Monthly Archives: August 2023

veteran usability project

Blind Veterans can now read decision letters

For the first time ever, blind Veterans can now read their VA benefits decision letters immediately, online, inside the VA Health and Benefits mobile app. This new feature is part of VA’s move to improve its accessibility, a significant improvement over previously waiting ten days to receive letters in the mail. VA is committed to ensuring all Veterans have access to its services, taking an accessibility beyond compliance approach, meaning accessibility

women's equality day

Defense Health Agency Marks Women’s Equality Day

To recognize Women’s Equality Day, in celebration of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, the Defense Health Agency created a virtual presentation about the history of women in military medicine. Addressing the changing role of women in military medicine from the Civil War to the modern era, DHA Director U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland acknowledged, “We should celebrate how far we’ve come but we can’t rest on

Veteran-led organizations assist in Hawaii wildfires relief operations

Veteran-led organizations like Project DYNAMO and Team Rubicon are among the organizations assisting in relief operations on the fire-stricken island of Hawaii, with crews on-site in neighborhoods devastated by the deadliest wildfire in the U.S. in more than a century. VA has created a resource page for Veterans affected by the wildfires, and Veterans who need assistance can also call 1-800-214-1306 to speak with someone about resources

blood emergency

Donation shortfall may impact blood supply

By making an appointment to give blood or platelets in August – especially type O negative, type O positive, type B negative and type A negative – donors can keep the national blood supply from falling to shortage levels. For those who don’t know their blood type, making a donation is an easy way to find out this important personal health information. All who come to give throughout the month of

afghanistan veterans

Help for Afghanistan Veterans and families

A four-part series on how Afghanistan Veterans and their families can get help through VA is available throughout the month of August, from reconciliation of service to PTSD. While this series is focused on Afghanistan Veterans, options apply to all Veterans. learn more  

blood pressure check

Should you go to the emergency room or urgent care?

Picking the correct type of care – urgent, emergency care and 911 – can save you time and get you the care you need when you need it, without compromising your safety. Emergency and urgent care are different types of care, not just different levels of the same care, and less than life-threatening injuries or symptoms can be treated at a VA facility or by in-network urgent care providers.

esprit de corps

Big Red One Noncommissioned Officers Build esprit de corps

Starting with three different games of “Duraball” – a unique team-building experience in which ultimate football, soccer and rugby – the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley recently hosted a “Big Red One Year of the Noncommissioned Officer” team-building event at Camp Forsyth Soccer Complex on Fort Riley, KS. “We are out here doing a team building event,” said Sgt. Maj. R. Terry Woods Jr., “bringing the NCOs together to strengthen

Antiterrorism Month

August is Antiterrorism Month

August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month, an annual observance to recognize risks associated with terrorist threats and an opportunity to provide education to our community in order to increase awareness and vigilance. The Army antiterrorism and protection programs (including insider threat) are an integrated effort to deter, detect and mitigate risk to Army readiness and support mission assurance. learn more  

the bugler

2023 Veterans Day poster contest winner

For the 2023 Veterans Day Poster Contest, the Veterans Day National Committee (VDNC) called on professional and amateur artists to create picture-perfect designs that reflect the theme of this year’s Veterans Day observance: service. When all ballots were tallied, the VDNC selected “The Bugler” by Gene Russell, a service-connected disabled Army Infantry Veteran and VA employee, as this year’s winning submission. learn more