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2009-07-09 15:54:00

WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) upgrade of programs and services for women Veterans, the Department's Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises VA on issues and programs affecting women Veterans, recently traveled to the VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas. "Enhancing care for women Veterans is one of Secretary Shinseki's top priorities," said Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, director of VA's Center...

2009-07-08 17:11:00

WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of a clean-energy transformation, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is targeting nearly one-quarter of its $1.4 billion in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to investments in clean energy generation and energy conservation. "These investments help spur new energy savings and, at the same time, reduce our environmental footprint," Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said. "The President is leading us...

2009-07-06 14:15:00

WASHINGTON, July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A wide range of disabilities cannot stop more than 500 of America's greatest wheelchair athletes, all U.S. military Veterans who will begin competition at the 29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games being held July 13-18 in Spokane, Wash. "President Obama recently said that caring for Veterans and their families is a matter of honor as a nation," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "The National Veterans Wheelchair Games...

2009-07-01 16:33:00

WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs officially opened its 130th national cemetery today with first burials at Bakersfield National Cemetery. "This beautiful new national cemetery will be a lasting tribute to the men and women of Central California who have served our nation," said Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Steve Muro. "We are proud to uphold VA's commitment to America's Veterans by providing a final resting place for these...

2009-06-25 11:47:00

Recipients of Some VA Benefits Will Receive $250 WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has requested the Department of the Treasury to make $250 payments to eligible Veterans as part of President Obama's recovery plan. The first payments were sent Monday, June 22. All payments will be distributed by June 30. As part of the recovery plan, VA is making one-time payments of $250 to eligible Veterans and survivors to offset the effects of the...

2009-06-22 15:43:00

WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has initiated a large, long-term study to look carefully at a broad array of health issues that may affect Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans and their counterparts who served during the same time period. VA's "National Health Study for a New Generation of U.S. Veterans" will begin with 30,000 Veterans deployed to OEF/OIF and 30,000 comparison Veterans who were not...

2009-06-19 14:35:00

WASHINGTON, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The telephone number for the suicide prevention "lifeline" of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is now being carried on more than 21,000 city buses in 124 communities across the United States and will run until Sept. 1, 2009. The advertisements carry a message of hope for those who have served their country and are undergoing an emotional crisis. "We continue to look for new, innovative ways to reach our Veterans," Assistant Secretary...

2009-06-19 08:58:00

WASHINGTON, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which now has nearly 8 million Veterans enrolled in its award-winning health care system, is poised to welcome nearly 266,000 more Veterans into its medical centers and clinics across the country by expanding access to health care enrollment for certain Veterans who had been excluded due to their income. "This incremental approach to expanding enrollment ensures that access to VA health care for a greater...

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2009-06-15 06:35:00

Mistakes at three VA hospitals potentially exposed 10,000 veterans to health worries, and now officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs have to face a congressional panel on Tuesday. "Somebody is going to have to take responsibility," said U.S. Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs' oversight and investigation subcommittee. The subcommittee hearing in Washington D.C. will discuss the endoscopic equipment mistakes at VA hospitals...

2009-06-12 15:27:00

NEW ORLEANS, June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today formally dedicated its new 65,000-square-foot office for assisting Louisiana Veterans with VA financial benefits. The new office uses refurbished space in downtown New Orleans. "We're proud to be part of the New Orleans community, and this new office will support Veterans throughout the state, ensuring they receive the benefits they earned from military service," VA's Under Secretary for Benefits...