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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 Army Veteran John Gualtier

Posted: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:11:50 +0000

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran John Gualtier. John served during World War II.

As a young man, John spent the last years of WWII in Europe as a combat medic. He treated countless soldiers for war wounds and turned 19-years-old while liberating a concentration camp.

In 1969, John received the Combat Medic Badge and a Bronze Star.

He has put in more than 10,000 volunteer hours at the Iowa City VA Hospital and has been a service officer at his local VFW post for over 30 years. In addition, John spends his time placing Veteran Cemetery Stones in numerous cemeteries across Iowa.

When John returned from World War II, he tried to suppress the painful stories of war. Now he shares his experiences with local high school students and other Veterans.

Thank you for your service, John!

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.

Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.

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