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VA to Provide Fertility Counseling and Treatment for Certain Veterans and Spouses (1/19/2017)

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it is amending its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to eligible Veterans and spouses. VA currently provides certain infertility services other than in vitro fertilization (IVF) services to Veterans as part of the medical benefits package. This interim final rule authorizes IVF for a Veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the Veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. It also states that VA may provide fertility counseling and treatment using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), including IVF, to a spouse of a Veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the Veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment.

VA's Rule Establishes a Presumption of Service Connection for Diseases Associated with Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune (1/13/2017)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Applications to be accepted for 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games (1/9/2017)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will accept applications from Veterans interested in competing in the 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games beginning Feb. 1. Veterans ages 55 and older and enrolled in VA health care may complete applications online at Applications will be accepted through March 1.

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#VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran Jeannie Dicks

Posted: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:10:45 +0000

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Jeannie Dicks. Jeanie served during the Korean War.

Jeannie was born in 1934 and joined the Navy in 1952. She went to boot camp in Bainbridge, Maryland, and served as a Navy Cryptologist. Jeannie is one of the co-founders of WAVES National, an organization for sea service women who served honorably in the United States military.

In 1979, WAVES National was officially recognized as a non-profit military veterans association. Jeannie, and her cohorts were the impetus for the first WAVES National convention held in Sacramento, CA, with 250 women. Jeannie has dedicated her entire life to furthering women in the military services.

Today, the organization has morphed into the Military Women Across the Nation to include and encompass all women who served honorably in all military services in the United States.

Jeanie passed away on New Year’s Eve, 2016.

We honor Jeannie’s 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? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s 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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