VA launches community-focused public health model to prevent Veteran suicide

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP) and VA Midwest Health Care Network (Veterans Integrated Service Network [VISN] 23) have been working with academic researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) to spearhead a community-based program as one of many efforts aimed […]

VA’s national cemeteries to host Memorial Day ceremonies

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) will host Memorial Day ceremonies from May 25 to May 27 to commemorate the nation’s fallen service members. “At VA, we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice by providing them with a perpetual memorial in our national cemeteries,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “And we […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 May 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) [01] —- (Trump Cancels Decommission Plan) 05 == China’s Island Building [04] —- (USN Conducts 7th Freedom-of-Navigation Operation) 06 == Feres Doctrine [14] —- (Applies to Things Other than Medical Malpractice Lawsuits) 08 == DoD/VA EHR [05] —- (Terrible Progress on […]

VA’s Home Loan Guaranty program notifies Veterans of potential loan fee waivers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced May 13 that Veterans who qualify for a VA Home Loan funding fee waiver are now being notified in their home loan eligibility certificate and disability compensation award letter. The recent change to the Home Loan Guaranty program aims to improve benefits delivery to Veteran homebuyers. “Through an internal quality improvement effort, VA […]

VA and Virta Health partner in innovative approach to diabetes care

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a partnership on May 13 with Virta Health to explore an innovative program focused on improving the health of persons with type 2 diabetes. In effect since March 22, the agreement will give 400 Veterans the opportunity to participate in the Virta Treatment, which can help individuals safely and […]

VA’s voluntary research genetics program reaches major milestone with 750,000 Veteran partners

In its journey to improve the lives of Veterans through health care research and innovation, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently reached a major milestone with enrollment of its 750,000th Veteran partner in the Million Veteran Program (MVP) — a national, voluntary research initiative that helps VA study how genes affect the health of Veterans. […]

VA senior official, nine other employees win federal government awards

Lauding their transformative efforts, the White House recently selected a senior official from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its Gears of Government President’s Award and nine VA individuals and teams for Gears of Government Agency Awards. The White House’s Executive Office of the President (EOP) and its Office of Management and Budget […]

Five VA employees named as finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals

Five employees from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were recently announced as finalists for the annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, or Sammies, and will be recognized May 9 during a breakfast on Capitol Hill, as part of Public Service Recognition Week. The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, which created the awards program to […]

VA celebrates ‘Science of Hope’ during National Research Week

In celebration of important medical research conducted by the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), VA medical centers (VAMCs) nationwide will showcase innovative solutions that VA scientists are developing and bringing into clinical practice with help of university partners and other public and private institutions during VA Research Week, May 13-17. VAMCs will commemorate VA Research […]

VA joins local officials in celebrating effective end of Veteran homelessness in Lexington, Kentucky

Officials from the departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) joined the mayor and representatives of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Continuum of Care (CoC) on April 25 to celebrate the effective end of Veteran homelessness in Lexington, Kentucky. Lexington joins more than 65 other communities and three states — Connecticut, Delaware […]