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VA expands Veteran access to telehealth with iPad services

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a new collaboration with Apple to increase Veterans’ access to virtual care benefits. VA’s iPad program provides qualifying Veterans with cellular-enabled iPads to access telehealth services and currently helps more than 50,000 Veterans across the country connect to VA health care services virtually. “VA will continue working diligently to provide Veterans with the… Read more
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Flag At Half-Staff Alert: Patriot Day – Friday, September 11th

Follow VOB On… In accordance with Public Law 107-89, the president of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation (per the requirements of Flag Code section 7(m)) for the flag to be displayed at half-staff for the entire day (sunrise to sunset) on Patriot Day, Friday, Sept. 11.  Additionally, title 36 U.S. Code § 144, calls for citizens… Read more
Patriot Day (9/11 Remembrance Day)

Patriot Day 9/11/2020: A Day of Remembrance

In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11th of each year, designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001. U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of… Read more
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United States Flag Etiquette and FAQs

“Does the flag have to be destroyed if it touches the ground?” “Is it permissible to wear an item of clothing that looks like the United States flag?” “What are the exact shades of the colors blue and red?” “When is the United States flag to be displayed?” “What is considered proper illumination when flying the flag at night?” Our… Read more
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VA rolls out new patient-appointment tool, as part of electronic health record modernization transformation

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new appointment scheduling tool Aug. 21 at the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System to make medical visits more efficient for care providers and Veterans. A critical component of VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) effort, the Centralized Scheduling Solution (CSS) will be implemented at all VA health facilities to expedite patient-care coordination throughout the department. “VA has delivered an enhanced scheduling system that will benefit Veterans and health care… Read more
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Veterans benefits 2020: Most popular state Veteran monuments

VA worked with state representatives to compile a list of the most popular state Veteran monuments, part of a five part series. Below is a list in alphabetical order. Alabama “Alabama is a very patriotic state with Veterans representing more than 10% of the population. Most communities in Alabama have something honoring the service and sacrifice of those who have… Read more