• Continue reading Secretary Denis McDonough’s Memorial Day 2022 speech

    May 31, 2022

    While visiting a cemetery yesterday, Secretary McDonough recalled the story of a Marine that exemplifies what Memorial Day is all about. 

  • Continue reading VA’s progress on treating cancer since 2016

    March 16, 2022

    Every year, VA diagnoses and treats about 43,000 Veterans with new cases of cancer; VA currently treats 400,000 Veterans with cancer. Here is VA's progress on treating cancer.

  • Continue reading SECVA Monthly Press Conference: Employee resilience, backlog, timely care

    February 17, 2022

    On Feb. 16, 2022, VA Secretary Denis McDonough held a press conference at VA Central Office in Washington, D.C., which was streamed live to VA employees. The event covered updates to how VA is handling the omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, VBA’s progress on the claims backlog, NCA’s handling of uninterrupted memorial services, VHA’s mission to meet timely appointments and care authorizations, and the secretary’s work with the Congress to invest in VA employees.

  • Continue reading February 2022: Secretary McDonough’s Human Infrastructure plan

    February 9, 2022

    This afternoon, Secretary Denis McDonough delivered remarks regarding his Human Infrastructure plan at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Continue reading Statement on the passing of former Senator Bob Dole

    December 5, 2021

    All of us at VA are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a brave man and a patriot, Senator Bob Dole. His death is a loss for our entire country. 

  • Continue reading VA committed to being place free of harassment, assault for all Veterans

    December 1, 2021

    The following letter from VA Secretary Denis McDonough is VA’s annual distribution about anti-harassment and sexual assault.

  • Continue reading Statement from VA Secretary Denis McDonough on the passing of former VA Administrator Max Cleland

    November 9, 2021

    A statement from VA Secretary Denis McDonough on the passing of former senator from Georgia and then “Veterans Administration” administrator Max Cleland.

  • Continue reading SECVA: Innovation, it’s what VA’s about

    October 29, 2021

    VA has a long, well-recognized history of innovation driven by our unceasing focus on delivering the best outcomes for the Veterans we serve. 

  • Continue reading VA secretary talks claims backlog, homelessness, COVID-19 vaccinations during press conference

    October 20, 2021

    Veteran disability claims, homelessness and COVID-19 vaccines were topics VA Secretary Denis McDonough spoke about during a press conference Oct. 20 in Washington D.C.

  • Continue reading Serving America’s Veterans: Fiscal Year 2021 in Review

    October 1, 2021

    As we begin the new fiscal year, let's look back at all that VA accomplished for Veterans, their families, survivors, and caregivers last fiscal year.

  • Continue reading Tenth anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

    September 20, 2021

    Today marks the tenth anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a policy put into place on Feb. 28, 1994 to prevent lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) service members from serving in the military openly.

  • Continue reading VA Secretary Denis McDonough’s statement on Afghanistan to Veterans, their families, survivors, and caregivers

    August 17, 2021

    To America’s Veterans, their families, survivors, and caregivers: I know it is painful to see the images from Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan, especially for the hundreds of thousands of Veterans who have served there since that fateful day in September 2001. When our country was attacked, you and your loved ones made the heroic choice to run towards the fight. That courageous sacrifice matters and has made us safer, no matter what happens today or any other day.