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Veterans Affairs News

5 vet aid groups to benefit from new fundraising

Three families are starting an effort to raise $30 million for troops and veterans through a new organization called Veteran Support Fund. It will be a portal for distributing money to five groups already working to help America's military community.

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 03:12am EDT

Didn't send your kid to war? Maybe you can send $$

If you have military-age children who have not served in this decade's wars, then you owe a debt _ meaning money _ to those who did.

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 03:11am EDT

VA stops downgrading its low-wage health care support staff

After protesters marched to the White House, VA's Human Resources Management Office issued a letter calling for a "temporary stand down on changes to lower grade actions."

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 05:45pm EDT

Thousands of veterans sign up for job education

Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs say there has been an enormous response to a new skills-based program that pays for up to a year of education toward an associate degree or a non- college-degree or certificate.

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 11:08am EDT

What's ahead for small business?

Tom Johnson, publisher of Set-Aside Alert talks about the challenges facing contractors.
July 2, 2012(Encore presentation August 20, 2012)

Monday - 07/02/2012, 11:37pm EDT
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DoD, VA joint e-health record ahead of schedule

The development of a shared records system between the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs is making progress thanks to several pilots. VA-DoD is taking the lessons learned from the tests and applying them to future pilots.

Monday - 07/02/2012, 03:32pm EDT
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VA wants to change vet-owned business re-verification from 1 to 2 years

The Veterans Affairs Department wants to change the frequency of reverifying veteran-owned businesses from once a year to once every two years, according to an interim final rule published in the Federal Register.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 11:56am EDT

Bill sets timeframe for VA to contact data breach victims

Veterans Affairs would have to contact victims of data breaches within 10 days under a bill approved by a House subcommittee.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 10:19am EDT

Investigation by states shuts down GIBill.com

Under a settlement announced Wednesday by 20 states' attorneys general, the Department of Veterans Affairs will take control of a website that consumer fraud investigators say has been used to mislead military members into making poor use of their GI Bill benefits.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 05:53am EDT
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VA looking to technology to reduce suicide risks

Among active-duty troops, there has been an uptick in suicides this year _ about one a day, compared with one every 36 hours in previous years, The Associated Press reported earlier this month.

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 07:00pm EDT

Federal job hunt made easier for outgoing military members

Service members expected to be discharged can apply for federal jobs without a certificate of release or discharge from active duty.

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 07:51pm EDT

Report encourages cooperation to increase veteran hiring

Employing veterans is good business for companies. A recent Center for a New American Security report examines why and offers recommendations on what agencies can do to help make the hiring process easier.

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 04:54pm EDT
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DoD, VA, Education toughen rules against predatory colleges

Agencies are working toward implementing an executive order designed to crack down on "fly- by-night" colleges that target military members' education benefits

Monday - 06/18/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Veteran-owned businesses question fairness of VA's contractor verification

The process to ensure veterans are receiving contracts from the VA is actually shutting out some veteran business owners. But the VA says it inherited a large responsibility quickly and has since made great strides in improving its verification program.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 09:54am EDT

VA launches virtual hiring event for veterans

VA will offer teleconferencing at Fort Drum, N.Y., Fort Knox, Ky., Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Riley, Kans.

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 10:14am EDT

Army veterans use filmmaking as therapy for PTSD

In 1943, an enraged Gen. George S. Patton slapped a battle-fatigued U.S. soldier at a military hospital and accused him of cowardice, an episode that nearly ended Patton's career. Nearly 70 years later, two filmmakers _ one of them Patton's grandson _ are trying to help soldiers cope with what is now called post-traumatic stress disorder by getting them to tell their war stories through a movie.

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 11:49am EDT

Mobile security

Jeff Ait, director of Public Sector for Good Technology will talk about how his company can help you manage the mobile phones and tablets at your agency.
June 5, 2012

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 09:40pm EDT
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VA employee promoted female vets' needs in male-dominated health system

As the chief consultant for the Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group at the Veterans Affairs Department, Patricia Hayes helped push for women's health care needs in the VA health system.

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 09:02am EDT
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VA CIO wary of 'bring your own device'

Veteran Affairs' CIO Roger Baker pointed to concerns over cybersecurity as the reason why he's wary about agencies adopting bring-your-own-device initiatives.

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 08:36am EDT

House passes VA, DoD civilian pay freeze

The House passed a veterans funding bill Thursday that includes extends the pay freeze another year for civilian employees of the the Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Friday - 06/01/2012, 02:36pm EDT
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