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VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”

VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”
Finale Showcases New Prosthetics Technologies For Veterans
 
WHO:            The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a Make-a-thon challenge, which is 2-day event aimed at accelerating the development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. The challenge brings together designers, makers, technology industry leaders and Veterans.

VA Funds New Studies Using Million Veteran Program Data

VA Funds New Studies Using Million Veteran Program Data

Database Links Genetic, Clinical, Lifestyle and Military Exposure Information
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing four new studies that will use genetic and other data from VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP) to answer key questions on heart disease, kidney disease, and substance use—high-priority conditions affecting Veterans.
MVP, which has enrolled more than 390,000 Veterans so far, has already become the nation’s largest database linking genetic, clinical, lifestyle and military exposure information.

VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care

VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today urged Congress to act expeditiously and approve its pending request for fiscal year 2015 budget flexibility. The request, formally transmitted on June 23, seeks the transfer of funds from the Choice Program to continue VA's efforts to increase Veterans' access to care and life-saving pharmaceuticals.
“It is essential that Congress pass legislation to provide the requested budget flexibility by the end of July 2015,” Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote.

New VA Leaders Shulkin and Council Take Oath of Office

                


 New VA Leaders Shulkin and Council Take Oath of Office
Shulkin to Head Veterans Health Care; Council to Head Information Technology
 
WASHINGTON – Dr. David J. Shulkin and LaVerne Horton Council today took the oath of office where they will serve respectively as Under Secretary for Health and Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Tax Fraudster Receives 27-Year Prison Sentence

Tax Fraudster Receives 27-Year Prison Sentence

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene Honeywell has sentenced James Lee Cobb, III (37, Tampa) to 27 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm as an armed career criminal. As part of his sentence, the Court also entered a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $1,820,759, and an order of restitution in the same amount.

VA Campaign Encourages Public to Help Raise PTSD Awareness

                
 VA Campaign Encourages Public to Help Raise PTSD Awareness
 
WASHINGTON – As the country recognizes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, the VA National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) is inviting the public to participate in its “PTSD Awareness: June 2015” campaign, which began June 1. This year’s goal is to help more Veterans, their families, caregivers and community members understand what PTSD is and know that there are specific treatments that can help improve and save lives.

VA Expands Disability Benefits for Air Force Personnel Exposed to Contaminated C-123 Aircraft

                
VA Expands Disability Benefits for Air Force PersonnelExposed to Contaminated C-123 Aircraft

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some benefits for a select group of Air Force Veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH).

McHugh Approves Arlington Burial Exception for Louisiana Guardsman

Release No: NR-231-15
June 12, 2015

            
McHugh Approves Arlington Burial Exception for Louisiana Guardsman

Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced today that he has approved an exception to policy that will allow a Louisiana guardsman killed in a March 10th helicopter crash off the coast of Florida to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich was one of 11 service members killed when their Black Hawk crashed in heavy weather near Pensacola, Florida.

VA Launches Community-Based Employment Service for Homeless Veterans

                
 VA Launches Community-Based Employment Service for Homeless Veterans
Securing Stable, Long-term Employment A Key Step To End Veteran Homelessness
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced a new employment program aimed at helping job-ready Veterans exiting homelessness, and those on the brink of homelessness, gain stable and long-term employment. 
The new program, Homeless Veteran Community Employment Services (HVCES), relies on Community Employment Coordinators (CECs) who know their communities and can work with local employers to identify suitable jobs based on a Veteran’s skills and abilities.

Study May Help Department of Veterans Affairs Find Patients With High-Risk of Suicide

 Study May Help Department of Veterans Affairs Find Patients With High-Risk of Suicide                
 
Clinicians are challenged every day to make difficult decisions regarding patients’ suicide risk. Using Veterans Health Administration (VHA) health system electronic medical record data, Veterans Affairs (VA) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) scientists were able to identify very small groups of individuals within the VHA’s patient population with very high, predicted suicide risk -- most of whom had not been identified for suicide risk by clinicians.
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