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VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With 'Make-a-thon Challenge' (7/21/2015)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a Make-a-thon challenge, which is 2-day event aimed at accelerating the development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. The challenge brings together designers, makers, technology industry leaders and Veterans.

VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans' Care (7/13/2015)

The Department of Veterans Affairs today urged Congress to act expeditiously and approve its pending request for fiscal year 2015 budget flexibility. The request, formally transmitted on June 23, seeks the transfer of funds from the Choice Program to continue VA's efforts to increase Veterans' access to care and life-saving pharmaceuticals.

VA Funds New Studies Using Million Veteran Program Data (7/7/2015)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing four new studies that will use genetic and other data from VA's Million Veteran Program (MVP) to answer key questions on heart disease, kidney disease, and substance use-high-priority conditions affecting Veterans.

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#ReadWhereYouAre: How Veterans can help get kids reading

Posted: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:53:08 +0000

On Wednesday, VA Secretary Bob McDonald sat down with students at Seaton Elementary in Washington, D.C., for the Read Where You Are day of action, a new initiative that encourages everyone to read with the young people in their lives and community.

Research shows that young people who do not read over the summer fall behind their peers. This is especially true for children from low-income communities and is directly connected to the achievement in reading. The good news is this is entirely preventable. When we read, when we listen to stories read to us, research shows our brains light up. Reading is powerful and helps students stay sharp and ready to learn.

How can Veterans and others help? #ReadWhereYouAre. Read to the young people in your life and in your community. And then spread the word. Take a picture and share it through social media using the #ReadWhereYouAre hashtag.

Learn More about the campaign, too. Visit to learn more about other ways to keep reading and learning happening throughout the summer.


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