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Veterans Affairs News

U.S. to spend $100M on PTSD, brain injury research

Officials say one in six service members and vets suffer from PTSD. The research will focus on spotting symptoms, prevention and treatment.

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 10:07am EDT

DoD, VA's health IT efforts grow out of leadership, necessity

The agencies soon will issue solicitations that will take them one step closer to deploying integrated electronic health records for service members, veterans and their families. The departments have been working on the project for years but have only recently begun to demonstrate tangible progress.

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:35am EDT
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As new vets go online, VA and others follow

Tech-savvy vets finding support online.

Saturday - 09/15/2012, 05:28pm EDT

House votes to protect honor of military medals

Those who lie about military service or make false claims about receiving military medals with the intent of benefiting from those claims would be committing a crime under legislation passed by the House Wednesday.

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 05:45pm EDT

VA's Blue Button now at 1 million users, aims at 100 million soon

Veterans Affairs PHR effort has already gone far beyond VA. After reaching 1 million users, originators of the project have set their sights on 100 million.

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 05:42am EDT
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The GSA, sequestration, and more

Federal News Radio's Jason Miller will talk about a recent confrontation between a GSA official and an agent in the Inspector General's office. Steve Losey and Andy Medici from the Federal Times will discuss the pay debate and other issues affecing federal workers.
September 5, 2012

Wednesday - 09/05/2012, 06:55pm EDT
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Managing mobile devices from a government perspective

Horace Blackman, CIO and director of IT support services at the Veterans Affairs Department Central Office talks about how mobile devices are handled at his agency.
September 4, 2012

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 08:53pm EDT
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Order calls for interagency cooperation on veterans' mental health

Executive order calls for vets in emotional distress to be seen by a professional within 24 hours. It also enlists HHS, Education, DoD and VA in interagency partnerships to find treatments for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 05:33am EDT
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Integrated health record tests DoD's agile acquisition aspirations

DoD and VA have both committed to moving from their legacy electronic health record systems to a joint, integrated system by 2017. But there are challenges: an aggressive timeline and an acquisition culture that's not been suited to agility in the past.

Friday - 08/31/2012, 05:11am EDT
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Air Force bolsters civilian transition program for veterans

It's the first major overhaul of the program in 20 years. Among the changes, the Air Force is offering three "paths" for airmen an educational to go back to school, a small business path to become an entrepreneur and a vocational technical path.

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 03:43pm EDT
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GOP platform criticizes administration's defense, cyber strategies

The Republican Party platform criticized President Barack Obama for not doing enough to avert automatic budget cuts set to hit the Defense Department in January. The plan, which was unveiled Tuesday, also called for greater public-private collaboration on cybersecurity and recommended an overhaul of the Veterans Affairs Department.

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 05:58pm EDT

VA seeks outsider to review conference planning policies

The Veterans Affairs Department wants a contractor to review the agency's conference planning and conference acquisition policies, according to a request for information. The solicitation comes weeks after revelations that VA had spent $5 million two conferences last year.

Tuesday - 08/28/2012, 12:04pm EDT

The VA, Affordable Care Act fees, and political conventions

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will discuss growth potential at the Veterans Administration, the Affordable Care Act's impact on drug companies, and a preview of the 2012 Democratic and Republican conventions.
August 23, 2012

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 07:00pm EDT
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VA paid $52K for 'Patton' conference training video

A 15-minute training video that cost $52,000 to make joins the examples of excessive spending at two Veterans Affairs' conferences last year with a total pricetag of $5 million.

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 09:45am EDT

First lady announces new hiring push for vets

First lady Michelle Obama revealed Wednesday that 2,000 businesses around the country have hired or trained more than 125,000 military veterans and spouses in the past year, surpassing a White House goal of 100,000 by the end of next year.

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 08:22pm EDT

Vets, who needs them?

Uncle Sam employs a larger percentage of veterans than any big company in the nation...we know it's policy and it's the right thing to do. But is it a good idea? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey reports that a been-there-done-that type says "Roger that..."

Tuesday - 08/21/2012, 02:00am EDT

Congressman pledges to hold hearings on VA conference spending

Spa treatments, concert tickets and helicopter and stretch limo rides — the initial details in a Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General investigation could overshadow the GSA conference spending scandal.

Monday - 08/20/2012, 11:48am EDT
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Bill would expand fertility coverage for veterans

A bill being considered in the Senate would expand the VA's medical benefits package to cover veterans, and their spouses or surrogates.

Monday - 08/20/2012, 06:00am EDT

Help for veterans

Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, talks about the challenges facing veterans when they return home.
August 17, 2012(Encore presentation September 7 & 14, 2012)

Friday - 08/17/2012, 10:38pm EDT
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Air Force revamps program to aid airmen returning to civilian life

The Air Force will also provide financial planning support, and a briefing on veterans benefits.

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 08:58am EDT
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