RAO Bulletin Update 01 September 2014

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == DoD Pay and Benefits [02] —— (New Electronic Notification Policy) 04 == DoD/VA Mental Health ———- (Obama Announces New Initiatives) 05 == Exchange Online Shopping [01] — (All Vet Use Proposal Roadblocks) 06 == DoD Ice Bucket Challenge Policy ———————- (Not in Uniform) 07 == DoD […]

Eckrich and “The King” Richard Petty Surprise Navy Petty Officer and Family

With help from Eckrich, an American icon recognized an American hero today outside Atlanta. NASCAR Hall of Famer “The King” Richard Petty surprised Navy Counselor 2nd Class (AW) Peter Theodoracopoulos and his family with the opportunity to be honorary crew members of his No. 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup race team this weekend at the Atlanta […]

Only One Year Left to Apply for Pa. Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs reminds Pennsylvania Veterans that they have until Aug. 31, 2015 to apply for a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice if they served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 – Aug. 31, 1991. “The one year countdown […]

Secretary McDonald Announces the Start of a National Recruitment Effort to Bring Needed Medical Professionals to VA

Speaking to a crowd of medical students, residents and faculty at Duke University’s School of Medicine, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today launched a recruiting initiative aimed at bringing the best and brightest health professionals to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which will ultimately expand access to care for Veterans. “At VA, […]

VA Releases New Version of the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched an improved version of the GI Bill® Comparison Tool, which was first launched in February 2014. The GI Bill Comparison Tool is designed to make it easier for Veterans, Servicemembers, and dependents to estimate their GI Bill education benefits and learn more about VA’s approved college, university, […]

AFGE Praises Actions to Improve Health Care Access

The American Federation of Government Employees today applauded President Obama’s announcement detailing efforts to improve health care access for veterans and their family members, but cautioned that much work remains to eliminate the culture of fear permeating the Department of Veterans Affairs. President Obama’s Aug. 26 announcement detailed 19 executive actions being taken to improve […]