Welcome to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Official blog. This page provides a forum for veterans, servicemembers, and their spouses and children to learn about VA. If you would like to learn more about a specific VA office or program or if you have specific questions, please visit the Official Internet website.

VA aims to create an open discussion related to the content on this page and encourages helpful and useful comments. We will post and attempt to comment on legitimate questions and concerns regarding the protection, use, storage, or dissemination of personally-identifiable information (PII) or individually identifiable health information (IIHI).

Please note that this is a moderated page, meaning that all comments will be reviewed for appropriate content. Please show respect to those who will read your comments. Comments that do not directly relate to VA, including abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, or similar content will be considered “off topic” and may not be posted on this channel. We reserve the right to determine which comments are acceptable for this page. We will however, post and attempt to comment on legitimate questions and concerns regarding VA’s mission and the Department’s efforts to provide Veteran benefits, health care, and burial and memorial services.

Be aware that the comments published on all parts of this page—even when the commenter identifies himself or herself as a VA employee—are not to be considered official communications from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The responses, by nature, have to be general. The programs discussed are complicated and most rules will have exceptions and caveats. If you have a specific question about your specific situation, please visit our secure question and answer site.

While VA will not collect or retain these comments in our records, this is a public forum and any information provided in comments may be publicly available on VAntage Point and the privacy policies of Word Press apply. Please remember that this is a public forum and any information provided in comments will be available to the general public. As such, please do not include personal details such as a veteran file number, social security number, or any other information you do not want to be available to the general public. If you choose to post personal information, you do so at your own risk. VA disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from any comments posted on this page.

This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy. If you have specific questions regarding a VA program that involves details you do not wish to share publicly, you may contact the program point of contact listed at Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS).

For more on VA’s web privacy policies, please visit our privacy policy page.

VA social media policy:

This page, in conjunction with our other public online presences is intended to keep Veterans and family members informed about the benefits and services available to them through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Feel free to post comments, links, pictures, video, etc. but understand that we do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization.

We do not allow spam, solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.

We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.

You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided.

Please DO NOT post personal information such as social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses etc.

#HonoringVets Contest Rules:

This contest runs between Oct. 15, 2014 10:00 a.m. ET through Nov. 1, 2014 11:59 p.m. ET.

The submission or attempted submission of an entry for this contest constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to any decisions made by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

By submitting your graphic, entrants represent and warrant that the creations they submit:
• Are their own original creations;
• Do not infringe any other person’s or entity’s rights; and
• Have not been submitted previously in a contest or promotion of any kind.

By submitting, entrants grant a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual license to VA to edit, adapt, make derivative works from, broadcast, publish and otherwise use any or all of the descriptions and/or graphic(s) submitted, and may use them for advertising, promotional and/or any other purpose in any and all media now or hereafter devised worldwide in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. By entering this contest, entrants agree to have their submitted graphics(s) used and displayed, either singularly or in combination with others and in any size, on VA’s respective websites and on the websites, social media, and print materials of VA without any fee or other form of compensation due at any time for so long as desired by VA. Credits, descriptions or titles, if any, used with the graphics(s) are in VA’s sole discretion. In the event that ownership of any graphics(s) submitted is challenged in any manner by any person, VA may disqualify that graphic(s) and will discontinue use of the graphic(s).