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Veterans Affairs' Secretary Robert A. McDonald Issues Statement on Signing of the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 (9/29/2016)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald released the following statement after President Obama signed the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016.

VA Announces $3.4 Million in Funding to Help the Homeless (9/29/2016)

Today, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of $3.4 million in grant funding offered through the Grant and Per Diem Program to 16 community agencies that provide enhanced services for homeless Veterans with special needs.

VA Announces Several Caregiver Partnerships (9/28/2016)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced several new and expanded partnerships to support the VA Caregiver Support Program. The VA Caregiver Support Program supports the-often unsung heroes of wounded or ill Veterans - the ones who take care of them. Announcement of the partnerships, made during a summit co-hosted by VA and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. The daylong event, Empowering Hidden Heroes: Pathways to InnoVAtion, attracted 400 leaders from government, the non-profit sector, private industry, academic and stakeholders from the Veteran and caregiver community.

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#VeteranOfTheDay Army & Navy Veteran Lyle Carr

Posted: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:23:09 +0000

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Lyle Carr.

Lyle was 17 when he joined the United States Army. During his service he spent time at Fort Carlson, Colorado; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; and Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was posted in Germany for 31 months serving as a driver and attended mechanic school.

In 1963, he enlisted in the Navy. He made two trips to Vietnam picking up Marines and equipment. He came back and was transferred to the USS Page. He went on to become a ship fitter, welder, and metal smith.

After being discharged from the Navy, he became a blacksmith in Minnesota until his retirement.

Lyle will tell you that the hardest job he’s ever had “was when he became a dad and a grandpa.”

Thank you for your service, Lyle!

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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