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News from the Department of Veterans Affairs

Press Releases

VA Streamlining Process for Medical/Surgical Purchases (10/21/2016)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking a major step toward system improvement in the processes used to purchase medical and surgical supplies. VA is significantly enhancing the Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) program by replacing it with the Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor - Next Generation (MSPV-NG) program. MSPV-NG purchasing capability greatly improves VA's supply chain and aligns directly with VA Secretary Robert McDonald's 12 Breakthrough Priorities designed to transform VA into a Veteran-centric organization of excellence.

VA and Stanford to Pursue the Nation's First Hadron Center (10/17/2016)

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Stanford Medicine announced today that they are collaborating to establish the nation's first Hadron Center in Palo Alto, CA, for the benefit of Veteran and non-Veteran cancer patients who could benefit from Hadron therapy.

National Audiology Awareness Month (10/5/2016)

Hearing loss, including tinnitus, which is a ringing, buzzing or other type of noise that originates in the head, is the most prevalent service-connected disability among Veterans, with more than 30 million Veterans suffering from a form of it due to frequent exposure to loud noises from weaponry and aircraft. Because of the pervasiveness of hearing loss among Veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs is recognizing October as Audiology Awareness Month by highlighting important VA research on the subject and advances made in treating Veterans with hearing loss.

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This Week at VA #2: Francisco Urena – Marine Veteran, Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services

Posted: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:30:12 +0000

Thank you to everyone that listened to the first podcast episode. We have been receiving a lot of great feedback. Let’s keep the momentum going with episode two featuring Francisco Urena.

Francisco Urena is a Marine Veteran and currently serves as Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services and previously served as the Veterans’ services officer for the cities of Boston and Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Covered in Episode Two:

  • The valuable content being shared on our social media platforms
  • Interview with Marine Veteran Francisco Urena
    Francisco Urena - Massachusetts Secretary Veterans Services

    Francisco Urena – Massachusetts Secretary Veterans Services

    • Francisco’s decision to join the military.
    • Serving during 9/11.
    • Being posted in Syria and Kyrgyzstan.
    • His transition out of the Marine Corps.
    • Getting involved in civil service in Massachusetts.
    • The VA benefits Francisco enjoys
  • Basic information on dental benefits provided by VA
  • #VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Jack Shannon

Click here for the full script of the episode.

This first two episodes are currently available here on the VAntage Point blog and on SoundCloud.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the podcast, please Tweet us using #VApodcast.

Editor’s Note: Due to network restrictions on streaming media, this podcast is not available inside the VA network.  Please check it out on the SoundCloud app (search “Veterans Affairs”) or from home.

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