House passes bill requiring VA to offer COVID vaccine to more veterans, caregivers
The House has unanimously approved legislation that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer coronavirus vaccines to all veterans, regardless of whether they’re enrolled in VA health care.
Advocates seek to secure and expand fertility services for veterans
Advocates pushed members of Congress on Tuesday to expand and make permanent a federal program to help veterans conceive through in vitro fertilization.
Senators push VA to vaccinate all veterans, spouses, caregivers
An effort is underway in Congress to mandate the Department of Veterans Affairs to vaccinate all U.S. veterans against the coronavirus, as well as their spouses and caregivers.
'As rural as you can get': Montana VA flies coronavirus vaccine to eager veterans
An early-morning delivery by charter plane of 52 vials of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine to Kalispell, Montana, was part of a vaccination program started by the VA to inoculate veterans in highly rural places. On Tuesday, the Montana VA Health Care System vaccinated 529 veterans there, most over age 75.
House committee to investigate whether extremist groups target veterans for recruitment
The investigation will dive into the role misinformation plays in drawing veterans toward extremist ideology and organizations, according to a statement from Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs committee.
McDonough urges Senate to pass coronavirus relief aid for VA
The bill, titled the American Rescue Plan, totals $1.9 trillion and includes billions in relief aid for the VA. The VA secretary said the money was needed to treat veterans who have put off health care visits during the pandemic.
Army veteran who witnessed 1941 Pearl Harbor attack dies in Texas at 102
Virgil Lee Ward, a private who handled a flurry of telephone communications on the morning of the Dec. 7, 1941, died at his home in Grand Prairie, local Texas media reported Monday.
VA seeing no difference in coronavirus vaccine reluctance based on race
Black veterans who are eligible for coronavirus vaccines are accepting them at rates similar to veterans of other races, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
State veterans’ homes are required to report coronavirus data, but not all comply
Most state-run veterans homes publicly shared data about coronavirus cases and deaths for the first time this month, but not all are complying to the new law.
VA secretary orders review of policies to root out barriers for LGBTQ veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs will review its policies and determine how to make the agency a more welcoming and inclusive place for LGBTQ veterans and employees.