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VA Announces $8 Million in Grants for New Adaptive Sports for Disabled Veterans

                    WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the availability of up to $8 million in grant funding to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces; adaptive sports are those sports that have been created or
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New Regulations Automate Burial Payments for Veterans’ Survivors

WASHINGTON – New burial regulations effective today will now allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to automatically pay  the maximum amount allowable under law to most eligible surviving spouses more quickly and efficiently, without the need for a written application. Under former regulations, VA paid burial benefits on a reimbursement basis, which required survivors
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ODVA Now Accepting Donations Online

SALEM – The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) is now accepting online donations to support four funds aimed at improving programs and supporting efforts that benefit Oregon veterans. One of the funds, the Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention Fund, was established in 2013 when the Oregon Legislature passed SB 762 creating a public information
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Former Proctor & Gamble Chief Executive Robert A. McDonald to be Nominated as Next SVA

By Sloan D. Gibson, Acting Secretary of VA Today, after a careful search, President Obama announced his intention to nominate former Proctor & Gamble (P&G) chief executive Robert A. McDonald to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.   I have been close friends with Bob McDonald for over 40 years; I welcome his nomination with
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VA Announces $5 Million in Grants to Aid Homeless Veterans With Special Needs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is making renewed funding available to 25 organizations in 11 states that provide transitional housing and supportive services to homeless Veterans with special needs.  The Grant and Per Diem Program (GPD) Special Need Grants – totaling $5 million to grantees – will allow the organizations
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Monthly Site Inspections Across Veterans Health Facilities to Restore Integrity to Scheduling Process

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson today directed all Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Medical Center and Health Care System Directors to conduct monthly in-person reviews of scheduling practices in every clinic within their jurisdiction.  Site inspections will include observing daily scheduling processes and interacting with scheduling staff to ensure all
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VA Releases Data on Quality, Access to Veterans Healthcare

Acting Secretary Gibson Provides Transparency, Announces Further Actions on Timely Healthcare Access WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the results from its Nationwide Access Audit, along with facility level patient access data, medical center quality and efficiency data, and mental health provider survey data, for all Veterans health facilities. Full details
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Greatest Generation To Be Honored at Oregon WWII Memorial

Thousands expected at Friday’s dedication of the Oregon World War II Memorial in Salem. SALEM, OR – This Friday marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion at Normandy.  Fittingly, it is the day that the Greatest Generation will receive a long overdue honor at the dedication of the Oregon World War II Memorial on the
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POTUS Announces the Resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki

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Governor Kitzhaber and First Lady Hayes Learn About Community Partnerships During Roseburg Visit

Collaboration is theme at apartment complex for homeless veterans and among elected officials, stakeholders from three counties (Roseburg, OR) — During a Roseburg visit Tuesday, Governor Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes learned about partnerships that benefit veterans and their families and efforts focused on strengthening collaboration in the Umpqua Valley. The Governor and First Lady
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