United States Department of Veterans Affairs


Report Reveals Further Reduction in Veterans Homelessness

VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a national report showing homelessness among Veterans was reduced by approximately 7 percent last year, and 17 percent since 2009. 
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WWII Vets Vets Gather to Celebrate a Lasting Legacy

On December 7, World War II Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC for a special event and screening of the film Honor Flight. Read more at VAntage Point.


Secretaries Shinseki and Panetta Discuss Collaboration Efforts

On December 6, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta held a joint press event to discuss ongoing points of collaboration between the two agencies.
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VA Trademarks 'GI Bill'

VA has trademarked the term 'GI Bill' to help Veterans identify the best sources of VA education information.
Learn more at VAntage Point.


Veterans Crisis Line: Confidential Help for Vets

The Veterans Crisis Line offers free, confidential support to Veterans in crisis, as well as their family and friends. Dial 1-800-273-8255 (press 1), chat online or text professional responders at 838255.

In The News

42 VA Employees Earn Health Care Analytics Certificates

Department of Veterans Affairs employees were recently certified in health care analytics for the first time through a VA program aimed at creating a culture to identify patterns in data and translate it into improvements for Veteran health care.
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Million Veteran Program Enrolls 100,000th Volunteer

The Department of Veterans Affairs Million Veteran Program (MVP) recently enrolled its 100,000th volunteer research participant, and now stands at more than 110,000 enrollees, marking a major milestone in the nearly 90-year history of VA research.
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New Members Appointed to VA Committee on Women Veterans

Five new members have been appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises VA on issues and programs affecting women Veterans.
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VA Purchases Land for Two New National Cemeteries in Florida

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that it has purchased land for two new national cemeteries in Florida.
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VA IHS Agreement Brings Access to Care Closer to Home for American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans

VA is now able to reimburse IHS for direct care services provided to eligible, enrolled American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans. You can view the signed agreement here.

VA Info for Vets in Areas Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy might be over but recovery efforts are ongoing in affected areas. You can find out more about how Sandy has affected medical center operations here.

You can also check out VAntage Point to see how your benefits may be affected.

VA Gulf War Task Force Report Released

VA has released the second in a series of annual reports from its Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Task Force, outlining how the department will address the concerns of Veterans deployed during the Gulf War of 1990-1991. The report focuses on efforts to improve the delivery of health care for Gulf War Veterans, including the launch of a prototype clinical care model specifically for Gulf War Veterans.
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VA Publishes its 2012 Performance and Accountability Report

On November 15th, VA published its 2012 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). The PAR enables the President, Congress, Veterans Service Organizations, and the public to assess VA's performance on behalf of America's Veterans. The 2012 Highlights for the Citizen, which presents the most important information from the PAR in a condensed, user-friendly format, will be made available in the near future. View the report page for more information.