December 13, 2016

VA study confirms high cure rates with use of new hepatitis C drugs

A VA database study shows that new drug regimens for hepatitis C have resulted in “remarkably high” cure rates among patients in VA’s national health care system.

Of the more than 17,000 Veterans in the study, all chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus at baseline, 75 percent to 93 percent had no detectable levels of the disease in their blood for 12 or more weeks after the end of treatment. The therapy regimens lasted

December 13, 2016

Telemedicine for PTSD no less effective than in-person therapy

Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who have difficulties making it to in-person therapy sessions may be able to get treatment that's just as good by videoconference.

December 12, 2016

Wreaths Across America: Holiday wreaths to honor Veterans at VA national cemeteries

Volunteers will place holiday wreaths to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans at many of VA’s national cemeteries this Saturday, Dec. 17 during this year’s national Wreaths Across America event.

The Worcester Wreath Company, through a campaign called Wreaths Across America, began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA’s national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries in 2006.  This is the 11th year of Wreaths Across America events at VA national cemeteries

December 12, 2016

MyVA: Putting Veterans First by increasing same-day access to care

Did you know that by the end of this year, more than 160 VA facilities will offer same-day access to care? Together, we’ve emerged from the 2014 wait list crisis to create the most accessible health care system in the country.

Learn what VA is doing every day to ensure that Veterans and their family members receive the care they need when and where they need it — a top priority of the MyVA

December 9, 2016

John Glenn, Astronaut and Senator, to Lie in State in Ohio

John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building before a celebration of his life of military and government service and history-making voyages into space

December 9, 2016

This Week at VA #8: Alfred Rodrigues – Navy Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor

Episode eight brings us Navy Veteran Alfred Rodrigues. He’s affectionately called “Uncle Al” around the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Uncle Al was in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7th, 1941. We caught up with Uncle Al and talked to him about his service.

Covered in Episode Eight:

WWII Navy Vet finds friend Interview with Navy Veteran Alfred Rodrigues Al’s decision to join the military. Pearl Harbor attacks Serving during
December 8, 2016

VA national cemeteries now offering pre-need eligibility determinations

VA announced today that it now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program, upon request, individuals can learn if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery.

“MyVA is about looking at VA from the Veterans’ perspective, and then doing everything we can to make the Veteran Experience effective and seamless,” said VA Secretary Bob McDonald. “This

December 8, 2016

Eureka! VA doctors use secure web-based tool to better serve Veterans

Veterans!  We wanted you to know about an easy-to-use tool that VA doctors and staff have to make your health care more efficient and better coordinated.

VA’s Joint Legacy Viewer (JLV) is a web-based tool that can save both you and your health care provider a lot of time. A feature of JLV gives VA doctors access to some of your non-VA health care records digitally, which is great for you. Your health care providers

December 8, 2016

Eugene WWII veteran inducted into Veterans of Foreign Wars

SPRINGFIELD — Ralph Kephart of Eugene looked at two photographs Wednesday as he sat in the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Springfield.