National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament – Can’t is Not a word in my Vocabulary

“Adaptive sports are about showing Veterans, and family members too, that there shouldn’t be any limitations to what they may want to do”, Kirt Sickels, Director of the National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament. Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the TEE Tournament uses a therapeutic format to promote rehabilitation, fellowship and camaraderie among participants. For more […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 January 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 05 == DARPA Sensor Program —- (Goal | Increased Maritime Awareness) 05 == Pentagon Financial Audit —- (Will Cost $367 Million In FY18) 06 == Navy Forward Deployed Ships —- (Rotation For Maintenance Policy) 07 == Transgender Lawsuits [06] —- (Administration Drops Legal Fight) 08 == DoD Fraud, […]

VA Facilities Now Offer Same-day Care for Urgent Primary and Mental Health-care Needs

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a major milestone, that 100 percent of its more than 1,000 medical facilities across the country now offer same-day services for urgent primary and mental health-care needs. Same-day services means a Veteran with an urgent need for primary care and mental health-care receives services that may […]

VA Becomes First Hospital System to Release Opioid Prescribing Rates

Today U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA has begun publicly posting information on opioids dispensed from VA pharmacies, along with VA’s strategies to prescribe these pain medications appropriately and safely. With this announcement, VA becomes the only health-care system in the country to post information on its opioid-prescribing rates. The […]

VA Revises Regulations on Reimbursement for Emergency Treatment of Veterans

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has, through a Federal Register notice, revised its regulations concerning payment or reimbursement for emergency treatment for non-service connected conditions at non-VA facilities. VA will begin processing claims for reimbursement of reasonable costs that were only partially paid by the Veteran’s other health insurance (OHI). Those […]

President Donald J. Trump signs Executive Order to Improve Mental Health Resources for Veterans Transitioning from Active Duty to Civilian Life

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order titled, “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life.” This Executive Order directs the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security to develop a plan to ensure that all new Veterans receive mental health care for at least one year following […]

POW/MIA UPDATE: January 7, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL: All who receive and read this message are wished a year in 2018 that is richly blessed with good health, positive contributions, plentiful opportunities and great happiness. LEAGUE DELEGATION EN ROUTE TO SOUTHEAST ASIA: A National League of POW/MIA Families Delegation, led by Chairman of the Board/CEO Ms. Ann Mills-Griffiths, […]

VA Seeks Public Comment on Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is seeking public comments on how it can further strengthen and improve caregiver support through the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). Through a Federal Register notice, VA announced a 30-day comment period to hear from stakeholders on whether and how PCAFC should be refined to […]

VA to Take Immediate Actions on Timely Payments to Community Providers

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a series of immediate actions to improve the timeliness of payments to community providers. The actions will address the issue of delayed payments head-on and produce sustainable fixes that solve ongoing payment issues that affect Veterans, community providers and other VA partners. “It is vital to […]

Chairwoman and New Members Appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the appointment of a new chairwoman and four new members to the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises the VA Secretary on issues and programs of importance to women Veterans, their families and caregivers. “As VA continues to work toward modernization, the […]