new option to have their appeal heard WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) today announced it is expanding access to virtual hearings to all Veterans awaiting their Board hearing after successfully testing the capabilities during the […]

Caregivers Proposed Rule

Caregivers Proposed Rule VA is seeking public comments for the proposed rule – Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Improvements and Amendments under the VA MISSION Act of 2018. This rule can be found on the Federal Register. The below Frequently Asked Questions were developed to provide additional information and answer some of your […]

VA’s Caregiver Support Line

VA’s Caregiver Support Line VA’s Caregiver Support Line assistance is just a quick phone call away. Whether you’re in need of immediate assistance or have questions about what services you may be eligible for, the caring licensed social workers who answer the support line can: Provide you with information about assistance available from VA. Help you access services. […]

Virtual and Mobile Help Desk Support

Virtual and Mobile Help Desk Support Help desk information is available on associated intranet and VA App Store pages and under “Help” within each app. VA Mobile Help Desk: For issues accessing VA Mobile apps or creating a video visit, contact the Help Desk. Veterans: 877-470-5947 Monday to Saturday | 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. […]

Prescription Refills

Prescription Refills Request prescription refills online – and order and ship medications to your home – using My HealtheVet or the Rx Refill mobile app. You can: •Request multiple refills. •Access your VA prescription histories and additional medical data through the My HealtheVet site. •Stay updated on the approximate delivery times of your VA prescriptions […]

VA’s Loaned Tablet Program

VA’s Loaned Tablet Program The VA can loan tablets to home-quarantined Veterans needing monitoring with peripherals (e.g. pulse oximeter, thermometer) and a tablet. Tablets are available for inpatient wards to COVID-isolated or “PUI” Veterans to reduce foot traffic, for Tele-ICU and for CLC, SVH. Learn more: https://youtu.be/hIU8xgreOCM

VA Video Connect

VA Video Connect VA Video Connect is compatible with any smartphone, tablet, or computer.* Learn more at mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect. You can automatically launch your video appointment in a web browser through a link sent to your email. *Apple/iOS users need to download the free VA Video Connect app from the Apple App Store. Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Tracfone […]

VA Mobile App

VA Mobile App •While VA technologies are developed with Veterans in mind, many tools are available to the general public as well. •Non-Veteran patients may access a number of free apps from the VA App Store. •You can find tools to manage stress, receive parenting advice, quit smoking, and more. •Apps without the “lock” icon […]

Remote Patient Monitoring – Home Telehealth (HT)

Remote Patient Monitoring – Home Telehealth (HT) Home Telehealth is the program that oversees in-home and mobile monitoring technologies. Care Coordinators work with Veterans and their families to ensure continued support. •For Veterans recommended for home isolation or quarantine, your provider may use remote monitoring devices to assess your condition while you’re at home. •Remote Patient Monitoring – Home Telehealth […]

Annie App

Annie App Annie is an automated text message reminder service that promotes self-care for Veterans and allows clinicians to create care protocols for patients to submit their health readings. Annie’s Coronavirus Precautions protocol can advise you about COVID-19. Annie can: •Send you automated text messages with information about COVID-19. •Help you monitor for symptoms. •Assist you if […]

Rx Refill

Rx Refill Through Rx Refill, Veterans can request refills of their refillable VA-issued prescriptions, track VA prescription deliveries and view VA prescription history from the convenience of their mobile device. Learn more: https://mobile.va.gov/app/rx-refill

My HealtheVet

My HealtheVet My HealtheVet is VA’s private and secure online patient portal, which allows Veterans to send non-urgent Secure Messages to VA providers, including to ask non-urgent health questions, schedule and manage VA appointments, and refill prescriptions. You can also request video and phone appointments. or register at myhealth.va.gov During COVID-19, virtual visits are the safest way […]

Video or Telephone Appointments

Video or Telephone Appointments VA Video Connect enables Veterans and providers to conduct secure, real-time video visits in a virtual medical room using the camera on a phone, computer, or tablet.  Learn more: •https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect

Telehealth Explained

Ever wonder where you could get telehealth services? The VA’s Office of Connected Care provides Veterans access to health care through virtual technologies. The doctor can see you now – from wherever is easiest for you! Attend video appointments with your VA health care provider from the convenience and comfort of home.  Learn more: https://www.telehealth.va.gov/

VA Caregiver Support Program Information for Caregivers During COVID-19

The VA has provided a support program information sheet for Caregivers during COVID-19. You may download the sheet here: CSP Caregiving During COVID-19 Tip Sheet – Update- 04.23.20

The MISSION Act is Here

The MISSION Act is Here The Independence Fund Supports VA’s Final Regs Expanding Healthcare Choices WASHINGTON, DC (June 6, 2019) – The Independence Fund is in full support of the final rules for both Community Care/Access Standards and Urgent Care regulations, published by The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) yesterday. Both regulations were required […]