January 10, 2017

Talking about health care, research and benefits for Gulf War Veterans – Part 1

The National Gulf War Resource Center (NGWRC), an advocacy group for Gulf War Veterans, spoke to VA Secretary Bob McDonald about health care, research and benefits […]
January 9, 2017

VA CIO, technology chief: “We put the Veteran at the center of everything we do.”

I have had the honor to serve in the Obama Administration as the assistant secretary of Information and Technology, and chief information officer at the U.S. […]
December 27, 2016

How to file a Notice of Disagreement on your VA compensation claim

If you disagree with the decision VA made on your disability compensation claim, your first step is to formally tell VA that you disagree. I received […]
December 21, 2016

MyVA: Putting Veterans first by reducing wait times and providing better experience

Strong partnerships result in the best access to health services for Veterans in their communities and on their schedules. The MyVA initiative aims to foster and strengthen these partnerships.

From implementing the Veterans Choice Program to clarifying eligibility requirements, VA is working to make Veterans’ experience with community care as seamless as possible. Take a look:

Check back to learn about the department’s recommitment to ending Veteran homelessness.

This is the fourth installment of

December 20, 2016

VA study finds EEG can help differentiate between PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury

A recent VA study points to a possible breakthrough in differentiating between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), otherwise known as a concussion.

The two disorders often carry similar symptoms, such as irritability, restlessness, hypersensitivity to stimulation, memory loss, fatigue and dizziness. Scientists have tried to distinguish between mTBI and PTSD in hopes of improving treatment options for Veterans, but many symptom-based studies have been inconclusive because the chronic effects of

December 20, 2016

Nearly 100,000 Vets enrolled in burn pit registry

Join VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

VA launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry in June 2014 to better understand the long-term health effects of exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment. The number of new participants in this registry is climbing steadily, and will soon reach the milestone of 100,000 participants. As of December 9, 2016, the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry includes 95,593

December 19, 2016

MyVA: Putting Veterans First by simplifying the online experience through Vets.gov

Through Vets.gov, Veterans can discover, apply for, track, and manage their VA benefits easily — as it should be. Soon, Veterans will no longer have to navigate multiple VA websites and use multiple logins to access their health care and benefits information.

Vets.gov is simplifying the benefits process for Veterans — cutting the time it takes to enroll in health care in half — to just 24 minutes.

This is the third installment of a

December 16, 2016

This Week at VA #9: Justin Blazejewski – Marine Veteran, Yogi

Episode nine brings us Marine Veteran Justin Blazejewski.

Justin’s introduction to yoga began in 2007 while he was searching for different exercises that would help with a back injury he sustained while serving. Soon after his first class he dove into a daily yoga practice, quickly realizing the physical benefits of yoga when his back pain began to disappear after only a couple of weeks.

Justin was in his 4th year of monthly travel to

December 13, 2016

New Regulation Decreases Cost of Outpatient Medication Copay for Most Veterans

Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulation on copayments for Veterans’ outpatient medications for non-service connected conditions. VA currently charges non-exempt Veterans either $8 or $9 for each 30-day or less supply of outpatient medication, and under current regulations, a calculation based on the medication of the Medical Consumer Price Index (CPI-P) would be used to determine the copayment amount in future years. “Switching to a tiered system continues to