• Continue reading A MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY :  Juneteenth Commemoration

    June 17, 2021

    On Juneteenth, we remember, we commemorate and we reflect on the long road to freedom forced upon Black slaves across America. We stand with those who have continued that fight ever since. Their resilience represents the best of us, and we at VA, will never forget their sacrifices to this Nation. America proudly celebrates alongside them.

  • Continue reading VA Secretary Denis McDonough statement on the retirement announcement of Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski:

    June 2, 2021

    Coach K has become known by many titles over the years. National Champion. Gold Medalist. Winningest coach in NCAA history. Bane of Tar Heels everywhere. But here at VA and in the military, he has also been known as Army Capt. Krzyzewski, an artillery liaison to the infantry and graduate of West Point in 1969.

  • Continue reading Secretary McDonough: On the Tulsa Massacre, we remember

    June 1, 2021

    Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre, one of the most tragic domestic terrorism instances visited upon the Black community. Today, we remember.

  • Continue reading How VA connected with older Veterans during the pandemic

    May 19, 2021

    How did VA respond to the needs of older Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic? Like so many, we started by expanding communications.

  • Continue reading Masking guidance for employees, contractors and visitors in non-health care settings

    May 18, 2021

    Masking requirements remain in place for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated employees and visitors to VHA buildings providing health care.

  • Continue reading Secretary, VA leaders affirm the White Ribbon VA pledge

    April 19, 2021

    On April 14, 2021, VA Secretary Denis McDonough held a virtual ceremony to underscore his zero tolerance for gender-based harassment or sexual assault in VA facilities. At the ceremony, McDonough and VA senior leaders, including Army combat Veteran Chief of Staff Tanya Bradsher, affirmed their commitment to the White Ribbon VA pledge.

  • Continue reading VA, DoD secretaries honor Vietnam War Veterans

    March 29, 2021

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III honored Vietnam War Veterans during a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 29, 2021.

  • Continue reading VA to commemorate 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War

    March 22, 2021

    On March 29, our Nation will commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day on its 50th anniversary, an opportunity for VA employees and all Americans to recognize and thank our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice during one of America’s longest wars.

  • Continue reading Secretary McDonough: VA is committed to diversity, equal opportunity; no room for harassment and discrimination

    March 17, 2021

    As VA secretary, I will ensure that VA operates in a culture that celebrates and draws strength from our country’s great diversity.

  • Continue reading Secretary McDonough on International Women’s Day

    March 8, 2021

    Today, March 8th, is the 110th anniversary of International Women's Day. It is the perfect time to pause, recognize, and honor the enormous contributions and accomplishments of women from all walks of life who have long served as champions of social change and equal rights for all Americans.

  • Continue reading A Black History Month Message from VA Secretary Denis McDonough

    February 26, 2021

    As our country’s celebration of Black history comes to a close, a profoundly moving experience reminded me of the rich history of selfless service and sacrifice that Black Veterans have made to this nation.

  • Continue reading Secretary McDonough’s remarks to Veterans Service Organizations regarding the American Rescue Plan

    February 12, 2021

    This plan supports our priority of providing Veterans timely, world-class healthcare. Here’s a few things those targeted funds will allow us to do: It will allow us to ensure that our 9.3 million enrolled Veterans will not have healthcare delayed. The pandemic has resulted in 19.7 million cancelled, delayed or moved appointments. These changes are not only taxing on our Veterans—they may also result in additional costs, forced cancellation, and delays. The plan will allow the Veterans Health Administration and our Information Technology team to sustain and expand telehealth capabilities critical for video-to-home telehealth visits.