April 19-23, 2021, was celebrated across the country as VA Psychology Recognition Week. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities celebrated their psychologists, honoring their commitment to our nation’s veterans and thanking them for the amazing work they do as clinicians, researchers, administrators, mentors, and trainees.
As part of the festivities last week, APA CEO Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, and APA President Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, were able to show their support for VA psychologists. Kelly presented the VA Psychology Training Council with a Presidential Citation for all of the amazing work they have done to train VA psychologists as well as honoring their 75th anniversary.
In addition to the work that APA and VA did to honor psychologists, Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) also introduced a resolution honoring April 19–23 as VA Psychology Recognition Week. Takano has long been a supporter of improved access to mental health care, VA research, and the work that psychologists do in VA, including supporting moving psychologists to full Title 38 hiring authority and supporting the full practice of prescribing psychologists.
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