_CONGRESSWOMAN’S PROVISIONS AIM TO PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO RECENTLY DISCHARGED SERVICE MEMBERS AND ADDRESS STAFFING SHORTAGES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS _ WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation which includes two amendments authored by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) that would provide employment opportunities to recently discharged service members, and […]

African American/Black History Month: Black Military History – First African American Female Soldier From Maryland Killed in Iraq

According to the United States Department of Defense, Media Contact (Army Public Affairs) on August 15, 2005, the Department of Defense announced death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. “Specialist Toccara R. Green, 23, of Rosedale, Maryland, died on August 14, 2005, in Al Asad, Iraq, where multiple improvised explosive devices detonated […]

Honorable David J. Shulkin has been (unanimously) confirmed as Secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (Washington Post/by Lisa Rein)

  By Lisa Rein Politics (Washington Post) “David J. Shulkin, an internist and longtime health administrator, was unanimously confirmed Monday to lead the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, becoming the first of President Trump’s Cabinet picks to be embraced by all Republicans and Democrats. He is the sole holdover from the Obama administration. No senators dissented on […]

Military History of African Americans and African American/Black History Month

Learn more about the accomplishments, achievements, and struggles African American service members have conquered while serving our country. The links and descriptions below were compiled by the VAG, using using the directory from the research by Contributor Sean O’Melveny. The Tuskegee Airmen Find a brief history of this groundbreaking World War II air crew, […]

Employment Hiring Freeze

On January 23, 2017 President Trump issued a memorandum instituting a hiring freeze for federal employees. On January 25, 2017 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum advising of immediate actions and initial guidance for the federal hiring freeze. Of particular note from the OMB’s memorandum: An individual who has received a job […]

Veteran News Nationwide

David Shulkin: Saving Veterans lives every day Summit brings VA and contracting partners together to improve VA community care Looking for a career in different VA locations? N. Carolina: Mountain Classic Car Show to benefit homeless Veterans this weekend Midland Daily News: Suicide prevention coordinator committed to helping Veterans

New Generation Leadership Conference in Honor of Veterans with Diabetes

Chaplain, Dr. Eve Taylor has asked us to share the following flyer for the upcoming annual (2017) New Generation Leadership Conference – “Hearing the Clarion Call of God.” The conference will be April 7th-8th, 2017 and will honor veterans battling diabetes. New Generation Leadership Conference 2017 flyer For more details, please visit the New Generation […]

U.S. to Pay Billions to Marines affected by Contaminated Drinking Water

This is an important step forward for Marines affected by contaminated drinking water while stationed at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987. Outgoing VA Secretary Bob McDonald determined that there was “sufficient scientific and medical evidence” to establish a connection between exposure to the contaminated water and eight medical conditions for […]

President Elect Donald Trump selects insider as nominee to run the VA.

See Link for details: “The Honorable Dr. David J. Shulkin is Under Secretary of Health for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. As the Chief Executive of the Veterans Health Administration, Dr. Shulkin leads the nation’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.76 million Veterans each year. […]