• May 1, 2020

    To help the USNS Comfort close out its mission in NYC, remaining patients were transferred and are being cared for by VA New York Harbor Health Care System and James J. Peters “Bronx” VA Medical Center.

  • April 20, 2020

    The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a worldwide pandemic, March 11, but VA was already preparing for this dangerous virus several weeks before. Since COVID-19 appeared in the U.S., VA has effectively managed its resources and has cared for more than 4,500 Veterans diagnosed with the virus, and dozens of non-Veteran patients as part of its “Fourth Mission” to serve as a backstop to America’s health care system.

  • March 30, 2020

    VA began deploying Mobile Vet Center units the week of March 16 to expand Veteran outreach in communities affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • March 27, 2020

    VA released a public COVID-19 Response Plan that it will be executing within medical facilities to protect Veterans, their families and staff. 

  • March 24, 2020

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved a request from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), March 19, to waive a section of federal law that governs retired VA workers.

  • March 23, 2020

    All VA national cemeteries are open and will continue to provide interments for Veterans and eligible individuals. However, effective March 23 — as part of the agency’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) — committal services and the rendering of military funeral honors will discontinue until further notice.

  • March 23, 2020

    Student Veterans will continue to receive their GI Bill benefits under S. 3503, which President Trump signed into law March 21.

  • March 4, 2020

    VA will publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register March 6 that would improve and standardize VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) and ensure the program regulations reflect changes required by the VA MISSION Act of 2018. 

  • January 27, 2020

    VA has released an updated DOD list of locations outside of Vietnam where tactical herbicides were used, tested or stored by the United States military.

  • December 12, 2019

    VA and Walmart cut the ribbon in Asheboro, North Carolina, Dec. 10, for a new VA-led Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS) services pilot location.

  • December 3, 2019

    Veterans can expect the Board of Veterans Appeals to launch a nationwide availability of virtual hearing technology in 2020. This [...]

  • November 16, 2019

    The Podimetrics Mat, a new medical device that could prevent limb loss in Veterans with diabetes, is now in use at 15 VA medical centers. The mat uses thermographic monitoring of a patient’s feet to identify early onset of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), which can lead to limb loss if not detected early.