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