Service to the Armed Forces Reconnection Workshops

New Workshops presented by the American Red Cross Coachella Valley/Morongo Basin are now available – sign up today!

The American Red Cross continues to help members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with and respond to the challenges of military service.  The Red Cross has developed a new series of free and completely confidential Reconnection Workshops that are available now.  Workshops are open to all branches of service—if you are a veteran, or if you are on Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, or if you are a caregiver or family member, please attend.

Our Reconnection Workshops are presented in small groups.  Workshops focus on developing, discussing and practicing communication skill building for individuals and their families.


On October 7, 2017, the workshop “Identifying Depression” will be held 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Air Museum.  

If you wish to attend this workshop please RSVP in advance to Frank Castner at


Exchange Shopping for Veterans


Starting Nov 11, Honorably discharged Vets can shop online At Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Info on how to qualify can be found at Shop My Exchange  Benefits include free shipping and NO Tax.


Courtesy of Jim Macintosh


Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

News Releases

 VA Announces Plan to Dispose Of Or Reuse All Its Vacant Buildings in 24 Months: Move Projected to Save Taxpayers Millions Annually - WASHINGTON — Following through on a key promise from less than a month ago, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin today announced a plan to dispose of all vacant VA buildings in 24 months (either by demolishing or setting for reuse). (6/20/17)

 Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin statement on passage of accountability bill - We need to hold our employees accountable for their actions if they violate the public trust, and at the same time protect whistleblowers from retaliation (6/13/17)

Health IT Publisher Recognizes 11 Innovative VA Programs - WASHINGTON — Federal Health IT, a print and digital publication, will recognize 11 innovative, health-information technology (IT) programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at a June 6 award ceremony in Washington, D.C. (6/6/17)

VA Launches Physician Ambassador Program: Department partners with volunteer medical professionals to improve care - WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has launched the Physician Ambassador Program, an effort to recruit volunteer medical providers, at the more than 1,700 VA health-care facilities across the nation. (6/6/17)

VA Secretary announces decision on next-generation Electronic Health Record - Today U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced his decision on the next-generation Electronic Health Record (EHR) system for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at a news briefing at VA headquarters in Washington. (6/5/17)

New VA Online Tool Helps Veterans Learn About and Compare Effective PTSD Treatments - WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new online tool this week that will help Veterans compare various treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  (6/2/17)

New VA Initiative Focuses on Combating Fraud, Waste and Abuse - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) announced it will launch the “Seek to Prevent Fraud, Waste and Abuse (STOP FWA)” initiative that will capitalize on existing departmental activities that prevent or identify FWA, as well as ensure a consistent approach to FWA risk management as a way to centralize organizational resources. (6/2/17)

Secretary Shulkin Delivers His First State of the VA Address - WASHINGTON — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin delivered his first State of the VA address today, highlighting the activity and direction of the agency since his appointment in February. In his address, Secretary Shulkin stated that he wanted to update Veterans on the progress the agency is making while also acknowledging the shortcomings that the VA has identified and will address in the upcoming months. (5/31/17)

Statement by VA Secretary Shulkin in Support of Senate Accountability Bill - WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin is issuing the following statement in support of the Senate Accountability Bill: “I’m pleased to see the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee moving forward tomorrow on our much-needed accountability bill, and hope the senators pass it promptly without delay.  (5/23/17)

Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $186.5 Billion VA Budget - WASHINGTON — In his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, President Trump is proposing $186.5 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The budget request will ensure the nation’s Veterans receive high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services. The budget also supports the continued transformation of VA to rebuild the full trust of Veterans as a premier provider of choice for their services and benefits. (5/23/17)

VA Earns Top Honors for Environmental Sustainability in Health Care - WASHINGTON — Nine Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Medical Centers were recognized for their efforts in environmental sustainability in health care at an award ceremony May 18 in Minneapolis. (5/19/17)

VA’s Lead Geriatrician to Receive Top Award and Deliver Lecture at Annual Meeting - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that its chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care, Dr. Richard M. Allman, is receiving the Edward Henderson Award, and will present the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting this week in San Antonio.  (5/19/17)

VA Announces Contract Award for Program for a Faster Care Mobile App for Veterans to Schedule Medical Appointments - WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently awarded a contract for a commercially available, off-the-shelf online patient self-scheduling system through a mobile application, or app, that will help improve access to care for Veterans. (5/17/17)

VA Hosts Annual Brain Trust Event in Boston - BOSTON — Designed to promote forward-thinking dialogue and innovative collaboration among private industry as well as national professional sports organizations around the issue of brain health, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting its second annual Brain Trust: Pathways to InnoVAtion summit, which kicked off today at Harvard University. (5/17/17)

Secretary David Shulkin Announces Establishment of Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection and Names Peter O’Rourke as its Senior Advisor and Executive Director - Today U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin announced that he has established the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection in the Department, and that Peter O'Rourke will serve as Senior Advisor and Executive Director of the Office, reporting directly to the Secretary (5/12/17)












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