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Secretary promises VA will be more ‘welcoming’ to women veterans
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said his department “needs to be more welcoming to women veterans” and promised improvements at the bureaucracy in months to come. “We are on the cusp of a great change,” Wilkie told veterans attending the inaugural meeting of the Military Women’s Coalition in Georgia on Friday. “This is not my father’s or my grandfather’s VA. It is now your VA. We have to change how we do business, and that means making the institution more welcoming.”

VA Opens New Research Center Focused on Veteran Caregivers
A new Department of Veterans Affairs research hub will focus on veteran caregiver challenges and services, officials announced today. The Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence will operate under the VA Health Services Research and Development program, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie announced today. The virtual center is named in honor of former Sen. Elizabeth Dole whose foundation focuses on caregiver issues, support and research.

VA Hospitals raise awareness about suicide prevention programs for Veterans
Recent reports show 20 veterans are dying each day by suicide. While that number seems high, it's actually lower than years past. "The suicide rate for veterans has actually decreased from the last time we reported out those numbers,” Sharon Anastas, a Suicide Prevention Coordinator with Iron Mountain’s VA Hospital told TV6 News. “It used to be 22 veterans dying each day by suicide, now we're reporting out 20 veterans dying a day by suicide. So we believe that some of the efforts that we are making in suicide prevention may be helping."