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VA Announces New Rules Regarding Service Animals in VA Facilities (8/17/2015)

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has revised its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property. The updated regulation will ensure VA practices remain consistent with applicable federal law. It will also assist individuals entering VA facilities in developing a clear and consistent understanding of the criteria governing facility access for service animals.

Senior Veterans Showcase Benefits of Sports During National Veterans Golden Age Games (8/7/2015)

More than 800 Veterans ages 55 and older are expected to compete in the 29th National Veterans Golden Age Games, Aug. 8-12 in Omaha. The official kick-off starts at 6:30 p.m., August 8 at the CenturyLink Center Arena.

VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs (8/5/2015)

The Department of Veterans Affairs today launched two new no-cost training programs, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, to help transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from all eras learn skills, earn credentials, and advance in civilian careers following separation from service.

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Atlanta scientist earns VAs top research award

Posted: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:00:17 +0000

Raymond F. Schinazi, Ph.D., the senior research career scientist at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, is the recipient of the 2015 William S. Middleton Award. The award is VAs highest honor for outstanding achievement in biomedical research.

He was recognized for an exemplary record of service to VA and the biomedical profession, which includes pioneering work in the development of novel antiviral drugs that now form the backbone of combination regiments used in the treatment of HIV infection.

Schinazi and his collaborators made the groundbreaking discovery that sofosbuvir, the primary HIV treatment drug they developed, was alsoa cure for hepatitis C virus infections. Sofosbuvir was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2013. It and the other antiviral drugs developed by Schinazi and his collaborators have saved the lives of Veterans and millions of others worldwide.

The Veterans now take these drugs on a routine basis and it basically keeps the virus in check or it cures the disease, and thats quite impressive, Dr. Schinazi said. So its really a paradigm shift in the treatment of viral diseases. For the first time in history, we actually have a drug that can cure a viral disease. That for the VA is very beneficial, as well as for the rest of the world.

The Middleton Award was established in 1960 to honor William S. Middleton, M.D., distinguished educator, physician-scientist, and VAs chief medical director from 1955 to 1963. It is given annually by the VA Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Service to recognize outstanding contributions in biomedical and bio-behavioral research relevant to the health care of Veterans.

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