McDonough is sworn in as VA secretary; calls it the 'honor of my lifetime'
Denis McDonough was sworn in as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday in a ceremony conducted by Vice President Kamala Harris.
Past month saw 25% of VA's patient deaths from the pandemic
As of Friday, the virus had killed 9,416 patients -- more than 2,300 who have died since Jan. 7. More than 1,100 VA patients have died in the past two weeks, making it the deadliest two-week period for veterans so far during the pandemic.
Debt collection goes on while VA ‘exploring options’ to reinstate pause
Dat Tran, acting secretary of the VA, said in a statement Monday that the department was “exploring options to pause federal collections on compensation and pension overpayments, and medical and education-related debts.”
VA secretary nominee Denis McDonough moves forward in the confirmation process
If confirmed by the Senate, McDonough will take the helm of the second-largest federal agency, which operates America’s largest health care system.
VA sends mobile Vet Centers to provide counseling on Capitol Hill
Two mobile Vet Centers will set up near the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to provide free mental health services to Capitol Police, lawmakers, congressional staff and National Guard members who need counseling after the Jan. 6 attack in Washington.
Republican senators announce support for Biden’s VA nominee, Denis McDonough
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., the Republican leader of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced his support Wednesday for Denis McDonough to become the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Tester takes lead of Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., will take the helm of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Wednesday when the committee meets for the first time in the new congressional session.
Biden administration takes over at VA’s deadliest moment
While Joe Biden was being sworn in as the country’s 46th president, the VA reported another grim milestone: More than 8,000 patients had died of the virus — 1,000 of those deaths occurring in the last 13 days.
Dat Tran to temporarily lead VA as acting secretary
President Joe Biden on Wednesday named Dat Tran, the principal deputy assistant secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Enterprise Integration, to immediately take the helm of the agency.
VA to vaccinate veteran caregivers after policy change
The Department of Veterans Affairs decided this week it would administer coronavirus vaccinations to veteran caregivers — a population that was not included in the agency’s vaccination strategy.
National veterans groups plan to purge members found guilty in Capitol attack
Multiple veterans and service members are being investigated for their roles in the mob takeover of the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday, and at least two national veterans organizations want to ensure they’re not on their membership lists.
Wilkie won’t resign as VA secretary after Capitol riot
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie won’t resign in the aftermath of the takeover of the U.S. Capitol building, the agency said Friday.
7,000 VA patients have now died of coronavirus
The VA reported 7,099 total deaths Thursday and nearly 16,000 active coronavirus cases. Only seven days into the new year, January is already on pace to be the agency’s deadliest month.
December is already the deadliest month of the pandemic for VA patients
The coronavirus has killed more than 1,000 veterans so far in December, making it the deadliest month for Department of Veterans Affairs patients with nine days remaining until January.
VA to vaccinate patients, staff at 128 additional sites
The Department of Veterans Affairs is readying doses of the Moderna vaccine, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized Friday for emergency use.
State-run veterans’ homes are required to report coronavirus cases, deaths under new bill
State-run veterans’ homes will soon be required to share the number of coronavirus cases and deaths at their facilities with the federal government under a bill passed by Congress this week.
Sweeping veterans bill boosts protections for GI Bill recipients and cracks down on predatory schools
Veterans have long been the targets of aggressive recruiting by for-profit colleges, which are required to get at least 10% of their revenues outside of federal student loans or grants.
Veterans organizations urge Trump to fire VA chief Wilkie
Several major veterans organizations on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump to fire VA Secretary Robert Wilkie after a federal watchdog report found he and his senior staff mishandled a congressional aide’s claim that she was sexually assaulted at a VA hospital.
VA releases order of veterans, staff to be vaccinated
The VA is undertaking a plan to distribute vaccines to more than 418,000 employees and 10 million enrolled patients — a task one VA official called a “Herculean effort.”