August 2017

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August 2, 2017

Statement by VA Secretary David J. Shulkin - Passage of the Forever GI Bill Congress has spoken with a strong voice in support of our Veterans this afternoon. The Forever GI Bill expands the success our Veterans have had with the GI Bill providing opportunities that otherwise would not be possible. In particular, it restores benefits to Veterans who were impacted by school closures since 2015 and has special benefits for our reservists, surviving dependents, and Purple Heart recipients. This nation is stronger when our Veterans are studying and working next to their civilian counterparts. Passage of this bill is a win for Veterans and their families.


August 2, 2017

Statement by VA Secretary David J. Shulkin - Congressional Approval of VA Choice Funding Legislation Congress took an important step last night in helping the VA to continue to build an integrated system that allows Veterans to receive the best healthcare possible, whether from VA or the private sector. The $2.1B in Choice funding ensures there will be no disruptions to quality care for our Veterans. Our Veterans have earned and deserve the best care possible and we will keep raising that bar with the help and support of our Congressional leaders.


July 28, 2017

VA Caregiver Support Program Resumes Full Operations WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is resuming full operations of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. The resumption follows an April 17 decision to temporarily suspend certain clinical revocations from the program to conduct a strategic review aimed at strengthening the program. “VA has taken immediate steps to improve the program’s operations,” said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin. M.D. “Our top focus during the review has been to listen, evaluate and act swiftly to make changes that will better meet the needs of our Veterans and caregivers. This does not mean our work is done. We will continue to refine and improve this important program.” VA’s three-month review indicated a need for better communication about clinical revocations, improved internal processes and procedures, and additional staff training. Following the review, VA issued a new directive outlining staff responsibilities, Veteran and caregiver eligibility requirements, available benefits and procedures for revocations from the program. VA also conducted mandatory staff training on the new directive and implemented standardized communications and outreach materials to educate Veterans and caregivers about the program. Additionally, the VA will be formalizing additional ways to ensure that the experience of Veterans’ families, caregivers and survivors are understood and that, where needed, new, or additional, assistance is explored. The VA is committed to listening to the voices of those who care for Veterans of all eras and to collaborating to improve services, outreach and awareness. The caregiver program website has also been redesigned, and now includes a section linking caregivers and Veterans of all ages to resources and home- and community-based services available through VA’s Geriatrics and Extended Care programs. More information on the program is available at


28 July 2017

Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin Statement on House Passage of

S. 114, the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act

Today, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin released the below statement following House Passage of S. 114, the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act.

I thank the leadership of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs’, Chairman Phil Roe and Ranking Member Tim Walz and Chairman Johnny Isakson and Ranking Member Jon Tester, for their great work on this bill, resulting in a unanimous vote in the House.  This will make a real difference in improving VA’s capacity for delivering care to our Veterans, particularly by adding much needed funding for the Veterans Choice Program.   I look forward to the Senate acting on the bill before the August recess.