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Tri-Agency Partnership Working to Tailor Cancer Care Based on Genes, Proteins (8/23/2016)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to tailor cancer care for patients based on the genes and proteins associated with their tumors. The tri-agency program will create the nation's first system in which cancer patients' tumors are routinely screened for gene and protein information, with the goal of finding targeted therapies for each individual patient. The process will also continually generate new information to boost clinicians' ability to treat the disease.

VA provides service dog benefits to Veterans with mental health disorders (8/18/2016)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it is piloting a protocol to implement veterinary health benefits for mobility service dogs approved for Veterans with a chronic impairment that substantially limits mobility associated with mental health disorders.

The Joint Commission Releases Results of VA Health Care Surveys to VA (8/4/2016)

Note: This release was updated on August 5. The Joint Commission today provided the results of its Special Focused Surveys of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare facilities to VA leadership. The special focused surveys, prompted by reported allegations of scheduling improprieties, delays in patient care and other quality-of-care concerns, were conducted October 2014 to September 2015 and focused on measuring the progress VA has made to improve access to care and barriers that might stand in the way of providing timely care to Veterans.

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#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Charles Jay Roland

Posted: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:00:17 +0000

Todayís #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Charles Jay Roland.

Charles served for two years during World War I with Company E, 8th Ohio Infantry and Company E, 146th Infantry.

Though he had served in the Army starting April 14, 1917, he wasnít deployed overseas until June 15 the next year. Having toured both France and Belgium, Charles was in numerous battles, including the occupation of Baccarat, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, and Parmes Sector Ypres-Lys offensive.

Charles was discharged on April 13, 1919, two weeks after he came home from war.

We honor his service.

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