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VA Awards $6.8 Billion for Medical Disability Examinations (9/19/2016)

The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced the awarding of 12 contracts between 5 firms totaling $6.8 billion to improve the Medical Disability Examination process (Compensation and Pension or Comp and Pen Examinations) for Veterans. The awards are intended to reduce Veterans' wait times for examinations for service-connected benefits, thereby providing faster claims decisions in a more efficient and streamlined way.

Chrysler Liquidating Trust Commits $750,000 to Support Homeless Veterans (9/15/2016)

The Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with Chrysler Liquidating Trust to provide funds to support VA efforts to end Veteran homelessness. The partnership is part of the MyVA Strategic Partnership Initiative, which works with external organizations to improve the delivery and access of care for Veterans.

VA Partners with Richmond International Raceway (9/9/2016)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has partnered with Richmond International Raceway (RIR) for the second year in a row to promote greater access and awareness to VA benefits and services at NASCAR weekend -- today and tomorrow in Richmond.

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#VeteranOfTheDay Marine Corps Veteran Daniel J. Lavoie

Posted: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:00:06 +0000

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Daniel J. Lavoie of West Boylston, Massachusetts.

Following graduation from high school, Dan fulfilled his childhood dream of proudly serving his country in the United States Marine Corps. During his service he traveled around the world while serving in the infantry.

Dan’s unit helped rebuild during the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010. Later he would serve in Djibouti and the Somali Coast of Africa where his unit would assist and protect the coast from piracy. He also served in Turkey before having two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

In the last years of his service he was stationed in New Hampshire where he was a firearms instructor for fellow Marines. It was also during this time that he was given the opportunity to assist with the Toys For Tots program, which has donated over 469 million toys to children in need during the holidays. Dan also served with other Marines in the area attending funerals for Marine Corps Veterans to provide honor guard presence.

Dan passed away on September 18, 2016. We honor his service.

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