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VA Proposes to Grant Full Practice Authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (5/25/2016)

The Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing a rule to grant full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment. Full practice authority will help optimize access to VA health care by permitting APRNs to assess, diagnose, prescibe medications, and interpret diagnostic tests. This action proposes to expand the pool of qualified health care professionals authorized to provide primary health care and other related health care services to the full extent of their education, training, and certification to Veterans without the clinical supervision of a physician.

Statement from VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald (5/24/2016)

On Monday, I made some remarks on how we're working to improve Veterans' satisfaction with the care they receive from VA. It was never my intention to suggest that I don't take our mission of serving Veterans very seriously.

VA Announces Telemental Health Clinical Resource Centers During Telemedicine Association Gathering (5/16/2016)

As the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) works to improve Veterans' access to health care, its telehealth services play an integral role in that process, said Dr. David J. Shulkin, VA's Under Secretary for Health. Dr. Shulkin spoke today to members of the American Telemedicine Association attending the group's 2016 conference in Minneapolis, where he also announced the establishment of five VA Mental Health Telehealth Clinical Resource Centers to provide enhanced mental health access and services to Veterans in remote locations.

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#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Melvin Rector

Posted: Thu, 26 May 2016 22:23:00 +0000

Todayís #VeteranOfTheDay is Melvin Rector.

Melvin served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a radio operator on B-17 Flying Fortress bombers. He served with 96th Bomb Group flying missions over Europe.

Melvin served his country from 1943 to 1951.

On May 6, he took a trip to England for a tour of World War II sights and locations he served. The last time he had seen the country was during his service in 1945.

His tour of WWII sites started at the Battle of Britain Bunker in the Uxbridge area of London. As he walked out of the bunker, he told his friend he was feeling dizzy. He quietly passed away there outside the bunker.

The Royal Air Force, U.S. Air Force, and historians in London attended and participated in his funeral with military honors.

We honor Melvinís service.

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? Youíre in luck! VAís #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service..

Itís easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to with as much of the information as you can put together with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating for how to create the best submission.

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