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Tribute to Student Veterans

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students, faculty, and alumni gathered on Monday to celebrate and honor student veterans at Harvard.  The evening kicked off with a panel discussion featuring HKS alumni and student veterans Elisa Basnight MPA 2007, Maura Sullivan MPP 2009, and Daniel Feehan MPP 2013.  The panel discussed the intersection of military service and public service, as well as the public and private sector.  Feehan talked about how his service in the Army led to him teaching middle school math through Teach for America, and then to work for the Department of Defense.  Read more »

New Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Coordinators In VA Benefit Offices

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently established a new MST Coordinator position at each of its Regional Benefit Offices.  Each Regional Benefit Office now has designated one male and one female MST Coordinator to assist Veterans filing disability claims related to MST.  View a list of these staff members.

New Members Appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans

Four new members have been appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises the Secretary on issues and programs affecting women Veterans.  Established in 1983, the Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary for administrative and legislative changes.  (04/02/2015)

The Affordable Care Act, VA, and You

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wants to help Veterans understand their options under the health care law (Affordable Care Act).  VA has an awareness campaign and a website, to let Veterans and other beneficiaries know what the health care law means for them and their families.  Veterans and beneficiaries receiving healthcare from VA will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when the requirement to have health care coverage takes effect next year.

Key points for Veterans about the health care law:

  • If a Veteran is enrolled in VA health care, they do not need to take any additional steps to meet the health care law coverage standards.  If a Veteran is not currently enrolled in VA health care, they may apply for enrollment at any time.
  • Veterans and other beneficiaries not currently enrolled in VA health care can apply for enrollment at any time by visiting www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387), or visiting their local VA health care facility.  VA’s health care system for Veterans has no enrollment fee, no monthly premiums and no deductibles.  Most Veterans also have no out-of-pocket costs, though some may have small copayments for some health care or prescription drugs.

Key points for family members of Veterans who are not eligible for VA health care:

  • Veterans’ family members who already receive healthcare coverage - through their employers, TRICARE, or even through certain VA programs - don’t need to take additional steps.
  • Veterans’ family members may get lower costs on monthly premium or out-of-pocket costs.  They could be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

For information about VA health care and the Affordable Care Act, VA encourages Veterans and family members to visit the newwebsite, or call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or Saturdays from 11a.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern Time.  The new website includes a Health Benefits Explorer, where Veterans can learn about the benefits they can receive if they enroll in VA care.



Advisory Committee for Women Veterans

Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans

The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Women Veterans met in Washington, DC, September 23-25, 2014.  The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs regarding the needs of women Veterans with respect to health care, rehabilitation, compensation, outreach, and other programs and activities administered by VA designed to meet such needs.  Read more »



2014 Champions of Change

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the White House honored ten leaders who are “Women Veteran Leader Champions of Change.”  The event recognized women Veteran industry leaders, highlighting their incredible contributions to our nation's business, public, and community service sectors.  Read more »



Employment Tip - State Grassroots Veteran Employment Programs

Oftentimes, strategies that increase Veteran employment the most are shaped at the local community level.  This is one of the reasons why the Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program.  The U.S. Chamber works with state and local Chambers and businesses to hire Veterans right in their own communities.  There are a number of innovative State programs making a positive impact on Veteran employment.  Some examples include:

  • Virginia’s V3 (Virginia Values Vets) Program is a partnership to certify and assist employers looking to pledge, hire and retain Veterans.
  • The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) has a program to match Veterans and employers.
  • Employ Florida Vets developed their own online connection for Veterans and employers.
  • LAVETBIZ is a business initiative in Louisiana that was established to provide additional opportunities for Louisiana based Veteran (VSE) and service-connected disabled Veteran (DVSE) owned small business owners when they seek work with the State of Louisiana.
  • Operation Workforce in Georgia provides a marketplace for jobs, resources and services for Georgia Veterans.

View programs and services for Veterans.  These are great examples of public and private entities coming together to make a difference for our Veterans and their families.

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