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Smoking rates steadily trend down among veterans receiving VA care

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Smoking rates steadily trend down among veterans receiving VA care

WASHINGTON - In conjunction with the Great American Smokeout observed Nov. 18, the Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging veterans to talk to their health care providers about smoking cessation programs to help them quit, as cigarette use continues to decline nationwide. The 2020 Survey of Veteran Enrollees' Health and Use

Cheaper dental for vets

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Cheaper dental for vets

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new initiative with community dental care providers to help improve dental care access for veterans enrolled in VA health care who are currently ineligible for VA dental services. VETSmile: Connecting Veterans with Dentists in their Communities started early July to help eligible

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VA announces new options to help veterans avoid foreclosure

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a new COVID-19 Refund Modification option to assist veterans who require a significant reduction in their monthly mortgage payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, veterans can receive a 20% payment reduction - in others, the reduction can be even

Money for military kids

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Money for military kids

Our Military Kids (OMK) supports military children (ages three to 18) by providing grants up to $300 to fund sports, arts and other enrichment activities when their parents are deployed overseas with the National Guard, Reserve, or when recovering from severe injuries sustained in a post-9/11 overseas mission. Participation in these activities helps

VA has rapid training program

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VA has rapid training program

WASHINGTON - As part of the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications from veterans interested in the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP). VRRAP gives eligible veterans who lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic access to employment reeducation to qualify for high-demand occupations. "Through

VGLI cost break

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VGLI cost break

WASHINGTON - All veterans insured under Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) will receive a reduction in premiums effective April 1, ensuring that VGLI remains a cost effective option for veterans and transitioning uniform service members who choose Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) insurance products. Premiums for VGLI will be reduced by

71 improvements for you

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71 improvements for you

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) today released the VA Customer Experience Accomplishments Report detailing 71 major initiatives to improve customer service for veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors. Improving customer service as a top priority at VA was established in 2018 and it challenged the department to

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Ipads for vets

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a new collaboration with Apple to increase veterans' access to virtual care benefits. VA's iPad program provides qualifying veterans with cellular-enabled iPads to access telehealth services and currently helps more than 50,000 veterans across the country connect to VA health

Puget Sound VA medical center reopening services

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Puget Sound VA medical center reopening services

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie announced the department will begin to reintroduce healthcare services in select VA facilities May 18 including in the Puget Sound, as states reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns. Each Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) has selected Lead Sites to be the first to implement

Memorial Day commemorations at NCA cemeteries

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Memorial Day commemorations at NCA cemeteries

The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is committed to observing Memorial Day 2020 in a manner that honors those who sacrificed for our nation while protecting the health and safety of visitors and our team members. All 142 VA national cemeteries will be open for visitation throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

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