WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the departure of Danny G.I. Pummill from his post as Acting Under Secretary for Benefits at the Veterans Benefits Administration. Mr. Pummill has served as the Acting Under Secretary since October 19, 2015. Mr. Pummill had previously planned to retire by the end of 2015, but upon the departure of previous Under Secretary for Benefits Allison Hickey, he remained as head of the administration at the request of Secretary Robert A. McDonald. His continuing service helped ensure the critical continuity required to complete VBA's transformation, and help expand the MyVA effort at the administration level.
Sometimes play is the best medicine. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing a partnership with the national non-profit organization KaBOOM! to make play more accessible to children visiting VA Medical Centers and VA Fisher Houses. KaBOOM! is one of a number of partnerships formed under the MyVA initiative, the largest transformation in VA's history, which focuses squarely on the needs of Veterans through customer service and strong community partnerships.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it has removed three senior officials at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. The move follows an announcement in March in which VA proposed the removal of Lance Robinson, the facility's Associate Director; Brad Curry, Chief of Health Administration Service; and Dr. Darren Deering, Chief of Staff. In addition to other causes, the three were removed for negligent performance of duties and failure to provide effective oversight for not ensuring Veterans were either properly scheduled for appointments or placed on an appropriate wait list.
Posted: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:23:27 +0000
Todayís #VeteranOfTheDay is Herman Streitburger.
Herman was a crewman on a B-24 Liberator part of the 15th Air Force during World War II.
His crew conducted missions over Italy and Eastern Europe including raids on Romanian oil fields. His aircraft was shot down on his last mission and he spent more than a year as a prisoner of war (POW).
Now he shares his story with school children on Veteranís Day and continues to support his fellow POWs by participating in a local POW support group.
Thank you for your service, Herman!
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