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VA Announces Departure of Acting Under Secretary for Benefits Danny Pummill (6/16/2016)

WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the departure of Danny G.I. Pummill from his post as Acting Under Secretary for Benefits at the Veterans Benefits Administration. Mr. Pummill has served as the Acting Under Secretary since October 19, 2015. Mr. Pummill had previously planned to retire by the end of 2015, but upon the departure of previous Under Secretary for Benefits Allison Hickey, he remained as head of the administration at the request of Secretary Robert A. McDonald. His continuing service helped ensure the critical continuity required to complete VBA's transformation, and help expand the MyVA effort at the administration level.

VA Partners with KaBOOM! To Support Veteran Families (6/14/2016)

Sometimes play is the best medicine. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing a partnership with the national non-profit organization KaBOOM! to make play more accessible to children visiting VA Medical Centers and VA Fisher Houses. KaBOOM! is one of a number of partnerships formed under the MyVA initiative, the largest transformation in VA's history, which focuses squarely on the needs of Veterans through customer service and strong community partnerships.

VA Announces Formal Removal of Three Phoenix Health Care System Officials (6/8/2016)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it has removed three senior officials at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. The move follows an announcement in March in which VA proposed the removal of Lance Robinson, the facility's Associate Director; Brad Curry, Chief of Health Administration Service; and Dr. Darren Deering, Chief of Staff. In addition to other causes, the three were removed for negligent performance of duties and failure to provide effective oversight for not ensuring Veterans were either properly scheduled for appointments or placed on an appropriate wait list.

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#VeteranOfTheDay Marine Veteran Harold Schultz

Posted: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:28:24 +0000

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Harold Schultz.

Harold enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 17.

Private First Class Schultz was recently identified as one of the Marines raising the flag in the famous photograph taken on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.

After enduring a serious injury in Japan, Harold left the service to work 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service.

His stepdaughter once told him that he is a hero. “Not really. I was a Marine,” he said.

Harold died in 1995.

We honor his service.

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