RAO Bulletin Update 01 April 2015

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == DoD 2016 Budget [01] —————————— (2011 BCA Impact) 05 == Military Retirement System [18] ————— (Proposed Alternative) 06 == DoD Sexual Abuse [20] ————— (Male on Male Sexual Assault) 07 == Commissary Deli Closures ———————– (22 More in 12 States) 08 == Commissary Funding ———– (Proposed […]

VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of nearly $93 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) 3-year grants that will help approximately 45,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 24 non-profit agencies in 15 communities, with $30 million in awards being distributed […]

VA Makes Gains in Faster Disability Claims Processing

The federal initiative to provide timely decisions on disability payments to Veterans has crossed a major milestone in its final sprint to eliminate the backlog of Veterans’ benefits claims. The major transformation effort to apply new technology and process solutions has paid off at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It reduced its inventory of […]

Hundreds of Disabled Veterans to Attend Winter Sports Clinic

More than 300 disabled Veterans are hitting the slopes this week at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colorado. The Clinic, sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and DAV (Disabled American Veterans), is the largest adaptive event of its kind in the world and will take place from March […]

Construction Starts on Project for Disabled Veterans, Thanks to $500K Grant

Texas is home to more than 1.6 million veterans, second only to California in veteran population, according to a 2012 U.S. Census Bureau report. The Freedom’s Path at Kerrville apartments will help provide affordable housing for some of those veterans when it opens at the end of 2015. A ceremonial ground-breaking event today paid tribute […]

VA Makes $8 Million in Grants Available for Adaptive Sports for Disabled Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing a Notice of Funding Availability for up to $8 million in grants for fiscal year 2015 to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces throughout fiscal year 2016. “We encourage non-profit organizations, Veterans’ groups, universities, municipalities and other eligible groups […]

SoCalGas Joins 2-1-1 Orange County to Launch Internet Site to Help Veterans and their Families Gain Greater Access to Services

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has supplied a $30,000 grant to help 2-1-1 Orange County develop and launch an internet site that will help Orange County veterans and their families gain greater access to services, which was announced today at the Orange County Supervisors meeting. The new portal is connected to 2-1-1 Orange County’s extensive […]

Requirement of Standardized Claim, Appeal Forms

With the goal of making the application process easier and more efficient for our Veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) now requires Veterans seeking disability benefits to use standardized claim and appeal forms. These standardized forms guide Veterans to clearly state the symptoms or conditions for which they are seeking benefits and provide the […]