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Joint Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Senior Official Visit to Demonstration and Joint Incentive Fund Sites

Joint Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)Senior Official Visit to Demonstration and Joint Incentive Fund Sites

Dr. Stephen L. Jones, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Edward Huycke, Chief Liaison and Transition Officer for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) meet with Dan Anderson, 3 MDG Joint Venture & Manpower Manager at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska

Dr. Stephen L. Jones, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Edward Huycke, Chief Liaison and Transition Officer for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and several senior level representatives from the DoD and the VA traveled to a number of DoD/VA sharing locations in Northern California, Seattle/Tacoma, Washington and Anchorage, Alaska this September.

The California visits included David Grant Air Force Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base and the VA Medical Center at Palo Alto. The Alaska visits included the 3rd Medical Group at Elmendorf AFB and the VA Health Care System Clinic in Anchorage. The Washington sites included a visit to Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis and the VA Seattle Medical Center. Each location visited has either a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Demonstration Site Project or a Joint Incentive Fund (JIF) project. In some cases, there are both. The demonstration and JIF projects are required by Sections 721 and 722 of the FY 2003 National Defense Authorization Act.

This joint trip provided the attendees the unique opportunity to talk to both DoD and VA staff working on these sharing initiatives and understand first hand the progress being made, the care being improved, and even the challenges being faced by the sharing sites. "These folks are working very hard to take the best care of our service members, retired service members, and their families. We are thankful for their hard work and impressed with their dedication," said Dr. Jones.