VA MISSION Act, World No Tobacco Day, Borne the Battle, and other top VA Stories - May 31, 2019

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Veterans Memorial Mural
TOP PHOTO: The Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration, Dan Sitterly, and other representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs attended the unveiling of the Veterans Memorial Mural at the McPherson Square metro station on Vermont and I streets in Washington DC. The multi-panel mural was a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, DowntownDC Business Improvement District, and Words Beats & Life. Lead artist Addison Karl created this mural entitled "In Service" to honor Veterans.

Click here for more photos of this amazing mural




New eligibility criteria for community care, urgent care benefits and other changes are discussed in a series of posts on VA's progress implementing the VA MISSION Act of 2018.
VA Mission Act

World No Tobacco Day: Better Starts Today

For this year's World No Tobacco Day, VA's Better Starts Today campaign is highlighting some of the mental, emotional and physical health benefits of stopping tobacco use for good. Better Starts Today when you put out the cigarette, ditch the dip or spit out the chew.
World No Tobacco Day

Borne the Battle
Are you a fan of podcasts? Borne the Battle is our weekly podcast where we interview Veterans and share their stories with you.
This week on Borne The Battle we sit down and talk to Marine Corps Veteran Brett D'Alessandro and his longtime girlfriend, Alexa Modero, about their nonprofit Backpacks For Life.
We talk about fighting Veteran homelessness, adjusting to civilian life, and finding a true purpose. Brett and Alexa have made it their mission to help those Veterans that find themselves with nothing but a backpack. In fact, with the nonprofit, Backpacks for Life the first thing they are doing is literally improving the backpack on homeless Veterans' shoulders.

Richard Winters
Richard "Dick" Winters served in the Army during World War II where he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and volunteered for the rigorous paratrooper training program. Later assigned to Company E, commonly referred to as "Easy Company," he served with heroism and distinction in D-Day, the Brecourt Manor Assault, Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. Richard's story inspired the hit HBO series Band of Brothers.

Appeals Management Office unveils new path to speed up appeals decisions

Appeals Management Office unveils new path to speed up appeals decisions

"Tired of waiting" is a phrase we often hear associated with appeals. But since the implementation of the Appeals Modernization Act, Veterans who disagree with VA's decisions on their compensation claims have had a new and quicker way to receive a second look.


Rolling Thunder
Rolling Thunder held a candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

This yearly event, which is held every Memorial Day weekend, brings together over 500,000 motorcyclists who ride through the nation's capital to honor military members who are missing in action, or prisoners of war.