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Request for Applications: ODVA Advisory Committee

September 29, 2014 Dear Oregon Veteran Community and Partners: For the first time in the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) nearly 70 year history, our state is striving to serve veterans spanning four generations and five major wars. The core services that the agency provides and coordinates result in vital state and federal benefits
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Oregon Veterans’ Home Earns Top Distinction for Excellence in Quality Care

              THE DALLES, Ore. – The Oregon Veterans’ Home, located in The Dalles, has been recognized as the first and only state veterans’ home nationally to ever earn the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award for superior performance in the long-term and post-acute care profession. The award is one
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VA Fights Against Veteran Identity Theft

VA Launches new identity theft website and toll-free help line   WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it has launched a new campaign to educate Veterans about identity theft prevention. The new campaign, titled More Than a Number, references the personally identifiable information that VA encourages Veterans to protect. “We
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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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