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FOX News (New York), Jan. 17: VA Secretary Wilkie: Unemployment rate for military veterans hits an 18-year low under the Trump administration

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie gives President Trump credit for making the care of veterans the center of his campaign.

FOX News (New York), Jan. 14: VA Secretary Wilkie: The VA is making real progress on suicideprevention for veterans

Under President Trump, VA has done more in the last two years than it has in decades in reforming the department and improving care and benefits for our nation’s heroes. The VA has made groundbreaking progress, particularly in the areas of accountability, transparency and efficiency across the department while achieving an unprecedented series of legislative successes, including giving greater choice in care to our nation’s veterans through the MISSION Act.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), Jan. 16: For 27 years this paralyzed Air Force veteran could not walk.Now a robotic exoskeleton has him on his feet. In 1991 Dean Juntunen broke his back when he fell 30 feet from a rope swing. Doctors told him he would never walk again. For the last 27 years, their words were correct. But in November the paralyzed Air Force veteran stood up for the first time since the accident and walked with the help of a robotic exoskeleton.

KAIT/ABC-9 (Jonesboro, Arkansas), Jan. 16: Exoskeleton device helps paralyzed Olive Branch veteran walk again

A Mid-South hero is taking his first steps again thanks to new technology. Veteran Tyler Densford became paralyzed in 2016 after a training exercise in the U.S. National Guard. A grim prognosis has changed for the Olive Branch man, who will soon could be walking on his own thanks to advancements in medicine and technology.

Military Times (Springfield, Virginia), Jan. 16: VA eyeing new partnership with states to help prevent veterans suicide

Veterans Affairs officials in coming weeks will roll out new partnerships with at least seven states to focus attention and resources on preventing veterans suicide, re-upping a successful tool from their earlier campaigns to end veterans homelessness. Dr. Keita Franklin, director of VA’s office of suicide prevention, said Tuesday during a congressional staff briefing on the topic that department officials will be announcing a new “governor’s challenge” to expand ongoing prevention programs to audiences outside the veterans community. (San Francisco), Jan. 15: VA Suspends Debt Collections for Furloughed Feds

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that furloughed federal employees and their family members who have debts with the VA may be eligible for a temporary suspension of collectionactivity. Veterans who have a debt to the VA based on a benefit overpayment, such as compensation or GI Bill benefits, can request that the department automatically suspend collections for up to 90 days. (San Francisco), Jan. 15: VA Renews Pledge Vets' Health Care Won't Be Privatized

The Department of Veterans Affairs pushed back Monday at a New York Times report suggesting that expanded community-care options under the VA Mission Act would lead to the "privatization" ofVA health care and the eventual shutdown of some VA medical centers. "Privatization is a myth and to suggest otherwise is completely false and a red herring designed to distract and avoid honest debate on the real issues surrounding veterans' health care,"Curt Cashour, a VA spokesman, said in a statement.

FOX Business (New York), Jan. 14: US veteran unemployment rate hits all-time low in 2018

Unemployment among America’s military veterans reached an all-time low in 2018, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the year, unemployment among post-9/11 vets fell below4 percent, to 3.8 percent, for the first time, as first reported by the Military Times Opens a New Window.

Federal News Network (Washington), Jan. 14: The evolution of the Veterans’ Appeals process: a conversation with Cheryl Mason

How is the Veterans’ Appeals process changing? What are the key priorities for the VA Board of Veterans’ Appeals? How is the implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and ModernizationAct of 2017 going? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Cheryl Mason, Chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

WFAA/ABC-8 (Dallas), Jan. 14: Dallas VA is nation’s first VA to performsurgery in 3D

It was 6:30 a.m. on a Friday and the surgical suite at the VA North Texas Health Care System was already busy. Nurses scrubbed in and carefully laid out instruments in operating rooms. Teamswere assembled. Patients were moved into place. Doctors perform more than 7,500 operations a year at the VA, but new technology arrived at the end of 2018 that revolutionized how some of those surgeries can be performed.

WCPO/ABC-9 (Cincinnati, Ohio), Jan. 14: Cincinnati VA Medical Center helps veteranswith opioid addictions retake their lives

Addiction crept into Robert Windburn’s life an inch at a time on soft, silent feet, escorted first by marijuana, then by alcohol and finally heroin. The last habit bloomed into one he estimatedcost him about $60 daily at its peak.

Ocala Star-Banner (Ocala, Florida), Jan. 14: VA’s VIST program aids veterans with poor vision

Diminished eyesight has not lessened Harry Schoepf’s zest for building scale models or his attention to minute detail. Schoepf, the winner in 1961 of a college scholarship in a GM-sponsoredNational Styling Scholarship competition for youth, began to create a detailed red oak and brass one-fourth scale 1913 Ford Model T “C” Cab Delivery Van more than 25 years ago. He has continued to work on the model despite being declared legally blind in 2012due to progression of glaucoma.

KIVI/ABC-6 (Nampa, Idaho), Jan. 14: Boise VA mobile vet center helps veterans in rural communities

The Boise VA is one of the highest rated VA facilities in the country, however, it can also be a long drive for veterans to get downtown to receive the services that they need. Thatis where the mobile vet center comes in, it's a large truck that will bring those services to different parts of Idaho and into Oregon. "We meet with veterans in small towns who may not have services," said Dan Ashley who operates the mobile vet center.

Erie Times-News (Erie, Pennsylvania), Jan. 14: Erie women’s veterans program connects through art

A few years ago, Nadean Sitter noticed that the support group for women veterans she had helped start had taken a gloomy turn. “It became very down,” said Sitter, the Women Veterans Program managerfor the Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “There was a lot of disclosure, a lot of pain, a lot of angst.”