SecVA Nominee Talks Priorities, Caregivers Covid Testing, Vaccines

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VA Secretary Nominee Discusses Priorities in Senate Confirmation Hearing

Secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee Denis McDonough appeared before the Senate Veterans Committee today. He talked about his first priority, which is getting Veterans through this pandemic. As the pandemic continues to claim Veteran lives, he said the path ahead won’t be easy.

“The Department of Veterans Affairs faces great challenges – challenges made even more daunting by the coronavirus pandemic,” he said. “Its capabilities have not always risen to the needs of our Veterans. If confirmed, I promise to fight – every single day – to ensure that our Veterans have the access to world-class, compassionate care they have earned.”

McDonough cited four other priorities for VA and discussed how Veterans continue to inspire him. 



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Virtual Events this Week

Jan. 28 - Webinar: Mindfulness As Your Superpower
Jan. 28 - Virtual Hiring Fair: Careers in STEM
Jan. 28 - Red Cross Caregiver Resiliency Workshop
Feb. 4 - Blue Star Families COVID-19 Vaccine Live Q & A with Dr. Fauci
Feb. 4 - 2020 Mil Spouse Employment Survey Results
Feb. 5 - SBA Veteran Small Business Resource Brief
Feb. 5 - Denver - Soldiers’ Angels Veteran Food Distribution

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Caregivers Eligible for Covid Testing, Vaccine

Designated family caregivers of Veterans participating in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers can receive COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Each facility will determine its own start date based on site-specific resources, needs and vaccine availability.


Work these general self-care practices into your daily routine

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Blue Star Families hosting live Covid Vaccine Q & A

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and Veterans? Let Blue Star Families help you get answers! Register now to join the live town hall event on Thursday, February 4 at 3 PM ET. Hear from Dr. Fauci and other professionals at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic. 



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Resources for Veterans, Military to File Taxes Free

Members of the military and qualifying Veterans can prepare and e-file their taxes for free through MilTax. Taxpayers who do not qualify for MilTax have other options to prepare and e-file their federal taxes for free. 


Discuss Military and Veteran Caregivers on RallyPoint

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Nike donates shoes to VA health care workers during COVID-19 pandemic

VA nurses recently received an unexpected gift. Nike donated nearly 3,800 pairs of Air Zoom Pulse shoes to VA nurses on the frontlines battling COVID-19.


What Veterans Say About the GI Bill

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Borne The Battle: John Del Vecchio

Del Vecchio sets the Vietnam War’s record straight. Listen as he talks about his military experience as a combat correspondent and how he came to author a New York Times bestseller.

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