VA to Revise State Veteran Home Construction Regulations

Today, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA plans to propose changes to regulations for its State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program to make it easier to for States to receive VA funding to construct Veterans homes in rural areas. State Veterans Homes provide Veterans with nursing home, domiciliary or adult day […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 August 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == DoD MAVNI Program [01] ———————- (Participants File Lawsuit) 05 == NDAA 2018 [10] ————– (Active Duty/Retiree Out-Of-Pocket Costs) 07 == DoD Preemptive Strikes ——————- (Pentagon Plan for North Korea) 08 == Transgender Lawsuits ——————————————– (First One Filed) 08 == POW/MIA [90] ————————————- (Pvt. Dan Lawrence Feragen) […]

VA staffing new White House VA Hotline Principally with Veterans

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the two-month pilot phase of the new White House VA Hotline that began in June has demonstrated that Veterans calling the hotline respond best when their calls are answered by fellow Veterans and others with first-hand experience on their issues. As a result, VA announced that […]

MSPB forces VA to take back fired official, VA exploring all options under new accountability authorities

On August 2, the Vice Chairman of the federal Merit Systems Protection Board ordered a stay of VA’s removal of the former director of the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center. MSPB’s stay order requires VA to return Brian Hawkins, fired on July 28, to work pending the Office of Special Counsel’s review of Hawkins’ claim that […]

VA Secretary Shulkin to keynote health-care and technology Demo Day at Georgetown University

VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin will be the featured speaker at VA’s annual health-care and technology Innovation Demo Day, to be held Aug. 8 at Georgetown University’s Lohrfink Auditorium. Organized by VA’s Center for Innovation (VACI), Demo Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and provides a platform for 100 innovators to share […]

VA Extends Funding to Groups Impacted By Grant and Per Diem Program Changes

Today, VA Secretary David J. Shulkin announced an extension of funding to organizations that applied for Fiscal Year 2018 grants under VA’s Homeless Providers’ Grant and Per Diem Program, but would be found ineligible due to new program guidelines. The extension will give those organizations a chance to improve the effectiveness of their programs and an […]

Congress Moves to Improve Pay for PAs in the Veterans Administration

The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) applauds Congress for passage of legislation that will implement competitive pay for PAs (physician assistants) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the single largest employer of PAs in the U.S. The VA Choice and Quality Employment Act now moves forward to the President’s desk for signature. PAs are […]

Statement by VA Secretary David J. Shulkin – Passage of the Forever GI Bill

Congress has spoken with a strong voice in support of our Veterans this afternoon. The Forever GI Bill expands the success our Veterans have had with the GI Bill providing opportunities that otherwise would not be possible. In particular, it restores benefits to Veterans who were impacted by school closures since 2015 and has special […]

Support the Washington D.C. Operation Turbo 5K on August 13th

Local Fairfax, VA attorney Karin Riley Porter is sponsoring the Washington D.C. Operation Turbo 5K race and is encouraging members of the community to participate. Proceeds from the race will help to deliver care packages, or “little boxes of home” as they call it, to our deployed U.S. military troops. This is a perfect opportunity for community […]

Statement by VA Secretary David J. Shulkin – Congressional Approval of VA Choice Funding Legislation

Congress took an important step last night in helping the VA to continue to build an integrated system that allows Veterans to receive the best healthcare possible, whether from VA or the private sector. The $2.1B in Choice funding ensures there will be no disruptions to quality care for our Veterans. Our Veterans have earned […]