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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, applauded the opening of the Industry Innovation Competition by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the most recent effort under the VA Innovation Initiative. With this competition, VA seeks the best ideas from the private sector to address the department’s most important challenges.

“Addressing the challenges facing veterans is a top priority for providing better care,” Senator Murray said. “Encouraging Washington state businesses to find innovative solutions to these challenges will create jobs, spur economic growth, and produce the highest quality care for our brave men and women returning home from duty.”

The VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2) is a program that brings the most promising innovations to VA’s most important challenges by involving employees and the private sector in the creation of visionary solutions in service to Veterans.

Public and private companies, entrepreneurs, universities and non-profits are encouraged to participate in the competition, which targets advancements in housing technology, health care, and tools to assist veterans in starting businesses.  

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