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VA Announces Vet Job Retraining Funds; Eric Shinseki Comments

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to fund eligible veterans’ educational training for high-demand jobs, the agency announced Wednesday. VA and the Labor Department opened the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program up for applications on Tuesday in order to retrain 99,000 veterans to meet and qualify for job demands. Program funding will cover …

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Eric Shinseki Says Returning Vet Numbers Behind VA Mental Staff Increase

The Department of Veterans Affairs will add an estimated 1,600 mental health clinicians. Psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and nearly 300 additional support staff will join the VA’s current 20,590-strong mental health workforce. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said the increasing numbers of returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq place more responsibility …

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Panetta, Shinseki Move Health Record Integration Date to 2013

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki are moving forward the integration of both departments’ electronic health records systems to 2013 from 2014, EHR Intelligence reports. Jennifer Bresnick writes the two departments expect to have a new timeframe in place later this month, with full deployment of …

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