VA Employees Hold Dozens of Rallies Across the Country to Protest Proposed Closing of Veterans Hospitals

Veterans Affairs employees are holding dozens of rallies outside VA hospitals this week and next to protest plans to privatize veterans’ health care and shut down VA hospitals and medical centers. The Commission on Care, a group that was created by Congress to recommend ways of improving veterans’ health care, is close to finalizing a […]

Pentagon Launches Investigation Into Veteran’s Removal From Military Base Over Speech Referencing God

Two days after First Liberty sent a demand letter to the Air Force on behalf of their client Oscar Rodriguez, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James ordered the Air Force Inspector General to review the Air Force’s actions against Mr. Rodriguez. During a retirement ceremony held in April at Travis Air Force base, […]

#VeteranOfTheDay Coast Guard Veteran Christopher Evanson

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Christopher Evanson. Chris joined the Coast Guard in November 2001 and served as a Public Affairs Specialist. While in garrison, Chris had the unique opportunity to serve in the Presidential Honor Guard where he stood watch over the casket of Ronald W. Reagan. Read more on Chris’s service:

American Legion supports unanimous Supreme Court ruling

American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett expressed support for a Supreme Court ruling today that sided with a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from a service-disabled veteran-owned small business for the VA’s failure to comply with Public Law 109-461, commonly referred to as “Veterans First.” “The American Legion applauds this unanimous ruling […]

The American Legion Releases Women Veterans Survey

The American Legion has created a military women veterans survey in order to make specific recommendations for congressional appropriations, Veterans Affairs programs and facilities, and increase the public awareness of issues facing women veterans. “In our continued efforts to recognize the important contributions of women in the military, who now account for nearly 20 percent […]

VA Announces Departure of Acting Under Secretary for Benefits Danny Pummill

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the departure of Danny G.I. Pummill from his post as Acting Under Secretary for Benefits at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). Mr. Pummill has served as the Acting Under Secretary since October 19, 2015. Mr. Pummill had previously planned to retire by the end of 2015, but […]

VA Partners with KaBOOM! To Support Veteran Families

Sometimes play is the best medicine. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing a partnership with the national non-profit organization KaBOOM! to make play more accessible to children visiting VA Medical Centers and VA Fisher Houses. KaBOOM! is one of a number of partnerships formed under the MyVA initiative, the largest transformation in VA’s […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 June 2016

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == Exchange Online Shopping [05] ————————– (Still in Limbo) 06 == Commissary Funding [28] ———— (Budget Neutrality Not Realistic) 07 == DOD Tuition Assistance [04] — (TA & GI Bill Most Popular Schools) 07 == GI Bill [206] ————— (Ashford University’s Pending Disapproval) 08 == POW/MIA Recoveries […]

Senate for Strikes Down Military Commissary Privatization Pilot

The American Federation of Government Employees applauds the Senate for striking down a proposal to begin privatization of Department of Defense commissaries under a pilot project. The Senate voted 70 to 28 on June 7 to kill the privatization pilot project, which had been included in the Senate version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization […]