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Panetta, Shinseki Meet to Discuss Joint Veteran Programs


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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki met Monday to discuss issues of common interest to both departments, according to the Defense Department.

Shinseki said he shares a vision with Panetta to provide a seamless service experience for veterans over a lifetime.

“Over the past three years, VA and DoD have made significant progress, but more work remains,” said Shinseki.

Disabled veterans who participate in the U.S. Paralympic Team joined Panetta and Shinseki.

Panetta and Shinseki discussed the following joint VA and Pentagon programs:

  • the disability evaluation system
  • electronic health records
  • transition programs
  • joint pharmacy initiatives
  • recovery coordination for injured or wounded veterans

Panetta and Shinseki reported on the progress of their projects in the said five areas including improvements to the integrated disability evaluation system.

The Pentagon said the secretaries also addressed the new transition assistance program model and a project that could help doctors access VA and Pentagon patient records simultaneously via one monitor.

Panetta and Shinseki will hold their next meeting in May in Chicago.

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