Army Cemeteries Transferred to VA Care

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Army Cemeteries Transferred to VA Care

The last of 11 Army post cemeteries has been transferred to Department of Veterans Affairs management, completing a 15-month process of moving the sites to VA care.

“Completion of the cemetery transfers highlights VA’s role in increasing efficiency and streamlining operations across the federal government,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement.

“It also spotlights the strong partnership between VA and the Department of Defense,” he said.

VA Boosts Telehealth Options for Veterans

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VA Boosts Telehealth Options for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to care for veterans—and some non-veterans—during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite halting face-to-face encounters, the department’s top official said.

“We have shown we are adaptable, we’re agile,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said during an event hosted by the Defense Writers Group July 7. 

Wilkie: Care for Veterans is America’s Sacred Duty

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie addresses the National Partners Luncheon at the 2019 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Washington Convention Center on Oct. 16, 2019.
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Wilkie: Care for Veterans is America’s Sacred Duty

It’s everyone’s duty to take care of America’s veterans and “make sure we live up to Abraham Lincoln’s vision,” the secretary of Veterans Affairs said at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Speaking at the National Partners Luncheon Oct. 16, Secretary Robert Wilkie recounted stories of soldiers, past and present, as well as members of his own family who have served and suffered in America’s wars but sometimes faced difficult experiences when they returned home.

VA Must Improve Veterans’ Access to Burial Options

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VA Must Improve Veterans’ Access to Burial Options

The Department of Veterans Affairs is falling far short of achieving a 2017 goal to expand cemeteries because of significant problems finding land for new burials, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.

Survey Assessing Older Veterans’ Needs

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Survey Assessing Older Veterans’ Needs

A survey of the health, housing and lifestyle needs of Alabama’s older veterans was undertaken last fall in a joint effort of the University of Alabama’s Office of Military Families and Veterans and AARP Alabama.

AARP members who were identified as having prior service were surveyed in September. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates there are 360,000 veterans living in Alabama, and that 65 percent are age 45 or older, the group targeted in the survey.

Reform Proposes Transfer to VA of 11 Army Cemeteries

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Reform Proposes Transfer to VA of 11 Army Cemeteries

A White House government reform plan would transfer 11 Army-run cemeteries—all but one located at now closed forts—to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration in a move aimed at improving efficiency and freeing up Army funds for more critical needs.

High-profile locations like Arlington National Cemetery, the cemeteries at the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home, and cemeteries at 18 other Army installations would remain in the Army’s hands, as would Air Force-funded cemeteries at former Army bases.

Three Army Vets Part of Women's Art Display

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Three Army Vets Part of Women's Art Display

Feb. 27, 2017

Three Army veterans are part of a group of 10 women selected to have their art on display in VA medical centers during Women’s History Month.

Pamela Corwin, Cara Myhre and Deveon Sudduth will have their artwork on display at medical centers as part of a celebration of women veteran artists. The initiative is part of a partnership between the VA’s Center for Women Veterans and the Veteran Artist Program.