United States Department of Veterans Affairs


Severe Weather in Atlantic May Impact VA Operations

Severe weather in the Atlantic may impact VA operations, leading to closures, cancellations, or rescheduling. Read more on how to keep up with VA on VAntage Point.


VA Guarantees 20 Millionth Home Loan

On October 26, VA guaranteed its 20 millionth home loan since 1944 at an event in Woodbridge, Virginia. VA-backed loans total over $284 billion across the country.
Learn more at VAntage Point.


VA Pinks Out for Breast Cancer Awareness

VA employees across the country participated in the 3rd Annual “Pink Out Challenge” to raise awareness of breast cancer. Read about the champions for women Veterans behind the challenge. View photos


Vet Centers: Supporting Combat Veterans

Vet Centers offer Veterans and their families an alternative to bustling VA hospitals. The 300 centers located across the country, offer counseling, substance abuse and employment assessment, and resources. Learn more 


The Veterans Crisis Line: Behind the Scenes

The Veterans Crisis Line has saved thousands of lives with dedicated counselors taking calls from Veterans in mental health crises. Take a look at what goes on behind the scenes. View video

In The News

VA Offers a New Tool to Help Veterans Prevent Diabetes

The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced the implementation of a pilot version of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a program being promoted nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aimed at reducing the number of Veterans who develop diabetes.
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VA Leads Nation in Breast Cancer Screening Rates

The Department of Veterans Affairs leads the Nation in breast cancer screening rates and has outperformed non-VA health care systems in breast cancer screenings for more than 15 years, with 87 percent of eligible women receiving mammograms in the VA health care system in fiscal year 2010.
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VA Awards over $47 Million for State and Tribal Veterans Cemeteries

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the award of 18 grants totaling $47,462,135 to 15 states and one tribal government to establish new Veterans cemeteries and to expand or improve others.
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Online Toolkit Aims to Support Mental Health Providers Serving Veterans in the Community

The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a new online Community Provider Toolkit aimed at delivering support, therapeutic tools, and resources to community providers treating Veterans for mental health concerns.
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Hot Topics

Impact of VBA's New Challenge Training Program

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has developed a comprehensive and integrated Transformation Campaign Plan to achieve our 2015 goal of eliminating the disability claims backlog and processing all claims at a 98 percent quality level. Along with improved processes and technologies, investment in our people is a key component of VBA's transformation to a 21st Century organization. View the report.

VA Publishes Draft Strategy Plan for
Women Vets

VA's Women Veterans Task Force has developed a comprehensive action plan to focus on resolving critical issues facing women Veterans. View the 2012 Draft Report: Strategies for Serving Our Women Veterans. Leave comments.

VA Gulf War Task Force Report Released

VA has released the second in a series of annual reports from its Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Task Force, outlining how the department will address the concerns of Veterans deployed during the Gulf War of 1990-1991. The report focuses on efforts to improve the delivery of health care for Gulf War Veterans, including the launch of a prototype clinical care model specifically for Gulf War Veterans.
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VA Publishes its 2011 Highlights for the Citizen

On November 15th, VA published its 2011 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). The PAR enables the President, Congress, Veterans Service Organizations, and the public to assess VA's performance on behalf of America's Veterans. The 2011 Highlights for the Citizen, which presents the most important information from the PAR in a condensed, user-friendly format, is now available. View the report page for more information