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SECVA Monthly Press Conference: Employee resilience, backlog, timely care

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.

By |February 17th, 2022|Secretary's Blog, Top Stories|4 Comments

Get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect each other, health care workers: SecVA

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect others and health care workers from hospitalization and death, VA Secretary Denis McDonough said Jan. 19 at a Blue Star Families online forum.

By |January 19th, 2022|Secretary's Priorities, Top Stories|1 Comment

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

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

By |December 1st, 2021|Secretary's Blog, Secretary's Priorities|19 Comments

Caregivers have been overlooked, those days are over, VA secretary says

Caregivers have been overlooked by VA over the years, but those days are over, VA Secretary Denis McDonough said Oct. 29. Speaking at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Sixth Annual National Convening, McDonough said one of VA’s most important jobs is to support caregivers.

By |October 29th, 2021|Caregivers, Top Stories|26 Comments

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

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.

Remembering fallen means honoring unfinished work: SecVA

Remembering the fallen means honoring the nation’s unfinished work, VA Secretary Denis McDonough said at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia May 28.

By |May 28th, 2021|Memorial Affairs, Top Stories|Comments Off on Remembering fallen means honoring unfinished work: SecVA

Secretary, VA leaders affirm the White Ribbon VA pledge

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.

By |April 19th, 2021|Secretary's Blog, Top Stories|4 Comments

Veterans to receive assistance through proposed American Jobs Plan

Veterans would see improved infrastructure, more jobs and small business assistance in the proposed American Jobs Plan, VA Secretary Denis McDonough said April 15. Speaking during a White House press call, the secretary said the plan would give VA more resources to help Veterans.

By |April 15th, 2021|Secretary's Priorities, Top Stories|2 Comments

VA, DoD secretaries honor Vietnam War Veterans

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.

By |March 29th, 2021|Honoring Vets, ICARE, Secretary's Blog, Top Stories|5 Comments
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